- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Anthony DeSclafani saw it as a chance for a fresh start. Instead, it quickly turned into another disappointment.

Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss and Yan Gomes homered - part of a rare Cleveland splurge with Corey Kluber on the mound - and the Indians ended their long losing streak in Cincinnati by beating the Reds 9-4 on Saturday night.

The Indians had dropped nine straight at Great American Ball Park, their longest losing streak anywhere in the majors. Their last victory at Great American was 3-1 on July 2, 2011, when Brantley hit a three-run homer off Homer Bailey.

Brantley connected in the first inning off DeSclafani (5-7), giving Kluber (5-10) an uncharacteristic cushion. Cleveland had scored an average of only 2.3 runs in his starts, the fewest for any pitcher in the majors.

In the two games after the All-Star break, Brantley has a pair of doubles and a homer. He connected on DeSclafani’s sixth pitch of the game.

“It wasn’t the start I wanted coming out of the break,” DeSclafani said. “I didn’t have my timing early in the game. It’s not an excuse.

“After I gave up the three runs, I had to keep my team in the game. I didn’t do that.”

Moss snapped an 0-for-21 slump with a two-run homer in the third inning for a 6-1 lead, already the most runs Cleveland had scored with Kluber on the mound this season. The Indians have been held to two runs or less in 14 of his 20 starts.

It wound up as Cleveland’s highest-scoring game since a 12-3 win over Texas on May 27. The three homers matched the Indians’ season high. Six of their 11 hits went for extra bases.

It was the first time that DeSclafani gave up two homers in a game during his career. The rookie lasted five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. He has given up six runs in two of his last three starts and hasn’t won since June 9, going 0-3 in six starts.

“Anthony didn’t have his best command, but he didn’t back down,” manager Bryan Price said. “He’s such a tough kid. I’m happy with the way he’s handled himself.”

Gomes completed Cleveland’s big game with a three-run homer in the seventh off Nate Adcock.

Kluber allowed seven hits - three each by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips - in 7 2/3 innings. Cody Allen relieved and gave up Jay Bruce’s three-run homer.


The Indians are 8-6 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 6-10.


Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hasn’t gotten a hit since winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday at Great American. He went 0 for 3 during the All-Star Game, and is hitless in nine at-bats in the two games against the Indians.


Indians: LHP Nick Hagadone hasn’t yet scheduled an appointment with Dr. James Andrews to examine his pitching elbow. Hagadone hurt his left elbow while pitching in a rehab game on Wednesday. … 3B Giovanny Urshela was hit on the left forearm by one of Adcock’s pitches in the sixth, but stayed in the game.

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani threw 93 pitches in his rehab start on Friday night. Cingrani, who has been bothered by a strained shoulder, could move into the rotation next week.


Indians: Carlos Carrasco is making his second start of the season against Cincinnati. He allowed two runs in six innings of a 7-3 win in Cleveland on May 22.

Reds: Johnny Cueto is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six starts against Cleveland, with the Reds winning all six games. Cueto is 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA in eight starts since being sidelined by an inflamed right elbow in late May.


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