Kazmir, big 4th inning lead Indians past Reds 7-1

The Associated Press
Kazmir, big 4th inning lead Indians past Reds 7-1
View photos
Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn watches his two-run double in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians made certain one inning decided Thursday night's game against Cincinnati.

The Indians, held in check for three innings by Reds starter Homer Bailey, scored seven runs with two outs in the fourth and rolled to a 7-1 win over Cincinnati.

The rally featured six straight run-scoring hits and supported a strong outing by Scott Kazmir, who allowed one run in seven innings.

''That was really fun to watch,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of the big inning that gave the Indians a split of the annual Ohio Cup interleague series.

Reds manager Dusty Baker understandably had a different point of view.

''It's been a long time since I've seen a team get six straight two-out hits,'' he said. ''I'm not sure what the Indians figured out there, but whatever it was, it worked.''

The Reds won in Cincinnati on Monday and Tuesday before the Indians took both games when the series shifted to Cleveland. Cincinnati has lost nine in a row at Progressive Field and haven't won in Cleveland since May 22, 2010.

Run-scoring singles by Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes, an RBI double by Ryan Raburn, a two-run double by Michael Bourn and an RBI single by Jason Kipnis chased Bailey in the fourth. Asdrubal Cabrera added a run-scoring double off Alfredo Simon.

''Brantley opened the doors for us with that two-out knock and everybody else tried to follow suit,'' Raburn said. ''Sometimes that doesn't work but tonight it did.''

The Indians carried a five-game losing streak, in which they scored 14 runs, into the series. Cleveland had also dropped seven of eight, but the bats woke up when the Reds hit town. Cleveland homered twice Wednesday, including a game-clinching three-run homer by Jason Giambi, and fell one run off their biggest inning of the season Thursday.

''That was impressive,'' Francona said. ''We had a tough time breaking through. Bailey's got good stuff. We kept extending the inning.''

Jay Bruce drove in Cincinnati's only run with an RBI single in the sixth. Kazmir (3-2) recorded his longest outing in the majors in three years. The left-hander dodged a bases-loaded jam in the third when he got Joey Votto, who came into the game batting .417 in May, to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

''That was huge,'' Kazmir said. ''He's a very good hitter. I knew I had to be careful. That's the bottom line.''

Bailey (3-4) retired the first seven hitters before Gomes reached on an infield hit in the third. The bottom fell out for the right-hander, who lasted 3 2-3 innings for his shortest outing of the season, in the fourth.

Cabrera was hit by a pitch and took second on Carlos Santana's one-out single. After Mark Reynolds struck out, Brantley, who was in a 1-for-15 skid, singled sharply through the left side to score Cabrera. Gomes followed by lining a single to left, scoring Santana. Raburn's double to left scored Brantley before Bourn drove a double into the left-field corner for two more runs and a 5-0 lead.

Kipnis, who was in a 4-for-34 slump, singled to right to score Bourn and finish Bailey. Cabrera doubled to right against Simon.

Brantley and Kipnis weren't the only Cleveland hitters to break out of slumps in the inning. Santana came into the game batting .204 in May while Raburn was in a 3-for-24 skid.

Bailey, who threw 45 pitches in the fourth, allowed seven runs - tying his season high.

Kazmir, a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, had his career sidetracked by arm problems that began in 2009. He was traded to the Angels that season but was 9-15 in 2010 and appeared in only one game the following year before being released. The Indians signed him to a minor-league contract in January after he pitched in an independent league last season.

Kazmir, who was 0-1 and allowed 11 earned runs in 13 innings in his past three starts, won for the first time since May 9.

Votto went 0-for-4, snapping his career-long 18-game road hitting streak.

NOTES: Raburn left the game in the fifth with cramping in his lower legs. He's listed day to day. ... The Reds begin a three-game series Friday in Pittsburgh. RHP Johnny Cueto (2-0) takes on Pirates LHP Wandy Rodriguez (6-2). ... Votto is the only Cincinnati player to appear in all 54 games this season. ... The Indians continue their five-game homestand Friday against Tampa Bay. RHP Corey Kluber (3-3) faces Rays righty Alex Cobb (6-2) in the opener of the three-game set. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson, who defeated the Reds on Wednesday, is 4-0 with a 0.36 ERA in his past 25 innings at Progressive Field. ... Cleveland 1B Nick Swisher was honored by the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation before the game. Swisher donated $25,000 to the organization in support of the FBI's Child ID Kit program.

