Davis' big night, Delabar's bases-loaded walks boost Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians manager Terry Francona wasn't taking success against Cincinnati for granted, even after his team routed the Reds for the second straight night.
Rajai Davis had three hits, drove in three runs and scored four, and Cleveland benefited from four straight bases-loaded walks from reliever Steve Delabar for a 13-1 win Tuesday.
Coming off a 15-6 victory Monday, the Indians opened a four-run lead in the second inning, then extended it to 7-0 in the third and 12-0 in the fifth.
Since the teams play again in Cincinnati on Wednesday and Thursday, Francona tried to temper his enthusiasm over the Indians' dominance.
"It's kind of rare, so you take it and enjoy it," he said. "We'll move on quickly because we have to play them again tomorrow."
Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli each had two RBIs, and Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits apiece.
With Cincinnati trailing 8-0, Delabar relieved with runners at the corners with one out in the fifth, walked Kipnis, then struck out Lindor. He then walked Napoli, Jose Ramirez, Yan Gomes and Chisenhall in succession before retiring Marlon Byrd on a grounder.
Delabar, who threw 36 pitches and was charged with two runs in one-third of an inning, didn't dodge any responsibility.
"Really can't explain what happened," he said. "Five walks. It's unexplainable and unacceptable. I got a text from my wife and I was like, 'That had to be a dream.' It didn't even seem like it happened. Loss for words."
Danny Salazar (4-2) gave up one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, struck out eight and walked one. He retired 16 straight batters after Jay Bruce's one-out single in the second.
Salazar's biggest challenge was staying ready while his team continued to score.
"I think I did a good job of that, keeping myself loose and warm," he said. "I went down in the (batting) cage and threw some pitches. It worked out for me."
Alfredo Simon (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs and 14 hits - one shy of his most - in 4 1/3 innings.
Adam Duvall's seventh-inning sacrifice fly drove in Cincinnati's run. The Reds led 4-0 in the third inning Monday before being outscored 28-3 the rest of the two-game series.
Davis, who reached base in all five plate appearances, entered Monday in an 0-for-19 skid. He raised his batting average from .210 to .243 in the series.
"It's not just how many hits we got, it's the way we got them," Kipnis said. "A lot of walks, getting to the next guy, a lot of two-out hits. You didn't want to see what was going on before that when we got a lot of hits with two outs and no runs to show for it."
Chisenhall was reinstated from the bereavement list Tuesday after missing three games because of a death in his family.
The Indians adjusted their rotation after optioning pitcher Cody Anderson to Triple-A Columbus. Right-hander Mike Clevinger will make his major league debut Wednesday in Cincinnati. Josh Tomlin, who had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday, will face the Reds on Thursday.
Reds: LHP Anthony DeSclafani (pulled left oblique) threw another bullpen session Tuesday and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Cincinnati. He's been on the 15-day disabled list all season.
Indians: OF Michael Brantley (sore right shoulder) had an anti-inflammatory injection in a follow-up examination with Dr. Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Delaware. No timetable has been established for when Brantley will return. He was placed on the 15-day DL for the second time this season Friday.
Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (1-2), who starts Wednesday, hasn't won since April 16. The bullpen has blown three leads after he's been removed from games.
Indians: Clevinger will be added to the roster Wednesday and is to make his first major league start.