CLEVELAND — Joey Votto hit a go-ahead three-run double during a seven-run ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians bullpen wasted a gem from Trevor Bauer in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Indians closer Cody Allen (2-4) allowed six runs after getting two outs in the ninth, the last three charged on Votto’s sharp hit to right off Dan Otero. Adam Duvall also doubled in two in the ninth, while Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez each hit an RBI single. Cincinnati had seven straight batters reach with two outs, and the inning didn’t end until Scooter Gennett ran into the third out at third base on Suarez’s single.
Cleveland’s bullpen entered Tuesday with a 5.13 ERA, better only than the Rockies (5.28) and Royals (5.35).
Bauer was brilliant, striking out 12 over eight scoreless innings in his first appearance since being named to the All-Star team for the first time. The right-hander allowed three singles, walked one and didn’t allow a hit until Jesse Winker hit a one-out single in the fifth.
Bauer became the second major league pitcher to post seven consecutive quality starts with eight-or-more strikeouts and no homers allowed, according to the Indians. Pedro Martinez set the record with eight in 2002.
Former Cleveland reliever Kyle Crockett (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the eighth, and Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his second save in two nights and his 19th of the season.
Francisco Lindor hit his fifth leadoff homer of the year and fellow All-Star Jose Ramirez added a solo shot as the Indians scored twice in the opening frame against righty Sal Romano.
Ramirez’s home run was his 25th, marking the eighth time in Indians history the milestone has been reached in the first half of a season. He doubled in the eighth to match Lindor atop the AL with 52 extra-base hits.
Lindor, who has 24 homers, and Roberto Perez drove in runs in the second without the benefit of a hit.
Romano worked 7 1/3 innings and allowed five hits.
Cincinnati is 38-36 since interim manager Jim Riggleman took over for Bryan Price on April 19.
Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (7-6, 3.66 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-5, 4.28 ERA) in the series finale. Mahle hasn’t lost since May 20, going 4-0 in eight starts, and has an NL-low 2.04 ERA since June 1.
Chisenhall, Tomlin out
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians will be without two of their most experienced playoff performers for an extended period.
Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss 8-10 weeks with a strained left calf muscle, and right-hander Josh Tomlin was placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring Tuesday.
Chisenhall suffered a grade 3 strain while warming up before a July 2 game in Kansas City. Manager Terry Francona said he expected the 29-year-old to miss “significant time,” which was confirmed by a second medical opinion.
Both were members of Cleveland’s last three postseason teams, including its 2016 squad that lost the World Series in seven games to the Chicago Cubs.
The Indians led the AL Central by 8 1/2 games entering Tuesday night’s games and appear headed to a third straight division title, but the injuries could change their approach with the July 31 trade deadline looming.
“We’ve been together six years now, most of this group, and there is a lot of trust that happens in that time,” Francona said. “We’ll sit down and figure out what’s best for all of us.”
Chisenhall is hitting .321 with one homer and nine RBI in 28 games. He previously spent two months on the DL with a strained right calf before being activated June 5. He sat out seven weeks with the same injury last season.
Tomlin has allowed a team-high 21 homers in 49 innings, including three in his last five relief appearances. He gave up a two-run shot to Cincinnati’s Scott Schebler in the ninth inning of a 7-5 loss Monday.
The 33-year-old is 0-5 with a 6.98 ERA over 23 games, six of them starts before being pulled from the rotation in late May. This is his seventh career trip to the DL.
“I’m kind of kicking myself a little bit because I knew something wasn’t right with J.T.,” Francona said. “When we finally corralled him, he kind of owned up that his hammy was bothering him.”
Tomlin was chosen by the Indians in the 19th round of the 2006 draft and is the longest-tenured member of the organization. He has a 3-1 postseason record, posting wins in the 2016 ALDS and ALCS, and the 2017 ALDS against New York.
“Josh doesn’t have to stop working, he’ll never stop working,” Francona said. “I have no doubt he’ll find a way to contribute to our team, even on the DL, because that’s who he is.”
Rays 5, Tigers 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer, five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night.
The Rays (47-44) moved three games above .500 for the first time since Aug. 6 last year after posting their 13th win in the last 14 home games.
Tampa Bay lost its bid for a third shutout in four games when the Tigers scored twice in the ninth. After blanking the Mets in New York on Saturday and Sunday, the Rays outslugged the Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings Monday night.
Ramos, elected to start at catcher for the American League in next week’s All-Star Game, keyed a five-run third inning when he connected off Matthew Boyd (4-8) for his 14th homer. That tied John Flaherty (1999) for the most in a season by a Tampa Bay catcher.
In the final year of his contract and expected to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline, Ramos has five homers and 15 RBI over his last 12 games.
Ryne Stanek pitched two innings as the opener for the Rays on their latest bullpen day. He allowed a first-inning single to Niko Goodrum.
Jose Alvarado (1-3) and Jaime Schultz followed Stanek, and both went two hitless innings.
Detroit didn’t get its second hit until John Hicks’ two-out infield single in the seventh against Adam Kolarek, who allowed Nicholas Castellanos’ RBI double and a run-scoring single by Goodrum in ninth.
Sergio Romo got the final out for his 10th save.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias exited in the eighth with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Kolarek.
Stanek has made 11 starts — totaling 16 2/3 innings — since May 26, with 10 of them being scoreless outings.
Boyd gave up five runs and four hits in six innings. The lefty is 0-4 over his last six starts, allowing 28 runs in 28 innings during that stretch.
The skidding Tigers have lost 17 of 21.