.

  • Tony Stewart's Twitter Tirade Against Colin Kaepernick Quickly Backfires

    Tony Stewart did his racing legacy no favors yesterday when he picked up his smartphone and Tweeted his way into the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem controversy. The 45-year-old three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion took umbrage with The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sitting down during the National Anthem in a game over the weekend. Stewart called him an idiot.

    The Drive
  • The Cubs and Pirates played the most insane game of the season

    The Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates started out playing a normal baseball game on Monday night, but it ended up as a wacky, wild affair that took 13 innings and more than five hours. It featured three Cubs comebacks and the same player being thrown out at the plate two separate times in extra innings. The second game in this Cubs-Pirates series is Tuesday’s Free MLB Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, which means you can stream the game for free on on the Yahoo Sports app, Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post.

    Big League Stew
  • Backup running backs with star potential if given the chance

    There is no better position for suddenly creating fantasy stars than running back. Thanks to injury or promotion, a handful of running backs get a shot to start each year. They instantly become fantasy difference-makers who were sitting idly on your roster or the league waiver wire. These are what fantasy dreams are made of. Last year, several vaulted into a starting role and became sleepers, such as Devonta Freeman, Danny Woodhead, DeAngelo Williams and David Johnson — players now in the upper tiers of fantasy running backs. After drafting your starting lineup, there’s no better investment than mining for the next surprise stud. Consider these backs as the best positioned to become “The New

    USA Today
  • Shaq and Jason Williams' sons showed off their hoop skills at Shaq's house

    Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, and Jason Williams’ son, Jaxon Williams, played basketball together, along with other high school ballers Nassir Little and Ronaldo Segu. Home Team Hoops was there at Shaq’s house to put together a video of the session. Shareef got in some monster dunks on Jaxon, and Jaxon pulled some moves as slick as his dad’s on Shareef. All four of the players were smiling throughout the video — four talented ballplayers in one gym is fun!

    For The Win
  • Julius Randle lacerates hand, to be re-evaluated in two weeks

    Julius Randle suffered a season-ending injury in his first NBA game. His third pro season includes an even earlier setback. Lakers release: Lakers forward Julius Randle suffered a laceration to his right hand (webbing between middle and ring fingers

    NBC Sports
  • Little League Team Wins World Series Championship and a Perfect Season

    The pint-sized team from Endwell, New York, ran the banner alongside their Korean competitors after their championship game.

    ABC News Videos
  • MHR Live: Trevor Siemian named the starter, Panthers/Browns talk trade with Denver and Emmanuel Sanders has a contract update

    The Denver Broncos begin preparing for the Carolina Panthers in 10 days. Trevor Siemian is named the starter and a whole bunch of guys are back at practice. Two teams flirted with the Broncos in possible trades for punters and Mark Sanchez remains employed by the team while Denver cut 11 players with 4 more to go by Tuesday. A tornado warning forced practice inside today for Denver and Emmanuel Sanders gave a contract update.

    Mile High Report
  • Jets are open to trading one of their backup quarterbacks

    The Jets have had discussions with other teams about trading Geno Smith or Bryce Petty, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News. Mehta notes that there is "soft interest" in Smith around the league and that the calls the Jets have taken are part of a routine process in advance of final cuts. Smith served as the primary backup for starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants. The Jets have suggested they could potentially carry four quarterbacks, including rookie Christian Hackenberg. I'm sure anything going on behind the scenes could be classed as "due diligence" at this stage. For now, the main immediate priority is complying with the roster rules while

    SNY
  • Cowboys will seek veteran backup to Dak Prescott, so who makes sense?

