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CLEVELAND-What a difference a night makes. After suffering one of their worst losses in the Terry Francona era, the Indians responded with a 19-4 beatdown of the Cincinnati Reds.
Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez stood out as he produced two homers while driving in five runs. Ramirez set the tone in the first inning with his first homer off Tyler Mahle (7-7). This was followed by a three-run homer in the third that capped an Indians' nine-run inning. Lindor and Kipnis also got in on the home run fun during the game as well.
Carlos Carrasco (10-5) was pulled after five innings because...well his team was up 17-0. Carrasco reached 1,000 career strikeouts. Also, Adam Plutko worked four innings and was credited with his first career save.
This win ends a four game drought. Terry Francona held a team meeting before this game as a result of the Bullpen mix up at the end of Tuesday night's game and took complete ownership. His players responded with 19 runs on 19 hits.
The Indians will host the Yankees in their final series before the All-Star break. Thursday night's pitching duel could be a legit AL Postseason pitching matchup. Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.49 ERA) will face Yankess ace Luis Severino (14-2, 2.12) so don't expect much scoring. But you never know, its baseball.
First pitch is Thursday night at 7:10pm live from Progressive Field on Newsradio WTAM 1100!