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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.

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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