Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/20/12

Justin Masterson couldn’t possibly be more dialed in right now. The Tribe right-hander has assumed his rightful role as the ace of the staff, throwing his third straight gem as he led the Indians to a 8-1 victory to complete the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field and split the six games of the Ohio Cup. Masterson went the distance, scattering three hits and one unearned run in the eighth inning while striking out nine. The Indians put a five spot on the board in the fourth with home runs by Johnny Damon and Asdrubal Cabrera. Lonnie Chisenhall added a three-run double for good measure in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach. The Tribe is now 36-32 and currently sits in first place, one game ahead of the Chicago White Sox, pending the outcome of their game tonight. The Tribe is off tomorrow before opening a three-game series in Houston on Friday night. Ubaldo Jimenez will face Lucas Harrell.

Scoring Summary Bot 4th: Cleveland - J. Damon homered to deep right, C. Kotchman scored - A. Cabrera homered to deep right center, L. Chisenhall and S. Choo scored Bot 7th: Cleveland - L. Chisenhall doubled to shallow right, C. Santana, C. Kotchman and J. Damon scored Top 8th: Cincinnati - W. Harris grounded out to second, J. Bruce scored, T. Frazier to third  Cincinnati AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg Z. Cozart ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .262 C. Heisey cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .265 J. Votto 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .367 B. Phillips 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288 J. Bruce rf 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .251 S. Rolen 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .175 T. Frazier lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .265 W. Harris dh 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .114 R. Hanigan c 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .288  Totals 29 1 3 1 0 0 9 0 4  Batting 2B - T Frazier (11, J Masterson). RBI - W Harris (2). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - R Hanigan 1. GIDP - J Votto. Team LOB - 2.  Base Running CS - C Heisey (3, 2nd base by J Masterson/L Marson).  Fielding E - J Votto (3, throw). DP - 1 (B Phillips-Z Cozart-J Votto).  Cleveland AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg S. Choo rf 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 .276 A. Cabrera ss 4 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 2 .300 M. Brantley cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .282 C. Santana dh 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .232 J. Lopez 2b 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .238 C. Kotchman 1b 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .228 J. Damon lf 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 .203     A. Cunningham lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 L. Chisenhall 3b 3 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 .271 L. Marson c 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 .242  Totals 35 8 11 8 2 6 6 0 17  Batting 2B - S Choo 2 (22, B Arroyo 2); J Lopez (8, A Simon); L Chisenhall (2, A Simon). HR - A Cabrera (8, 4th inning off B Arroyo 2 on, 2 Out), J Damon (3, 4th inning off B Arroyo 1 on, 1 Out). RBI - A Cabrera 3 (31), J Damon 2 (13), L Chisenhall 3 (9). 2-out RBI - A Cabrera 3, L Chisenhall 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - S Choo 1, C Santana 1, L Chisenhall 1, L Marson 1. GIDP - C Santana. Team LOB - 9.  Fielding E - A Cabrera (7, field). DP - 1 (J Lopez-A Cabrera-C Kotchman).  Cincinnati IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA B. Arroyo (L, 3-5) 4.0 8 5 5 2 2 2 1.31 4.19 A. Simon 2.2 3 3 0 2 2 0 1.39 1.98 J.J. Hoover 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.06 3.00 L. Ondrusek 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.31 3.04  Cleveland IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA J. Masterson (W, 4-6) 9.0 3 1 0 0 9 0 1.30 3.98 HBP - C Heisey (by J Masterson). Pitches-strikes - B Arroyo 90-57; A Simon 42-26; J Hoover 10-4; L Ondrusek 16-10; J Masterson 110-76. Ground balls-fly balls - B Arroyo 6-6; A Simon 4-4; J Hoover 0-0; L Ondrusek 1-0; J Masterson 15-3. Batters faced - B Arroyo 21; A Simon 14; J Hoover 2; L Ondrusek 4; J Masterson 30. Game Details Umpires: HP–Ron Kulpa. 1B–D.J. Reyburn. 2B–Jim Wolf. 3B–Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 107 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, out to center.
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