Indians drop fifth straight, fall 8-2
Red record 18 hits en route to dominant victory
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds scored three runs off Zach McAllister in the first inning and never looked back, as they beat the Cleveland Indians 8-2 at Great American Ballpark.
With the win, the Reds sweep the two-game series. The Indians have dropped five straight games, tying a season high, and seven of eight overall.
Xavier Paul singled home two runs with two outs in the first inning to put the Reds up three runs early. Cincinnati scored their first run on aJoey Votto single that scored former Indian Shin-Soo Choo.
The three runs are all that McAllister (4-4, 3.08) would allow over five and one-third innings of work. He worked around 10 hits and a walk while striking out six batters.
The Indians bullpen struggled again, taking over the game with a 3-1 deficit. Rich Hill walked a batter while failing to retire a batter for the second straight outing. Cody Allen replaced Hill to retire the final two batters in the sixth.
Bryan Shaw had his worst outing of the season, giving up four earned runs on five hits in just one-third of an inning. Following his appearance, his ERA ballooned from 1.80 to 3.20. Scott Barnes pitched two-thirds of an inning, working around two base runners. Matt Albers pitched the eighth, surrendering one run on two hits while striking out the side.
In all, the Tribe bullpen allowed five earned runs in less than three innings of work.
The Indians lineup scratched its way within two runs in the fifth, but came no closer to tying the game. After Drew Stubbs singled with one out in the inning, he stole second base before scoring on a two-out single by center fielderMichael Bourn. It was Bourn's seventh RBI of the season and first since his two RBI game against Boston on May 23, the last game the Indians won.
Bourn was the only Indian with more than one hit (2), as the team collected only seven overall. The Reds tallied 18 hits, one shy of their season high, but stranded 12 runners.
The Reds failed to score runs in the middle of the game despite having at least two runners aboard in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. They finally broke the game open by having nine batters at the plate in the seventh.
The Reds will come to Cleveland Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. to play two more games against the northern Ohio team. Justin Masterson (7-3, 3.20) will look to stop the Indians losing streak against soft-tosser Bronson Arroyo (5-4, 3.39).
Notes: Zach McAllister has gone at least five innings and given up no more than three earned runs in his past 12 starts, the first pitcher to do so since Dave Burba in 2000. … The Indians are now 15-17 when Carlos Santanastarts at catcher.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.
Stubbs is a below average hitter who will hit around .240. Rich Hill? meh.
Farm system has no one ready to help. Tribe will be sellers at trading deadline. Cabrera, Reynolds, Stubbs all available