The Reds jumped on Tribe starter Trevor Bauer for four runs in the first three innings in Cincinnati’s 6-1 win over the Indians on Friday night.
Michael Brantley doubled twice and now has 26 this season, one behind teammate Jason Kipnis for the AL lead. But the Indians struggled again with runners in scoring position, leaving eight men on base.
The Reds’ Marlon Byrd homered and pitcher Mike Leake drove in a run on a safety squeeze in the second; in the third, Leake drove in two with a bases-loaded double.
W: Mike Leake (7-5)
L: Trevor Bauer (8-6)
HR: Marlon Byrd (15, 2nd inning off Bauer 0 on, 1 Out); Joey Votto (16, 4th inning off Bauer 0 on, 1 Out)
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