Indians Vs. Reds: Cincinnati Sweeps The Battle Of Ohio

A 12-run output for the Reds buried the Indians in the series finale.

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Indians Vs. Reds: Tomlin Falters As Cincinnati Sweeps Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians squandered an early 2-0 lead and never recovered as they dropped the series finale to the Cincinnati Reds, 12-5, and were swept in the process.

Josh Tomlin was not at his best for the Indians, surrendering six runs and 10 hits over four innings to take his fourth loss of the season. He had his most trouble with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, who combined for seven RBI in the victory.

On the bright side for Cleveland, Shin-Soo Choo clubbed two home runs in the loss. The two teams combined for five home runs, 17 runs and 29 hits.

The loss drops Cleveland to two games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central standings. The Indians will return home to open a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend.

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Dusty Baker Responds To Derek Lowe's Comments

Dusty Baker responded -- at length -- to Derek Lowe's post-game comments Wednesday night.

Quick backstory: Lowe, who was batting because the Indians were playing at Cincinnati, was brushed back by an inside fastball from Reds pitcher Mat Latos. Lowe then motioned toward the Cinci dugout, toward Baker. Later in the game, Lowe plunked Brandon Phillips.

In a Thursday morning post, Cincinnati.com's John Fay quoted Baker saying:

"I'm not denying nothing. I didn't order anyone to hit him. I told (Mat Latos) to buzz him and make him uncomfortable. That's what happened. Nobody hit him. Then he hit our guy...."

After the game Lowe made vague insinuations about a past incident, but didn't explain what exactly had happened. When asked about it, Baker said:

"What he was talking about was something that he said and did a few years. You got to ask him what that was. You got a lot people involved in the situation that didn't need to be involved in the situation. It didn't come from there..."

Fay then writes that things "really got ugly" when a reporter questioned Baker about the fact that Lowe doesn't respect Baker.

"Man, I don't care," Baker said. A lot of people don't respect me. He don't respect himself. The word was whatever he did and said probably there was a good chance he was drinking at the ballpark and he don't remember what he said or what he did. OK.

"When he said I shook my finger at him to say I didn't have nothing to do with it. It wasn't to say I didn't have anything to do with it. It was to say: Don't mess with me or my team. That's what that means. He better learn sign language. OK."

The two teams wrap up their three-game series Thursday. Not to worry, though, because the Reds will be in Cleveland for a three-game series next week.

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Indians Vs. Reds: Cleveland Looks To Salvage Win From Cincinnati Series

The Cleveland Indians will try to avoid the sweep in Thursday's series finale with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Indians offense has slept through the first two games in Cincinnati, scoring a total of just four runs en route to a pair of defeats. Those losses dropped the Tribe to 32-29 and 1.5 games back of the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

Josh Tomlin, 3-3, will take the hill Thursday for Cleveland. Tomlin, 3-3, is coming off his first quality start in a month -- a 7.0-inning, two-run outing against the high-scoring St. Louis Cardinals. But quality start or no, Tomlin struck out just one batter, continuing a recent trend that has seen his strikeout numbers plummet.

Tomlin recorded seven K's in two of his first three starts this season but has reached that mark just once in the five starts since. In his last three outing, Tomlin has eight strikeouts in 18 innings -- one of the reasons he has a 4.96 ERA.

The Reds, who are currently first place in the NL Central, will start Mike Leake, who is 2-5 with an almost identical 4.97 ERA.

Cinci will be in Cleveland next week for another three-game set.

First pitch Thursday is set for 12:35 Eastern.

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Indians Vs. Reds Final Score: Cleveland Drops Second Straight Against Cincinnati 5-3

The Cleveland Indians have dropped two in a row against the Cincinnati Reds. They lost 5-3 Wednesday night after dropping the series opener 7-1 on Tuesday.

Brandon Phillips hit 3-for-3, including a two-run home run to deep left center in the seventh that put the Reds up 5-2.

Michael Brantley extended his hit streak to 20 games with a single in the fourth. The streak is a career high and it is tied for the longest in the MLB this season. It's the longest for a Cleveland player since Casey Blake's 26-game streak in 2007.

Mat Latos improved to 5-3 with the win. He struck out seven and gave up seven hits in seven innings.

Game 3 of the series is at 12:35 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Indians Vs. Reds Score Update: Cleveland Down 3-2 After Six Innings

In Game Two of their series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians are looking to respond after falling 7-1 in Tuesday's series opener.

The game didn't start the way Cleveland wanted, as the Reds' Brandon Phillips singled in Wilson Valdez in the first inning. The Indians evened the score in the top of the fourth when Jason Kipness scored off a fielder's choice.

