Edwin Encarnacion's 2 homers lead Indians over Reds 8-7

Edwin Encarnacion's 2 homers lead Indians over Reds 8-7

Scott Feldman (2-4, 4.29 ERA) will make the start for Cincinnati on Monday as the Reds host the Indians at Great American Ball Park for the first game of a two-game series.

Encarnacion was having none of it.

"By the time I got out there, you could tell he was OK", manager Terry Francona said. "I was really happy to have a guy who wanted to play that bad". "I have had zero concerns about him". The Indians have homered in a season-high nine straight games. He's going to single-handedly win us a bunch of games at some point this year.

Encarnacion hit a two-run homer as part of a five-run third inning as the Indians came from behind to take 6-3 lead.

The Indians led 7-3 in the seventh, but Cincinnati's Adam Duvall singled home a run, and pinch hitter Eugenio Suarez's three-run homer off Bryan Shaw tied the score 7-7.

Mentions of the Ohio Cup have been featured on Indians.com, although some fans may not even know that the annual series against the Reds are supposed to be for honor and glory.

PHILADELPHIA - Jeff Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead Colorado over Philadelphia. Encarnacion, who scored the winning run, reached on a fielding error by third baseman Scooter Gennett.

With Daniel Robertson at the plate, Andrew Miller on deck and runners at the corners, reliever Drew Storen made a decision to throw a changeup in the dirt to see if Robertson would chase at a 1-1 offering.

Andrew Miller (3-0) got the win after throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Miller batted in the eighth and struck out swinging against Storen, his first plate appearance since July 2, 2011, for Boston.

"You should just be able to hold up three fingers, he's out", Francona said.

Cody Allen stranded two runners to finish off a scoreless ninth and earn his 13 save out of 13 opportunities.

Cincinnati (21-24) has lost nine of 11.

The lack of a rivalry feeling comes from the fact interleague play wasn't established until 1997, which still only allows anywhere from four to six games between the two teams each year. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings.

Jason Kipnis hit his fourth homer to give the Indians their only run in Monday's loss to the Reds. However, the Indians continued to get good swings against the former St. John's University basketball standout.

Lindor drew a one-out walk that Brantley followed up with an RBI double to right field. Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the third and a bases-empty homer in the fifth.

"I felt good my last start, but stuff just kind of snowballed in a hurry", he said.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor initiated the scoring for both teams when he smashed a 2-1 pitch from Reds starter Amir Garrett over the wall in left field for a one-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. "I'm not going to improve sitting on the bench". "I felt good in batting practice".

NOTES: The Indians signed free agent OF David Lough to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

Feldman's career high for strikeouts in a game is 12, for the Cubs against the Padres in 2013.

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (sore pitching shoulder) and LHP Tony Cingrani (strained oblique) threw in the bullpen.

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