CINCINNATI -- The Indians slugged three home runs, including Francisco Lindor's shot in the top of the 12th inning, for an 8-7 comeback victory over the Reds on Wednesday, their third in a row in the Ohio Cup series.
"He hit that ball and that had a little different sound," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Lindor's game-deciding blast. "That was just a rocket. We needed something like that, because there was a lot of frustration."
Three Reds home runs -- two solo shots by Jay Bruce and a three-run blast by Eugenio Suarez -- were matched by a pair of Rajai Davis homers for the Indians. Lindor provided the decider when he led off the 12th against freshly called-up reliever Keyvius Sampson. He slugged a 3-2 pitch over the fence in center for his third homer of the season to complete a late-inning comeback.
Cody Allen pitched two scoreless innings for the victory, while Dan Otero gave up a two-out hit and a two-out walk before getting his first save of the season.
Tony Cingrani was charged to close a 7-5 lead for the Reds in the ninth, but blew the save opportunity after he issued a one-out walk. Davis followed with the game-tying two-run homer to left. Leading off the third, Davis hit a homer to left against Reds starter Brandon Finnegan.
The Reds were trailing by a 4-1 score when they responded in the sixth against Mike Clevinger. Joey Votto hit a two-run double to the wall in right-center, which scored Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton. Suarez's homer to right field provided go-ahead runs and made it a 6-4 game.
Cleveland made it a one-run game in the top of the seventh when Jumbo Diaz walked two to set up Lindor's RBI groundout. Bruce's second homer of the night leading off the bottom of the eighth provided a two-run lead for insurance, but it was not quite enough.
"We're talking about rebuild and wanting to do X, Y and Z. We want to win the games we should win, period," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "And if we did that, at least we're capable of being there with Pittsburgh and St. Louis if we can put some games away. It's maddening."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED GABP history made: In the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs, Bruce hit Clevinger's first-pitch changeup for his first solo homer to the first row of right-field seats. It was his 127th homer hit at Great American Ball Park, which passed Adam Dunn as the all-time leader. The second homer of the night in the bottom of the eighth gave him his second multi-homer game of the season and the 19th for his career.
"It's kind of a cherry-picking type of deal," Bruce said of his record. "I think it means more that I've been on one team long enough to have the record at their ballpark. The more time the better." More >
Davis stays hot: After reaching base five times against the Reds on Tuesday, Davis remained in a groove Wednesday in Cincinnati. In the third inning, Cleveland's center fielder drilled a 3-2 fastball from Finnegan to deep left field for a solo shot that put the Tribe up, 2-0, at the time. In the ninth, Davis' two-run blast pulled the game into a 7-7 deadlock. It marked his third career multi-homer game.
"He's the type of hitter that, when he gets hot, they're going to come in bunches," Francona said. "Good for him and good for us. We're a different team when he's getting hits. Now, when he hits home runs, that's a bonus." More >
First look at Clevinger: In his first taste of the Majors, Clevinger held the Reds to a 2-for-17 showing for the first five innings before Cincinnati's five-run breakthrough in the sixth. Over 5 1/3 innings, the righty was charged with four runs on five hits, ending with five strikeouts and one walk. Clevinger sat around 94-95 mph with his fastball and mixed in a sharp changeup and slider.
"It was fun," said Clevinger, who had a large group of family members in attendance. "It was definitely something that's indescribable. I won't forget it."
"I thought he was good," Francona said. "I thought he followed the glove pretty well. I thought he kept his composure real well. I thought his pitches were good. He made a couple mistakes late, but I don't care if you're coming up from Triple-A or you're a [veteran], that's Major League stuff. And he's only going to get better with experience."
Suarez sizzles: When Suarez gave the Reds the lead with his three-run homer in the sixth, it extended his hitting streak to six games. He also has three homers in his last four games and is responsible for three of Cincinnati's last four homers. His nine long balls for the season also lead the Reds.
"I felt the 30 minutes of puking of nerves got me really composed for when I went back out there. That calmed me down, I feel like." -- Clevinger, asked if he felt as composed as he looked on the mound
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In the third inning, Lindor sent a pitch from Finnegan to center for a single, but the Tribe shortstop had his sights on a double. Lindor arrived at second at the same time as the throw and did a rolling slide in an effort to avoid the tag. Second baseman Brandon Phillips applied the tag and Lindor was ruled out, but Cleveland challenged the call. After a replay review, however, the ruling on the field stood.
"I thought his leg was on [the base], so I don't know," Francona said. "I didn't get to look at it as many times as they did. I just think that it's probably one of those where it wasn't going to get overturned either way."
WHAT'S NEXT Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin (5-0, 3.82 ERA) will take the hill for Cleveland in Thursday's Interleague clash with the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Tomlin allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits, including three homers, in 6 1/3 innings against the Twins on Friday.
Reds: The Ohio Cup series finale at 7:10 p.m. ET Thursday will have Tim Adleman pitching for Cincinnati. Adleman threw 67 pitches over five innings at Philadelphia Saturday in his previous outing but struggled to get through the fifth. He will be looking to go deeper.