    The Dallas Cowboys say they’ll look for veteran quarterback help to back up Dak Prescott while Tony Romo is out. Prescott will be a Week 1 starter after Romo was knocked out of the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with a broken bone in his back. It’s not known how much time Romo will miss, but estimates say it could be half the season.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Drew Brees Blasts Colin Kaepernick: It's An 'Oxymoron That You're Sitting Down, Disrespecting That Flag'

    Drew Brees, Saints quarterback and longtime supporter of the armed forces, is the latest in an ever-increasing number of NFL players, coaches, and athletes from other sports to speak out about Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to sit during the national anthem to protest the oppression of black people and other people of color. Recent sports personalities or athletes who have shared their opinions include former 49ers coach and current Michigan Man Jim Harbaugh (who sort of/kind of/maybe walked back his statements shortly after making them), Giants receiver Victor Cruz, and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Now, Brees is tossing his opinion into the ring as well.

    UPROXX
  • Ryder Cup 2016: Get to Know the U.S. Team's 8 Automatic Qualifiers

    The eight automatic qualifying spots for the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team were finalized on Sunday at The Barclays, and we now know two-thirds of the team that will represent the red, white and blue at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, on Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka all had spots locked up prior to The Barclays, but Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and Barclays winner Patrick Reed all had to wait until Sunday to see if their spots were secure.

    Golf
  • Fantasy football 2016: Players whose stock went up — or plummeted

    In late July, The Post held a 10-team fantasy football draft, the results of which were dissected for readers’ edification. We conducted another one on Monday — this time for a league that will be played out over the season — and the results of this draft are being used to see whose fantasy value rose in the past month, and whose sunk like a stone. The league itself can be viewed here, for those curious. Risers Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers First draft: 19 | Second draft: 7 What a difference a game makes. The first draft took place shortly after news emerged that Bell was facing a four-game suspension for missing an NFL-mandated drug test; that was cut to three games in mid-August, making the prolific

    Washington Post
  • Carlos Beltran's miraculous hair growth inspires Rangers in win

    With a little over a month to go in the regular season, the Texas Rangers have put themselves in exceptional shape to compete for a World Series title. At 77-54, the club holds an 8.5 game lead in the American League West, and midseason additions of Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran have strengthened an already solid lineup. The benefit of bringing in a 19-year veteran like Beltran is that he can find a way to inspire his teammates even when he’s not in the lineup.

    Big League Stew
  • Quick takeaways from Michigan: Keselowski's penalty is likely pointless

    • Brad Keselowski finished third in Sunday’s race at Michigan. Afterwards, his car failed the laser inspection station during NASCAR’s post-race inspection. If the Chase started this week he’d be tied for the top seed with Kyle Busch.

    From The Marbles
  • Phil Jackson says his goal for Knicks last season was 35 wins

    Phil Jackson predicted the playoffs for the Knicks in 2014-15, and he’s again drumming up postseason buzz for 2016-17. Between, he was much more cautious. The Knicks president didn’t make any bold proclamations entering last season. But, somewhat after

    NBC Sports
  • Overeem thinks McGregor is lying about his pay

    LOS ANGELES — Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid boxer of all time, banking hundreds of millions in fight purses. Conor McGregor is behind Mayweather in numbers of zeroes, but is doing well in his own right in MMA, saying he has made more than $10 million for his last two UFC fights. There's no doubt those two men are making bank. Just how much, though, Alistair Overeem isn't sure. The UFC heavyweight thinks both Mayweather and McGregor are fudging the numbers — he doesn't believe they're making as much as they say they are. "My answer to that, to Mayweather and to Conor, let me see some bank statements," Overeem said Monday at a media lunch in Downtown LA. "You can talk, you can say it, you

    MMA Fighting
  • Fiji offers land, title, passports to keep rugby sevens coach Ryan

    Fiji has ramped up overtures to sevens coach Ben Ryan giving him land and a chiefly title to keep the popular Englishman in the South Pacific island nation. Ryan has become the most venerated person in Fiji since guiding them to their first Olympic medal when they won the sevens gold in Rio earlier this month.

    AFP
  • Bryan Stork fails physical, canceling trade from New England to Washington

    In case you’ve forgotten, since it came before Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo: last Wednesday morning, news came that the New England Patriots were releasing center Bryan Stork, who started Super Bowl XLIX for the team as a rookie. Not long after that, however, former Washington tight end Chris Cooley, who is now a radio broadcaster in the area, tweeted that Stork had decided to retire.