After Phillips scored on a Ryan Ludwick sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth and Jay Bruce scored Chris Haisley on a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth, Cincinnati held a two-run lead.

Johnny Damon cut the Reds' lead to one in the sixth with an RBI-groundout to score Carlos Santana and the score stands at 3-2 in the top of the seventh.

Right hander Mat Latos has six strikeouts for Cincinatti.

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Indians Add RHP Esmil Rogers To Roster, Option Matt LaPorta To Columbus

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians added right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers to the active roster one day after acquiring the 26-year old reliever from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. In the process, the team also had to option 27-year old first baseman Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus in order to make room for Rogers.

Rogers went 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA over 25.2 innings pitched in 23 appearances for Colorado this season. LaPorta was in his first Major League stint with the Indians after being called-up by the team on June 3 while Johnny Damon was on the paternity list. He appeared in three games and recorded two hits and two strikeouts in eleven at-bats.

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Indians Vs. Reds Preview: Cleveland Looking For Revenge In Game Two

The Cleveland Indians haven't won two-straight games since taking two from the AL Central rival Detroit Tigers on June 5 and June 6. They've no chance in doing it in game two against the Cincinnati Reds as they fell in game one by a score of 7-1. It was a poor performance all around, and the Indians will try and get back in the driver's seat with a win on Wednesday.

Joey Votto had three runs batted in, including a two-run homerun in the seventh inning of game one that started the bleeding, as the Reds piled on another three runs in the eighth inning, including a single to left field by Votto that scored C Heisey.

Game two will see Mat Latos take the mound for Cincinnati as they try and go up two games in the series. He's 4-2 with a 4.85 earned run average. His last outing was a no-decision after pitching just-over six innings with three runs earned. Derek Lowe will pitch for Cleveland to counter, but he's coming off a much tougher outing.

He went five innings in a loss - also against the Tigers - and was shelled for seven runs on June 7. He's 7-4 on the season with a 3.72 ERA. Cleveland had previously won six-straight games against the Reds prior to the loss in game one.

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Indians Vs. Reds Final Score: Tribe Goes Down 7-1 To Cincinnati

The Cleveland Indians had nothing to match the run production of the Cincinnati Reds in their series opener on Tuesday, as the Tribe fell 7-1.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, their reliable bullpen was anything but that against Cincy. Indians relief pitcher Tony Sipp gave up a costly home run to Joey Votto in the seventh inning, but that was just before right-hander Jeremy Accardo spotted the Reds three runs in the eighth, which insured the momentum would remain in Cincinnati's favor.

Indians right-hander Jeanmar Gomez took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings of work. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto picked up the victory after being charged with one run on six hits against the Tribe, who didn't score after the first inning.

For more on the Indians, check out Let's Go Tribe. For more on the Reds, head to Red Reporter. And for the most insightful MLB analysis on the web, be sure to visit Baseball Nation.

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Indians Vs. Reds: Tuesday's Interleague Starting Lineups

Each sporting identical 32-27 records on the season, the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds will open up a much-awaited three-game Interleague series on Tuesday night at Ohio's Great American Ball Park.

The second-place Indians will look to starter Jeanmar Gomez to hopefully stifle a Cincinnati lineup that has powered the Reds into a first-place tie with Pittsburgh atop a crowded NL Central this year. In addition to the obvious parallels between the two organizations' records, the Reds and Indians have each scored 247 and 261 runs respectively this year, and both have won more games than they have lost away from home.

Even though the Chicago White Sox and the divisional lead might be just one win away at the moment, the Indians will surely have their hands full with Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto, who is 6-3 with an impressive 2.63 ERA this season. The 26-year-old Cueto has quickly established himself as one of the most unhittable starters in the National League, and possesses more than enough in his arsenal to keep Indians hitters guessing for much of the evening.

Here are the starting lineups for Tuesday's opener:

Indians
1. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
3. Jason Kipnis - 2B
4. Carlos Santana - C
5. Michael Brantley - CF
6. Johnny Damon - LF
7. Casey Kotchman - 1B
8. Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
9. Jeanmar Gomez - SP

Reds
1. Chris Heisey - CF
2. Wilson Valdez - SS
3. Joey Votto - 1B
4. Brandon Phillips - 2B
5. Jay Bruce - RF
6. Todd Frazier - 3B
7. Ryan Ludwick - LF
8. Ryan Hanigan - C
9. Johnny Cueto - SP

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Indians Vs. Reds: Tribe Looks To Gain Ground In Three-Game Interleague Set In Cincinnati

The Cleveland Indians will be opening a three-game interleague set in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

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