Indians' win streak reaches 6 games, Reds' skid hits 8
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Trevor Bauer pitched into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Cincinnati has dropped eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 2009. The Reds have been outscored 54-19 during the streak that has dropped them to a season-worst seven games under .500 at 18-25.
Cleveland, which has won eight of 10, took advantage of three Cincinnati errors to continue its hottest stretch of the season. David Murphy, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana each drove in a run.
Bauer (4-1) took a shutout into the seventh when Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer for the only run allowed by the right-hander in 7 2-3 innings.
Rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-1), starting in place of Johnny Cueto, allowed two runs in three innings. The Reds announced Saturday that the rookie from Cuba would replace Cueto, who has a sore right elbow.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips committed a fielding error in the third inning when Cleveland scored twice.
Murphy's RBI single in the third put Cleveland ahead. Swisher was given an RBI when Phillips misplayed his grounder.
A fielding error by pitcher J.J. Hoover and first baseman Joey Votto's throwing error led to two unearned runs in the sixth.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the sixth and Votto threw wildly to first after making a diving stop of Michael Brantley's ground ball that scored two unearned runs.
Santana added an RBI single in the eighth.
Indians catcher Yan Gomes, playing for the first time since spraining his right knee on April 11, was hitless in four at-bats.
Reds: C Devin Mesoraco (left hip impingement) will be examined by team doctors Monday. He hasn't caught since mid-April and suffered a setback while doing catching drills Friday.
Indians: Brantley doubled and walked after not playing Saturday. He's been dealing with a sore back since spring training.
Reds: RHP Jason Marquis, who has lost his past three starts, will pitch the opener of a three-game series against Colorado on Monday.
Indians: RHP Shawn Marcum will start the opener of a three-game series against Texas on Monday. He allowed two runs, both solo homers, in his first start of the season against the White Sox on May 20.