Joey Votto hit a three-run double on a 3-2 count with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds the lead as they rallied to defeat the host Cleveland Indians 7-4 Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians, who lost their fourth in a row, wasted eight scoreless innings by starter Trevor Bauer.
Cody Allen (2-4) took over in the ninth and gave up three runs while in the game, on pinch-hitter Jose Peraza’s two-out single and pinch-hitter Adam Duvall’s two-run double.
After two more walks (one intentional), Dan Otero replaced Allen with two outs, the bases loaded, and Votto coming to bat. Votto lined a bases-clearing double to right field to give the Reds a 6-4 advantage. Eugenio Suarez’s second single of the inning brought Votto home to cap the seven-run outburst.
Allen was charged with six runs, three hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning.
Left-hander Kyle Crockett (1-0) got the victory and Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 19th save of the season.
Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez hit solo home runs in the first inning for the Indians, who will try to avoid a sweep in the three-game interleague series Wednesday.
Bauer allowed three hits, walked four and struck out 12. It was his seventh consecutive quality start with eight or more strikeouts and no homers allowed, the longest such streak in the live-ball era (since 1920), per STATS LLC. Hideo Nomo, Pedro Martinez (twice), Justin Verlander, R.A. Dickey and Chris Sale each had six such starts in a row.
Bauer didn’t allow a hit until Jesse Winker lined a single to center with one out in the fifth. But Bauer got Tucker Barnhart to ground into an inning-ending double play on the next pitch.
Lindor led off bottom of the first with his 24th homer of the season. Lindor hit a 2-2 pitch from Sal Romano over the right-field wall.
An out later, Ramirez hit his 25th homer to right-center. It also came on a 2-2 pitch.
The Indians added two more runs in the second on an error and a Lindor groundout.
Romano allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
—Field Level Media