Trouble catches Laffey, Tribe
Sizemore continues homer tear, but Cincy scores five in fifth
CLEVELAND -- When Rafael Betancourt struck out Norris Hopper to end the top of the ninth inning Sunday, the 4,000 or so remaining fans at Progressive Field sent the reliever off with a loud ovation.And they cheered even louder when Ben Francisco cranked a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning, which had no effect on the game's outcome. It simply narrowed the margin of defeat to four in the Tribe's 9-5 loss to the Reds.
Those late runs were essentially moot after a three-run homer from Dunn, who batted .300 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in the Ohio Cup, essentially sealed the win for the Reds in the seventh and sent the bulk of the 37,079 fans home.
"[Our] guys are capable of driving in runs," Casey Blake said. "When we're not playing well, we give ourselves one or two opportunities to drive in runs -- and that's not enough."
Andrew Gribble is an associate reporter for MLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.