Those ailing Reds look to keep the host Indians from extending their season-high winning streak to six games on Friday night. Cincinnati is 5-3 following a season-high seven-game losing streak. However, it kicks off this extended road stay minus veteran Joey Votto, out at least three weeks with a fractured thumb suffered after being hit by a pitch during Wednesday's 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Things won't get any easier for the Royals on Friday as the Chicago White Sox arrive in Kansas City for a three-game series. The Royals will turn to Brad Keller to get things going the right direction. The White Sox will hand the ball to Carlos Rodon.
Franmil Reyes leads the team with a . slugging percentage, including 16 extra-base hits and eight home runs. The Reds are 4-8 on the road.