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Cabrera’s 2-run homer in 10th lifts Indians



Published: Wed, June 20, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Associated Press

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Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer with one out in the 10th inning off hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman to give the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Cabrera drove a 3-1 pitch from Chapman (4-3) into the seats in right field. The second homer allowed this season by the left-hander scored Shin-Soo Choo, who had reached on a one-out single up the middle.

Nick Hagadone (1-0) worked one-third of an inning in Cleveland’s second straight win over the Reds after being swept in three games last week in Cincinnati.

The Reds had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th when Chris Heisey scored from third base with a headfirst slide on a wild pitch by Hagadone.

It was the third blown save by Chapman in 11 chances.

Cleveland came in one-half game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and won for only the third time in eight games.

Pinch-hitter Willie Harris opened the Reds’ 10th with a double to center off Joe Smith.

Zach Cozart, who had three hits, tried to bunt Harris to third, but Smith hustled off the mound to field the ball and make a throw. Harris seemed to elude the tag by third baseman Jack Hannahan, but television replays showed that his front foot slid past the bag as he was tagged out.

Hannahan then fielded a broken-bat grounder by Heisey at the exact instant that the barrel end of the bat bounced between his legs. Hannahan threw to second to force Harris.

Hagadone, a lefty, came on to face Votto and threw a wild pitch just past the slugger’s ear, sending Heisey to second.

Votto worked the count to 3-2 and bounced a ball over Hagadone’s head that was fielded by Cabrera, the shortstop, behind second base. Votto hustled down the line and beat the throw for a single, moving Heisey to third. Brandon Phillips then swung at an 0-1 pitch in the dirt that got past Carlos Santana.

The catcher tracked it down and shoveled the ball to Hagadone covering home, but Heisey beat the tag for a 2-1 lead.

The Reds went ahead 1-0 in the first against Josh Tomlin. Cozart hit a leadoff double, took third on a wild pitch and scored as Heisey grounded a ball up the middle and beat the throw to first by Cabrera for an RBI single.

Tomlin gave up one run and six hits over 62/3 innings.


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