Reds score on basesloaded walk in 10th, Guardians edge 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Moustakas pulled the third consecutive walk in the 10th inning off Cleveland reliever Nick Sandlin to force a run, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to a 5-4 win over the Guardians 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) took the win for Cincinnati despite giving up Owen Miller’s tying, two-run homer in the ninth. Rookie reliever Alexis Díaz survived a nerve-racking 10th by striking out Cleveland-star José Ramírez with the bases loaded for the last out and his first save.

Tyler Naquin homered for the Reds (10-26), who became the last team in the majors to reach double digits, despite scoring in five doubles and losing a two-run lead in the ninth.

Miller’s towering two-run homer into Warren’s left-field stands made it 4-4.

The Guardians had hit only four basehits in the first eight innings against rookie Connor Overton and reliever Tony Santillan before Miller followed a first walk to José Ramírez with his fourth homer.

Miller’s heroism took an Overton win.

The righthander gave up only three hits in 7 2/3 innings in Cincinnati’s second stellar start in a row. Overton gave up back-to-back hits in the third, retired 15 consecutive basehits, then gave up a leadoff infield single in the eighth.

Overton retired the side, but walked pinch-hitter Franmil Reyes and was pulled by manager David Bell after a career of 98 pitches.

His appearance came two days after Cincinnati rookie starter Hunter Greene and Warren combined eight no-hit innings in a 1-0 loss in Pittsburgh.

The Reds were only the sixth team in the modern era to lose despite not allowing a hit, one of baseball’s rarest feats.

The Guardians played their fourth game in a row without manager Terry Francona, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Chicago last week and also missed the three-game weekend series in Minnesota.

Acting manager and pitching coach Carl Willis said 63-year-old Francona is feeling better and is approaching a return.

Cleveland first baseman Josh Naylor also stays out.

Naquin, who spent five seasons with Cleveland, gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with his third homer – a shot into the rightfield seats of Zach Plesac.

HELP NEEDED

Plesac, who gave up two runs in six innings, didn’t get much support.

The Guardians have scored 11 runs in his seven starts, a huge difference from the past three seasons when Cleveland averaged 5.28 runs per nine innings ahead of him.

RARE AIR

Guardians reliever Bryan Shaw made his 475th career appearance, moving him to third in club history behind Mel Harder (582 games) and Bob Feller (570).

TRAINERS ROOM

Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19 injured list) had switched his rehab assignment from Louisville (Triple-A) to Dayton (Class A). He has been out since May 3.

Guardians: Reyes was not at the start after a ‘family matter’. … Hitting coach Chris Valaika was back on duty after being one of five Cleveland coaches to test positive for COVID-19.

NEXT ONE

Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (2-4, 5.89 ERA) won for the first time since opening day last week in Pittsburgh. He will face Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill (1-2, 3.93) in the series final.

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