Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) tags out Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis at second base. AP
CINCINNATI — Homer Bailey pitched seven innings to end his losing streak against Cleveland, and Billy Hamilton had an RBI triple and scored a run Thursday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the intrastate rival Indians.
The Reds won three of four in the annual series, splitting two games in Cleveland and sweeping a pair at Great American Ball Park.
Bailey (9-5) had lost his past three starts against the Indians. After pitching out of trouble in the first, he settled in and allowed four hits while fanning eight. He also singled and scored.
Bailey overcame an unsettling moment in the fifth inning, when Jose Ramirez lined a pitch directly at his face. The right-hander turned away and knocked down the ball with his glove, recovered and threw to first from his knees. Three times, Bailey shook his head as he regained his composure.
Hamilton had a hand in two of the four runs off left-hander T.J. House (1-3), who made his 11th career start. House gave up eight hits while pitching into the seventh, and remained winless on the road, falling to 0-3 in seven games.
Hamilton singled in the first and scored on first baseman Carlos Santana’s throwing error. Ryan Ludwick’s RBI single made it 2-0.
Bailey singled and scored on Hamilton’s triple in the second inning. Hamilton rounded third too far and was caught in a rundown for the final out of the inning, leaving it 3-0.
TRAINER’S ROOM: Indians right-hander C.C. Lee was called up from Triple-A Columbus. Lee pitched two scoreless innings Thursday night against Cincinnati. Starter Danny Salazar was optioned to Columbus.
UP NEXT: The Indians open a three-game series at Yankee Stadium tonight. Trevor Bauer (4-6) makes his first career start there. Manager Terry Francona said Carlos Carrasco would start Sunday in New York, taking Salazar’s spot.
Tribe trades Pestano
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels acquired right-hander Vinnie Pestano in a trade with the Indians on Thursday.
Pestano has spent time with Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus this season. He went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 games with the Indians, making his most recent major league appearance on July 10 against the New York Yankees.
The Indians received right-hander Michael Clevinger. Clevinger, 23, is 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 18 starts at two Class-A stops. He was selected by Los Angeles in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.