Cozart, Negron power Reds past Indians
Negron finished a triple shy of the cycle, with the duo leading the Cincinnati
Reds to an 8-3 rout of the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ball Park.
Cozart delivered a three-run homer and an RBI single, while Negron ended 3-
for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored in the Reds’ seventh straight
victory over their in-state rivals in Cincinnati. Jeff Frazier added a pair of
hits, including a two-RBI double.
Mat Latos (4-3) aided the Reds’ cause by taking a shutout into the eighth
inning before being reached for three runs over his 7 2/3-frame stint.
Danny Salazar (4-5) struck out five in four innings for Cleveland, but served
up both Cozart’s and Negron’s homers for a total of five runs allowed.
Jason Kipnis had three of the Indians’ seven hits, with Yan Gomes finishing 2-
for-4 with a solo homer and Ryan Raburn contributing a two-run double.
Latos was sharp right from the outset, retiring nine straight Indians to begin
the contest, and was soon working with a 3-0 lead thanks to the first of
Cincinnati’s two home runs.
Cozart stepped to the plate with two on and two out in the second and launched
a Salazar slider off the foul pole in left to open the scoring. The blast came
after Negron beat out an infield single to keep the inning alive.
Salazar briefly bounced back with a 1-2-3 third, but served up a single to
Brayan Pena in the fourth that preceded Negron’s deep drive over the center-
field wall that staked the Reds to a 5-0 advantage.
Cincinnati extended the margin with a big seventh inning, with Negron greeting
Scott Atchison with a double and coming around on a Cozart base hit for the
first run of the frame. Latos followed with a single, and both he and Cozart
crossed the plate on Frazier’s two-out double to right that made the score
Latos, meanwhile, had yielded just three singles and a walk before Gomes
finally got the Tribe on the board with a solo homer to lead off the eighth.
The right-hander later issued a walk and a Kipnis single in front of Raburn’s
pinch-hit double that ended Latos’ night and brought Cleveland within 8-3.
The home team had won the last 12 meetings in this interleague series before
the Reds posted a 9-2 win in Cleveland on Tuesday … Gomes now has three
homers and 11 RBI during a 12-game hitting streak … Pena went 2-for-4 with
two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 11 games … Latos improved to
5-0 in eight interleague starts at home since joining the Reds in 2012 …
Cleveland’s Nick Swisher returned to action after a two-game absence caused by
a strained right wrist, but ended 0-for-4.