CINCINNATI (AP) – Carlos Santana hit two two-run homers, and Josh Tomlin stayed unbeaten by allowing only five hits while pitching into the eighth inning on Thursday night, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and the first sweep of their annual intrastate series.
The Indians won two games in Cleveland and two at Great American Ball Park by outscoring the Reds 43-16. Neither team had swept the season series that started in 1997. Cleveland has won nine of the 10 games over the past two seasons.
Cleveland (21-17) moved a season-high four games over .500 with its fourth straight win, which also matches its season high. The Reds have dropped seven of eight and nine of 11.
Tomlin (6-0) won his sixth straight decision on the road. The right-hander gave up Joey Votto’s two-run homer and fanned seven in 7 2/3 innings.
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