CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Moustakas was given the third straight walk in the 10th inning by Cleveland reliever Nick Sandlin to force a run, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Guardians 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Moustakas was on his last strike before taking three straight pitches from Sandlin (3-2) to bring in Matt Reynolds, who started the inning at second base.
Art Warren (2-1) got the win for Cincinnati despite giving up Owen Miller’s two-run homer in the ninth. Rookie reliever Alexis Diaz survived a harrowing 10th inning by striking out Cleveland star Jose Ramirez with the bases loaded for the final out and his first save.
Tyler Naquin homered for the Reds (10-26), who became the last Major League team to win double figures despite hitting five double plays and blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.
Miller’s towering two-run homer into the left field bleachers off Warren tied the score 4-4.
The Guardians managed just four singles through the first eight innings against rookie Connor Overton and reliever Tony Santillan before Miller followed up a leadoff walk off José Ramírez with his fourth home run.
Miller’s heroism snatched a win from Overton.
The right-hander allowed just three singles in 7 2/3 innings in Cincinnati’s second consecutive stellar start. Overton gave up back-to-back hits in the third, retiring 15 in a row and then allowing an infield single in the eighth.
Overton got two outs, but walked pinch hitter Franmil Reyes and was retired by manager David Bell after throwing a career-high 98 pitches.
His performance came two days after Cincinnati rookie starter Hunter Greene and Warren combined to pitch eight hitless innings in a 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh.
The Reds were only the sixth team in the modern era to lose despite not allowing a hit, one of the rarest feats in baseball.
The Guardians played their fourth straight game without manager Terry Francona, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week in Chicago and also missed the three-game weekend series in Minnesota.
Interim manager and pitching coach Carl Willis said Francona, 63, is feeling better and is about to return.
Cleveland first baseman Josh Naylor also remains out.
Naquin, who spent five seasons with Cleveland, gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with his third home run, a shot into the right-field seats off Zach Plesac.
Plesac, who allowed two runs in six innings, hasn’t gotten much run support.
The Guardians have scored 11 runs in his seven starts, a big difference from the past three seasons when Cleveland averaged 5.28 runs per nine innings for him.
Guardians reliever Bryan Shaw made his 475th career appearance, placing him third in club history behind Mel Harder (582 games) and Bob Feller (570).
Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19 IL) changed his rehab assignment from Louisville (Triple-A) to Dayton (Class A). He has been out since May 3.
Guardians: Reyes was not in the starting lineup after dealing with a “family matter.” … Hitting coach Chris Valaika was back after being one of five Cleveland coaches to test positive for COVID-19.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (2-4, 5.89 ERA) won for the first time since opening day last week in Pittsburgh. He faces Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill (1-2, 3.93) in the series finale.
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