- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Indians remain stuck in place.

Homer Bailey pitched seven innings to end his losing streak against Cleveland, and Billy Hamilton had an RBI triple and scored a run Thursday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory.

The Reds won three of four in the annual intrastate series, splitting two games in Cleveland and sweeping a pair at Great American Ball Park.

The Indians are 10-11 since the break, leaving them 57-58 overall. After winning four in a row, they’ve now lost three in a row.

“Whenever you’re at .500, just hanging around and waiting to see what’s going to happen, that’s tough,” left-hander T.J. House said.

Bailey (9-5) had lost his last three starts against the Indians. After pitching out of trouble in the first, he settled in and allowed four hits while fanning eight. He also singled and scored.

Bailey overcame an unsettling moment in the fifth inning, when Jose Ramirez lined a pitch directly at his face. The right-hander turned away and knocked down the ball with his glove, recovered and threw to first from his knees. Three times, Bailey shook his head as he regained his composure.

Hamilton had a hand in two of the four runs off House (1-3), who made his 11th career start. House gave up eight hits while pitching into the seventh and remained winless on the road, falling to 0-3 in seven games.

“That gives you a chance on a normal night,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I thought his stuff was a little flatter than it has been.”

The Reds have gone 8-12 since the All-Star break, leaving them stranded in fourth place in the NL Central with a 59-56 record.

Hamilton singled in the first and scored on first baseman Carlos Santana’s throwing error. Ryan Ludwick’s RBI single made it 2-0.

Bailey singled and scored on Hamilton’s triple in the second inning. Hamilton rounded third too far and was caught in a rundown for the final out of the inning, leaving it 3-0. Kristopher Negron added an RBI single in the sixth.

E-3, E-3, E-3:

The first basemen combined for three errors. Cleveland’s Santana also dropped a popup, and Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier dropped a throw from Bailey.


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