    Shutdown Corner
  • The Incoming Class Of NBA Rookies Isn't Very High On No. 1 Pick Ben Simmons

    The incoming class of NBA rookies has the potential to be one of the more intriguing groups in a while, with athletic projects like Marquese Chriss and Thon Maker entering the league alongside guys like Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield, who could be ready-made veterans. For years, the NBA has given rookies a survey on questions like this, to see if being one of the youngsters gives them any more insight. If you believe those sorts of things are somehow prescient, then Ben Simmons might be a disappointment.

    UPROXX
  • The Phillies pulled Jeremy Hellickson back from trade waivers

    CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that a team claimed Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson on trade waivers, but the two clubs were unable to work out a deal. As a result, the Phillies pulled Hellickson back from trade waivers, which means he’s ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season. Hellickson, 29, has had a nice bounce-back season after three poor years from 2013-15. He’s 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 131/36 K/BB ratio in 154 innings. The Phillies could attempt to re-sign Hellickson in the offseason. It’s also possible the club makes a qualifying offer — estimated to be worth $16.7 million — so that the Phillies will at least get back a compensatory draft pick if Hellickson opts to

    HardballTalk
  • Foot injury to officially keep leading tackler T.J. Edwards out of Wisconsin’s opener vs. LSU

    When last we left T.J. Edwards, there was no timetable for the Wisconsin linebacker’s return.  With the opener just a handful of days away, there’s been some clarification to Edwards’ status. Late last week, Edwards was left off the two-deep depth chart released by the Badgers, a clear sign that the redshirt junior would be unavailable for Saturday’s game against LSU at Lambeau Field.  Monday, head coach Paul Chryst officially ruled Edwards out of the Big Ten-SEC matchup. Edwards suffered a broken foot over the summer and did not participate at all during camp.  It remains unclear whether Edwards will be healthy enough for UW’s Week 2 matchup with Akron in the home opener.  If the school continues

    NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
  • Young fan cries tears of joy after getting Mike Trout's autograph

    One young Los Angeles Angels fan cried tears of joy after getting an autograph from superstar outfielder Mike Trout. Trout is out before the start of Sunday’s game signing autographs for some young fans. It’s tough to know exactly what the kid says to Trout, but strong lip readers at home can make out the phrase “my favorite player.” After getting his ball signed, the kid triumphantly raises his hands as he runs over and embraces his dad.

    Big League Stew
  • Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Washington Capitals

    What can be said for the Capitals 1993-94 team calendar that hasn’t already been said about a JCPenney’s catalog from the 1990s? Rather than just go with the usual in-game action shot (or more recently snuggling up to dogs), the Caps took a hard-left when it came to the calendar and put the players in forced comfortable setting, like when you’re at a family reunion trying to care about the story of your third cousin’s Lasik surgery. While I don’t doubt the Caps went out and about to places in Baltimore and DC to spend their off-days, I do know for a fact Randy Burridge does hang out on above the right field scoreboard at Camden Yards as that was his assigned section for selling peanuts on game nights.

    Puck Daddy
  • Jason Terry chose Bucks because he wants to play, not just mentor

    Jason Terry has talked about reaching out to multiple teams, including contenders, during free agency before settling on the Milwaukee Bucks. When he talked about why the Bucks, he spoke of believing in what Jason Kidd was building. There may have been another reason: Minutes. From Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times: Some NBA officials contend he signed with Milwaukee and rejected overtures from a handful of teams, including the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, because of potential playing time. “He wants his minutes,’’ said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. “He didn’t go there (Milwaukee) to sit on the bench.’’ Terry’s agent denied this, saying

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Late show? Chelsea linked with transfer deals for James Rodriguez, Alonso

    Chelsea may be set to do some late business in the summer transfer window. According to Marca in Spain they will sign Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso for $27 million. Alonso, 25, previously played for Bolton and Sunderland in the Premier League but the Real Madrid product moved to Serie A in 2013 and has flourished for Fiorentina. He is able to operate as a left back and in midfield and could provide Antonio Conte with another option in defense so he can switch Cesar Azpilicueta to right back and potentially Branislav Ivanovic to center back. Another player who could be on his way to Chelsea is Real Madrid’s forward is James Rodriguez. This is one we’ve heard before, many times. The Colombian

    ProSoccerTalk