Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/1)

Game 1: Friday, June 30
Game 2: Saturday, July 1
Game 3: Sunday, July 2

Indians 12

(36-43, 16-24 away)

Reds 7

(44-37, 20-21 home)

    6:10 PM ET, July 1, 2006

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    CLE 120050220 12 17 0
    CIN 000310210 7 12 1

    W: C. Lee (8-5)

    L: J. Mays (0-5)

    Indians look to bounce back from disheartening defeat

    Cleveland (35-43) at Cincinnati (44-36) 6:10 pm EDT

    CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Indians' disappointing season may have reached rock bottom on Friday.

    The underachieving Indians will try and rebound Saturday when they visit the Cincinnati Reds in the second contest of a three-game weekend series.

    Expected to contend for a division title and possibly the American League pennant, Cleveland has lost nine of its last 13 games, none more disheartening than Friday's 9-8 defeat.

    The Indians held a 5-0 lead after one inning and led, 7-0, in the eighth. They even held an 8-4 advantage in the ninth with All-Star closer Bob Wickman on the mound. But the Reds put together a furious rally, capped by Adam Dunn's game-winning grand slam.

    Brandon Phillips matched a career high with four hits and Austin Kearns and Juan Castro also homered for Cincinnati, which has won three straight games.

    Cleveland will try and bounce back behind Cliff Lee (7-5, 4.61), who posted a career-best 18-5 record last year but came out slow this season, pitching to the tune of a 3-5 mark and a 5.46 ERA through May 29. However, June was a brand new month for the lefthander, who went 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts. By comparison, Lee was 1-4 with a 7.79 ERA in six outings during May.

    In his last appearance, Lee surrendered two runs in six innings en route to a 10-3 victory against St. Louis on Monday. With the win, Lee improved to 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his career against the National League.

    Joe Mays (0-0, 2.08) will make his second start and fifth appearance for the Reds since being let go by the Kansas City Royals earlier this season. The 30-year-old righthander, whose last scheduled start was skipped due to an off day, yielded two runs in six innings in an eventual 6-5 triumph against the New York Mets on June 21.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW4L2
    Last 108-26-4

    Pitching Matchup

    C. Lee
    14-11, 4.40 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at CLE
    9.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Win
    J. Mays
    0-5, 8.70 ERA

    Last Game:
    7/22 vs MIL
    3.2 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. G. Sizemore, CF R. Freel, 3B
    2. R. Belliard, 2B A. Dunn, LF
    3. J. Peralta, SS K. Griffey Jr., CF
    4. V. Martinez, C R. Aurilia, 1B
    5. T. Hollandsworth, RF A. Kearns, RF
    6. A. Boone, 3B B. Phillips, 2B
    7. F. Gutierrez, RF J. Castro, SS
    8. T. Hafner, PH J. LaRue, C
    9. C. Lee, P J. Mays, P