(Sports Network) - Right-hander Justin Masterson takes the mound for the first
time with the front-running Cleveland Indians tonight when they host the
Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a three-game interleague series at
The Indians entered the series 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the
American League Central Division, but a pair of one-run defeats of the Reds
combined with a pair of White Sox losses to the Chicago Cubs have yielded a
Cleveland went for the dramatic ending in game two on Tuesday, when Asdrubal
Cabrera hit his second career game-ending home run, a two-run shot off Aroldis
Chapman in the 10th to lift the Indians to a 3-2 victory.
It was Cabrera's seventh homer of the season, giving the Indians their first
two-game win streak since June 5-6 at Detroit. It made a winner of Nick
Hagadone (1-0), despite the lefty's rocky appearance in the top of the 10th.
"It was a great win, very dramatic," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "The top
hitters in our lineup stepped up and had tremendous at-bats. Everyone will
remember the walkoff by Cabrera, which was a great at-bat, but (Shin-Soo) Choo
before him had an outstanding at-bat."
Willie Harris led off the top of the 10th for the Reds with a double off Joe
Smith, but was thrown out at third on a subsequent bunt attempt. Harris would
have been safe if he had attempted a normal slide, but tried to hook his foot
around the bag, allowing Jack Hannahan a chance to tag him.
Chris Heisey followed with a broken-bat grounder toward Hannahan, who fielded
the ball even though the sharp piece of wood slid between his legs. Hagadone
was brought in to get out of the inning, but uncorked two wild pitches to
allow Heisey to score the go-ahead run.
"It didn't matter how you got the run across, only that you got the run," Reds
manager Dusty Baker said. "We got the run, but you always want more. It's a
tough one to take because we did have the lead."
Chapman (4-3) came in to close the game for Cincinnati, but allowed a one-out
single to Choo, who went 2-for-2 against lefties this game after coming in
just 13-for-74 against them this season.
It was only the fifth hit to a lefty Chapman had allowed all season in 42 at-
The Reds, who won three straight against Cleveland in a home series earlier
this month, saw their lead in the National League Central trimmed to 2 1/2
games with Pittsburgh's 7-2 win over Minnesota.
Masterson, a second-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2006, came to
Cleveland with Hagadone and a minor-leaguer in a deal for Victor Martinez in
He was 6-13 in his initial full season with the Indians, then won a career-
high 12 games last season and picked up win No. 3 of 2012 with a 2-0 defeat of
the Pirates in his last start on June 15.
In that game, the 27-year-old native of Kingston, Jamaica tossed seven
scoreless innings and allowed four hits with nine strikeouts.
He's 1-2 in three lifetime meetings with the Reds with a 4.58 earned run
average in 19 2/3 innings.
For Cincinnati, veteran righty Bronson Arroyo faces the Indians for the 10th
time in his 341st big-league appearance.
Arroyo, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1995, also played with Boston before
coming to the Reds in a deal for outfielder Wily Mo Pena before the 2006
He won a career-high 17 games in 2010 before slumping to nine wins last season
and winning three of his initial seven decisions in 2012, his 13th season in
The Key West, FL native ended a three-decision skid in his last start on June
15, tossing six innings of four-hit, three-run ball in a 7-3 defeat of the New
He's 5-4 lifetime against the Indians with a 4.67 ERA.
Cleveland leads the interleague series between the teams, 41-39.
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