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CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona turned to Yandy Diaz in a big spot Willie McGee Jersey , and he delivered.Diaz hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Cleveland’s seven-run sixth inning, helping the Indians pull away from the Cincinnati Reds for a 10-3 victory on Monday night.Jose Ramirez hit his 35th homer in Cleveland’s fifth win in six games. Ramirez, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes had three hits apiece, and Melky Cabrera and Jason Kipnis each drove in two runs.The game was tied at 2 when Francona had Diaz hit for Mike Clevinger (8-7) with a runner on and one out. Diaz responded with a run-scoring double off the wall in left, sparking a big inning for the Indians.“He’s such an advanced hitter for a kid that doesn’t have a lot of major league at-bats,” Francona said. “That was a heck of an at-bat. You look at the score at the end of the game and that wasn’t how the majority of the game was played.”The Indians increased their AL Central lead to 12 1/2 games over idle Minnesota after receiving an update from team president Chris Antonetti on the status of outfielder Leonys Martin, who is recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection. Martin is in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic.“It was very serious,” Antonetti said. “Thankfully he’s made a lot of progress in the last 24 to 36 hours and he has regained a lot of the organ function. He’s in a good path right now and we’re hopeful he’ll make a full recovery. But, he has a long way to go.”Tucker Barnhart, Scooter Gennett and Curt Casali homered for last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped two in a row. Homer Bailey (1-10) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.“I thought Homer battled through a lot of adversity Red Schoendienst Jersey ,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “We made him throw a lot of extra pitches. It is too bad he got charged with some extra runs there. He threw the ball good.”Barnhart hit his eighth homer in the second, putting Cincinnati in front and stopping the Reds’ four-game homerless streak.Gennett tied it at 2 with his 18th homer off Clevinger in the fifth, but Cleveland grabbed control in the sixth. Diaz scored on Brantley’s double. Cabrera added a two-run single, and Kipnis doubled in Ramirez and Brandon Guyer. Gomes tacked on an RBI double that made it 9-2.Clevinger walked six in five innings, but got his first win since July 1. He allowed five hits and struck out four.“The fastball is the one thing I did have, didn’t have a lick of anything else,” said Clevinger, who had lost four straight decisions. “I walked six guys and got my first dub in a month. That’s baseball being baseball.”Ramirez drove Bailey’s 1-2 pitch into the Reds’ bullpen in right for a two-run homer in the third. The ball carried just inside the foul pole and just over right fielder Phillip Ervin’s glove.“I had him swinging over the top of that pitch early in the at-bat,” Bailey said. “How he kept the ball fair, I don’t know. It’s a little short down the line but he’s having a great season. When you’re having a season like that those things happen.”STRANGE TIMESRookie utilityman Brandon Dixon tossed a perfect ninth for the Reds in his first major league pitching appearance. Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen played right field in the ninth in his first major league defensive appearance at a position other than pitcher.Dixon became the fourth position player to pitch for Cincinnati this year.REED RETURNSThe Reds recalled left-hander Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville and optioned right-hander Keury Mella to the minors. Reed posted a 2.70 ERA with 43 strikeouts in his last 36 2/3 innings. He made 17 starts in the minors but Riggleman said he’ll begin in the bullpen.OHIO CUPThe Indians’ victory evened the season series with the Reds at 2-2 with two games remaining. The Reds have lost two of the past three season series against the Indians.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: RHP Trevor Bauer could return to Cleveland on Tuesday to have his sore right ankle examined by team doctors. Bauer was struck by a line drive on Saturday but expects to make his scheduled start on Friday.Reds: OF Scott Schebler played catch but there is no set timeframe for his return from a sprained right shoulder. He was returned from a rehab assignment last week after experiencing pain while throwing.UP NEXTIndians: Corey Kluber (14-6) pitches on Tuesday. He is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts against the Reds, including a victory on July 18.Reds: Sal Romano (7-9) has faced the Indians once Enos Slaughter Jersey , allowing three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings on July 10 at Progressive Field. HOUSTON (AP) — Touted prospect Forrest Whitley will start the season in the minors but has certainly showed why he could factor into the Houston Astros‘ plans at some point.Whitley allowed three runs over three innings in his final exhibition start as Houston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-9 on Monday night. The outing capped a solid spring for the young right-hander.Whitley said he was able to learn from Astros veterans in camp, with preparation being the biggest thing.“I thought this spring was very beneficial, and it’s going to help me during the season,” he explained. “Sitting in (Justin) Verlander and (Gerrit) Cole’s back pockets as much as I possibly could, learning from them.”Whitley, rated the top pitching prospect in baseball by MLB.com, allowed all three runs in a 31-pitch first inning that was capped by Francisco Cervelli’s two-run homer. But he settled down after that, retiring the side in order in the second and permitting two singles in the third.The 21-year-old finished with two strikeouts and gave up six hits. He struck out 17 in 15 innings this spring.“This outing was pretty weird,” Whitley said. “I haven’t had one of these in a while. I had everything except my fastball. It’s kind of hard to pitch without the fastball. I had a hard time locating that pitch. Pitching off that was a real struggle, but I found a way to bounce back a little bit. That was encouraging.”Whitley, a 2016 first-round draft pick http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , will start the season at Triple-A Round Rock.“I’m very excited,” he said. “Going to the affiliate here shortly and try to pitch as well as I can to get back up here.”Houston manager AJ Hinch said the spring was a good learning time for Whitley, and he’s got a bright future.“It’s going to take an adjustment or two and attention to a couple details to be ready to pitch in the big leagues,” Hinch said. “When we call him up at some point, we are going to need him to be good.”CHISENHALL HITPirates outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall exited after being hit in the right hand by Framber Valdez’s pitch in the sixth.BIG INNINGSPittsburgh’s three-run first started with Adam Frazier scoring on Starling Marte’s double before Cervelli’s home run. The Pirates added a five-run sixth on RBI singles by Melky Cabrera and Corey Dickerson sandwiched around a two-run double by Frazier and Marte’s sacrifice fly.Houston scored seven in the third. George Springer and Alex Bregman had RBI groundouts before Michael Brantley’s two-run single and Tyler White’s three-run homer. Nick Tanielu added a three-run homer in the sixth. Garrett Stubbs and Myles Straw hit consecutive solo home runs in the seventh.JAMES’ OUTINGHouston right-hander Josh James gave up one run and three hits in the eighth. James, slowed early by a strained right quadriceps, allowed only that one run in four spring outings.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Brandon Maurer starts the exhibition finale Tuesday against the Astros.Astros: RHP J.B. Bukauskas starts Tuesday.
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