- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Trevor Bauer couldn’t put together a simulated game Monday. It cost him in a real game on Friday.

Making his first start in nine days, the Cleveland right-hander was roughed up for seven hits and five runs in four innings as the Indians lost 6-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.

“I wanted to throw a simulated game on Monday, but that didn’t work out,” said Bauer, who last pitched on July 8. “I ended up throwing a bullpen. Not pitching in nine days was a little tough. It was a different feeling from what I’ve had the rest of the season.”

Mike Leake pitched six effective innings and drove in three runs, Marlon Byrd had a homer among his four hits and Joey Votto added a solo shot for the Reds, who lost their last two games and three of four before the All-Star break.

Leake (7-5), who can become a free agent after the season and is considered by many to be trade bait for the struggling Reds, allowed one run and four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while improving to 4-1 over his last six starts.

Ryan Mattheus, J.J. Hoover and Burke Badenhop all pitched one scoreless inning in relief for Cincinnati.

Bauer (8-6), who had won his last two starts, allowed two walks and had five strikeouts for a Cleveland team that has lost three straight after a four-game winning streak.

“The first inning, I felt pretty good,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “He had a good cutter, the best cutter I’ve seen him have this season, but then he started falling behind. They scored a run with some old-school small ball, and he started working behind more. It wasn’t his best night after that.”

Byrd hit his 15th homer of the season with one out in the second, a 346-foot opposite-field shot into the seats in right field. That was the first of three consecutive hits, a rally capped by Leake’s RBI squeeze bunt.

Leake pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third with a ringing, bases-loaded double that one-hopped the wall in right-center.

Votto added his 16th homer with one out in the fourth, a 418-foot drive to center that glanced off the bottom of the batter’s eye.

The Indians put at least one runner on base in all of but one of Leake’s six innings, but they couldn’t push one past second until the sixth. Francisco Lindor led off with a single and went to third on Michael Brantley’s double, setting up Carlos Santana’s run-scoring groundout.

TIMELY BREAK

In his first at-bat of the second half, Reds C Tucker Barnhart singled to snap an 0-for-17 slump, which tied his career worst.

SAME OLD STORY

The bottom of the third inning was delayed 1 hour, 5 minutes by rain, the 11th delay of the season at Great American Ball Park, consuming 16:46.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: LHP Nick Hagadone is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his elbow injury, Francona said. Hagadone, who originally went on the DL on July 7 with a lower back injury, left a rehab appearance with Single-A Mahoning Valley on Wednesday with discomfort in his elbow.

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani pitched five scoreless innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday in the fourth appearance and third start of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. Cingrani, out since June 15 with shoulder problems, has logged 14 shutout innings with the Bats, allowing six hits and six walks with 18 strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (4-10, 3.38 ERA) will try to match or surpass his last start against Cincinnati in Saturday’s middle game of the series. The reigning Cy Young Award winner allowed nine hits but just one run in eight innings of a 2-1 win on May 23.

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-6, 3.65) was the hard-luck loser in that May 23 game at Cleveland. The rookie gave up three hits and one run with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

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