Indians 12, Reds 7
CLEVELAND (AP)—Ben Broussard can sleep even easier now—although he’s not looking for rest.
Broussard dedicated his first homer of the game, which snapped a 6-for-46 (.130) slide, to his 8-day-old daughter, Mia.
“I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep lately, but I was in the middle of the skid when she was born,” Broussard said. “I slept four nights at the hospital, but I wanted to keep playing and get some hits. Hopefully, some more will follow.”
Cleveland, which scored eight runs in the third to overcome a 3-1 deficit, had a season-high 21 hits. The Indians stopped a four-game losing streak, improved to 14-3 in interleague play and boosted their record to 21-10 since May 21.
Westbrook (5-9) tied a career high with eight strikeouts as he won his third straight start. He gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings, walking one. An All-Star last year when he went 14-9, Westbrook had been the victim of several poor offensive performances by the Indians—who have totaled only 15 runs in his nine losses.
Cincinnati’s Javier Valentin, Felipe Lopez and Jason Romano homered in a four-run ninth off David Riske. The Reds, who lost for the first time in four games since Jerry Narron became interim manager, had a winning streak stopped at three for the fifth time this season.
Reds starter Luke Hudson (1-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings.
“It was almost like a hitting parade out there,” said the right-hander, who spent the first two months of the season on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.
“I had to stop it before it got worse. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it. That’s the hardest I’ve ever been hit. I hope I don’t have to go through it again. It was embarrassing, disturbing and downright pathetic.”
Broussard hit his seventh homer in the third and connected again in the fourth for his third multihomer game and first since Sept. 1, 2003, at Detroit.
“Hitting is contagious,” he said. “You see one guy hit one a long way and it gives you some confidence that if you get your pitch, you can do it, too.”
“The disappointing thing was we got the lead and gave it back,” Narron said.
Grady Sizemore doubled and scored in the Indians’ first and sparked the third with his seventh homer.
“Grady started it off the way he’s been doing all year and we just got on a roll,” said Crisp. “It’s pretty tough for everybody one through nine to get multiple hits, but we almost did.”
Only No. 9 hitter Jhonny Peralta had fewer than two hits, going 1-for-5.
After Hafner drew a one-out walk to keep the third inning going, Martinez’s eighth homer put Cleveland ahead 4-3. Broussard followed with another homer, then Ronnie Belliard singled and went to third on a double off the right-field wall by Jody Gerut.
Hafner hit a 477-foot shot to right-center for his 11th homer and 11-3 lead in the fifth.
Cleveland is 20-1 when scoring at least six runs. … The attendance of 42,521 was Cleveland’s first sellout since opening day and largest crowd at Jacobs Field since July 14, 2002, against the New York Yankees. … Westbrook is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last four starts at home. … Sizemore went 2-for-4 and is hitting .393 (35-for-89) in June. … The Reds have lost nine of 10 on the road and are 7-25 away from Cincinnati. … Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-2 with a walk but made two outstanding catches in center to take away extra-base hits from Belliard to close the fifth and Gerut to open the sixth. … Reds pitchers have allowed 114 homers, the most in the majors.