Brantley homers as Indians down RedsJul 3, 2011 - 2:03 AM
The Indians overcame an injury to starting pitcher Fausto Carmona. He strained his right quadriceps in the third inning after losing his balance and falling on his stomach while running out a ground ball.
Frank Herrmann (1-0) replaced Carmona on the mound and allowed one hit over three innings to pick up his first major league win. Vinnie Pestano escaped a jam in the ninth inning, striking out Scott Rolen to end the game, leaving runners at the corners. It was Pestano's second save of his career.
"It feels really good to be able to contribute," Herrmann said. "It's fun being on a good team, but it's even more fun when you can contribute and help out."
Homer Bailey (3-3) was charged with eight hits and two earned runs. He fanned seven batters over seven innings, but lost his third consecutive decision.
Joey Votto homered in the eighth inning for Cincinnati, which has lost six of its last eight home games. The Reds couldn't capitalize in key situations, going 1-for-13 with men in scoring position. They stranded 12 base runners.
Cleveland is 5-0 this season against the Reds and can complete the season whitewash on Sunday when Mitch Talbot takes the mound for the visitors.
The Reds wasted a first and third opportunity in the second, and the Indians went on top the next inning. Lou Marson singled and Carmona sent a bouncer to Rolen at third. Paul Janish pulled his foot off the base on the throw to second.
Carmona bolted down the line to avoid what he thought would be a double play. Instead, he tripped and landed on his stomach. Carmona walked off the field and was replaced by Josh Tomlin as a pinch-runner. Brantley then belted a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right field.
"We just had that one innings where it kind of fell apart on us," Bailey said. "I think the umpire made a mistake on that play at second. Then we had that one big at-bat. He's a good hitter and has been hitting well all year. He found a pitch and hit it out."
The best chance for the Reds to do damage came in the seventh. They loaded the bases with one out, but Drew Stubbs' grounder resulted in a force out at home. Joe Smith, who started the frame, finished his 19th straight scoreless appearance by fanning Brandon Phillips to end the frame.
Votto homered to center off Tony Sipp leading off the bottom of the eighth. Pestano walked Stubbs and Votto singled with two outs in the ninth, but the Reds faltered again.
Mike Leake will start on the mound Sunday for the Reds...Rolen is one hit shy of 2,000 for his career...Cincinnati fell to 5-12 in interleague play, while the Indians moved to 11-6...Cleveland, which is alone in first place in the AL Central, has beaten the Reds six straight times.
- CLEVELAND: 3
Jul 2 7:27 PM
- Joey Votto lead-off Home Run (12) to center. Scott Rolen due up.
Indians 3, Reds 1 Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 2 6:53 PM
- Orlando Cabrera flied out to right. None on with one out and Asdrubal Cabrera due up.
Indians 3, Reds 0 Top 3, 1 OutJul 2 5:00 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Jul 2 4:13 PM
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