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St.CLEVELAND—What appeared to be a stirring win turned into a crushing loss
for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The Reds scored the go-ahead run in
the top of the 10th on a wild pitch, but closer Aroldis Chapman gave up
Asdrubal Cabreras two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the inning that
sent Cincinnati to a 3-2 loss. “The game goes from jubilation to a downer on one
swing,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Thats a tough one to take.” Cabrera
drove a 3-1 pitch from Chapman (4-3) into the seats in right field. The second
homer allowed this season by the hard-throwing left-hander scored Shin-Soo Choo,
who had reached on a one-out single up the middle. Nick Hagadone (1-0) worked
one-third of an inning in Clevelands second straight win over the Reds after
being swept in three games last week in Cincinnati. The Reds had taken a 2-1
lead in the top of the 10th when Chris Heisey scored from third base with a
headfirst slide on a wild pitch by Hagadone. It was the third blown save by
Chapman in 11 chances. “Hes human,” Baker said. “What he was doing early in the
year was unhuman. Asdrubal Cabreras an all-star. He can hit. When they do catch
up with Chapmans ball, hes supplying most of the power. If they catch up to it
and centre it, sometimes thats going to happen.” Only five of Chapmans 11
pitches were strikes. “Youre down in the count, you have to make a pitch down
the middle and he hit a home run,” he said through translator Tomas Vera, the
Reds assistant athletic trainer. The switch-hitting Cabrera was batting from the
right side against Chapman. “You just look for a fastball in a zone,” he said.
“You cant try to pull anything. I just wanted to make contact.” Despite the fact
Chapman hits 100 mph consistently on the radar gun, Indians manager Manny Acta
didnt want his players to back down. “My thought was, Hes human, ” Acta said.
“Theres no one in the game where you go and pick up the bats and gloves and go
away. I gave them a little rah-rah talk. Sometimes it works.” Chapman doesnt
think he will have a problem bouncing back from the loss. “Its just another
game,” he said. “What happened happened. All you can do is wait for the next
day.” The Indians have hit both of the home runs Chapman has allowed in 34 1-3
innings. Jose Lopez homered against him in Cincinnati last week. The NL
Central-leading Reds had a six-game winning streak snapped by their Ohio rivals
in a 10-9 slugfest Monday night and seemed to have bbounced back before Cabrera
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Willie Harris opened the Reds 10th with a double to centre off Joe Smith. Zach
Cozart, who had three hits, tried to bunt Harris to third, but Smith hustled off
the mound to field the ball and make a throw. Harris seemed to elude the tag by
third baseman Jack Hannahan, but television replays showed that his front foot
slid past the bag as he was tagged out. Hannahan then fielded a broken-bat
grounder by Heisey at the exact instant that the barrel end of the bat bounced
between his legs. Hannahan threw to second to force Harris. Hagadone, a lefty,
came on to face Votto and threw a wild pitch just past the sluggers ear, sending
Heisey to second. Votto worked the count to 3-2 and bounced a ball over
Hagadones head that was fielded by Cabrera, the shortstop, behind second base.
Votto hustled down the line and beat the throw for a single, moving Heisey to
third. Brandon Phillips then swung at an 0-1 pitch in the dirt that got past
Carlos Santana. The catcher tracked it down and shovelled the ball to Hagadone
covering home, but Heisey beat the tag for a 2-1 lead. The Reds went ahead 1-0
in the first against Josh Tomlin. Cozart hit a leadoff double, took third on a
wild pitch and scored as Heisey grounded a ball up the middle and beat the throw
to first by Cabrera for an RBI single. Cleveland tied it in the fourth. Santana
doubled into the right-field corner, moved up on a groundout to the right side
by Michael Brantley and scored on Casey Kotchmans soft single to centre. Reds
starter Mike Leake gave up one run and six hits over seven innin