With two stunning defeats behind them, the Reds look to deal the Indians their sixth straight loss Saturday night.
The previous evening, Cordero had given up a game-ending grand slam in the ninth inning of a 10-9 loss to Atlanta. The Reds also suffered a walk-off loss Wednesday night, losing 5-4 to the Braves after Nick Masset(notes) allowed a run in the ninth.
Cincinnati managed to bounce back, remaining one-half game behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
“You don’t have a choice, really,” manager Dusty Baker said. “You can dwell on it and stay in it or you can put it behind you. That shows the kind of character this team has. You have to do that in this game. You don’t have time to feel down about the game you just played. When that happens, depression sets in and nothing good comes out of it.”
Cleveland (15-25) has displayed no such resilience, losing five straight to fall to a season-worst 10 games below .500. The Indians have been held to 16 runs during their skid.
“With a lot of young guys in the lineup, you’re going to take your lumps - as a manager and as a team,” manager Manny Acta said.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, had a second straight outstanding game at the plate to earn its 17th win in 24 games.
Nix is 6 for 9 with two homers and five RBIs in his last two games. In his two seasons in the NL, Gomes is hitting .343 (12 for 35) with four homers and eight RBIs in 10 games as a designated hitter.
The right-hander surrendered two runs and struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-3, 11-inning loss to Tampa Bay on Monday night.
Carmona has not received a decision in one start and two relief appearances versus the Reds. He is 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA in four interleague starts.
Cincinnati will counter with Johnny Cueto(notes) (3-1, 3.67), who is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up one run and struck out seven in seven innings of Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory over Milwaukee on Monday night.
The right-hander’s previous start was the finest of his career, a one-hitter in a 9-0 victory over Pittsburgh on May 11.
Cueto is 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA in three starts against the Indians, and 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in seven interleague outings.