Ramirez hits 35th as Indians wallop Reds
Cleveland’s lead grows to 121/2
Jose Ramirez connected for his 35th homer and Yandy Diaz hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Cleveland’s seven-run sixth inning, helping the Indians pull away from the Cincinnati Reds for a 10-3 victory on Monday night.
Ramirez, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes had three hits apiece in Cleveland’s fifth win in six games. Melky Cabrera and Jason Kipnis each drove in two runs.
The Indians increased their AL Central lead to 121/2 games over idle Minnesota,
Tucker Barnhart, Scooter Gennett and Curt Casali homered for last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped two in a row.
Homer Bailey (1-10) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 51/3 innings.
Barnhart hit his eighth homer in the second, putting Cincinnati in front and stopping the Reds’ four-game homerless streak.
Gennett tied it at 2 with his 18th homer off Mike Clevinger (8-7) in the fifth, but Cleveland grabbed control in the sixth. Diaz gave the Indians the lead for good when he doubled in Greg Allen.
Diaz scored on Brantley’s double. Cabrera added a two-run single, and Kipnis doubled in Ramirez and Brandon Guyer. Gomes tacked on an RBI double that made it 9-2.
Clevinger walked six in five innings, but got his first win since July 1. He allowed five hits and struck out four.
Rookie utilityman Brandon Dixon tossed a perfect ninth for the Reds in his first major league pitching appearance.
Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen played right field in the ninth in his first major league defensive appearance at a position other than pitcher.
Dixon became the fourth position player to pitch for Cincinnati this year.
The Reds recalled left-hander Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville and optioned right-hander Keury Mella to the minors.
Reed posted a 2.70 ERA with 43 strikeouts in his last 362/3 innings. He made 17 starts in the minors but Reds manager Jim Riggleman said he’ll begin in the bullpen.
Indians: Trevor Bauer could return to Cleveland today to have his sore right ankle examined by team doctors.
Bauer was struck by a line drive on Saturday but expects to make his scheduled start on Friday.
Reds: OF Scott Schebler played catch but there is no set timeframe for his return from a sprained right shoulder. He was returned from a rehab assignment last week after experiencing pain while throwing.
Indians: Corey Kluber (14-6) pitches tonight. He is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts against the Reds, including a victory on July 18.
Reds: Sal Romano (7-9) has faced the Indians once, allowing three earned runs over 71/3 innings on July 10 at Progressive Field.