Hummel drives in winning run with single

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Indians' bullpen had some help throwing
another one away.

Third baseman Casey Blake's wild throw helped Cincinnati tie it
in the eighth against Cleveland's leaky bullpen, and Tim Hummel's
run-scoring single in the 11th inning gave the Reds a 5-4 victory

"When the run scored, it seemed like it was more than a
celebration," said Hummel, who drove in Ken Griffey Jr.
"Everybody was relieved."

Not the Indians, who have seen it happen all too often.

D'Angelo Jimenez took a called third strike from Rick White
(3-3) with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, giving
Cleveland a temporary reprieve. One inning later, it was over.

Griffey led off the 11th with a single and advanced on Adam
Dunn's groundout. Barry Larkin was intentionally walked, and Hummel
singled up the middle with two outs, prompting White to smack the
ground in frustration.

Cleveland has played 17 extra-inning games, the most in the
majors, and lost 11 of them.

"We just play a lot of close ballgames," said starter Jake
Westbrook, who allowed only one run in 6 2-3 innings. "That's kind
of the way it works out."

A combustible bullpen is usually to blame. Cleveland has only 13
saves, fewest in the AL, in 30 chances.

"We've played a lot of extra-inning games," manager Eric Wedge
said. "This one shouldn't have come to that."

Blake's second error of the game was as much to blame as the

Closer-in-return David Riske gave up a run-scoring groundout by
Jacob Cruz that cut it to 4-3 in the eighth, then got Jason LaRue
to hit a two-out grounder directly to the third baseman.

Blake caught it cleanly, paused and let fly with a soft throw
that sailed over Ben Broussard's head, pulling him off first base.
The error tied it at four.

"I just feel sick to my stomach," said Blake, who leads the
team with 13 errors. "It was a mistake. I was just staying calm
and easing it over there. In that situation, I've got to come up
and be a man and throw it, be aggressive."

Griffey returned to the Reds lineup after missing five starts
because of a sore calf, and wound up scoring the winning run. He
had two singles in six at-bats, leaving him 5-for-35 since he hit
his 500th homer on June 20.

Griffey also had the game's most thunderous at-bat. When he got
to the plate in the sixth, two fighter jets in the area for Fourth
of July celebrations flew low overhead. Griffey quickly backed
away, and the crowd of 30,375 responded to the jets with a loud

Matt Lawton's second solo homer in two days was the only bad
moment for Reds starter right-hander Aaron Harang, who gave up five
hits in six innings.

In two starts since returning from a sore elbow, Harang has
allowed only one run in 11 innings. He was scheduled to start
against the Indians on Friday, but the Reds pushed him back two

The Indians headed home still looking to emerge from their
break-even rut.

After opening the season in a free fall because their
undependable bullpen, they righted themselves with one of the AL's
top rotations and one of the league's most productive lineups.

The loss Sunday left them 39-41. They've gotten to .500 four
times in the last two weeks, only to fall back every time.

"With a few breaks here or there, I think we're in first place
by a couple of games," Lawton said. "We can't seem to turn the
corner. I hope we can soon."

The Indians have been a factor in the Reds' slide from first
place. They led the NL Central by 2{ games in early June, then
through a 10-15 stretch that includes four losses to Cleveland.

The Reds reached the season's midpoint at 44-37, five games
behind St. Louis in the NL Central with a week left before the
All-Star break.

"The All-Star break is when everybody wants to evaluate where
they are," Hummel said. "In the next seven games, we'll see where
we really are."

Game notes
The Indians lead the intrastate series 19-14 overall. ...
In his 13 starts this season, Westbrook is 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA. ...
1B Sean Casey was out of the Reds lineup for the sixth straight
game because of a strained calf. The Reds put him on the DL after
the game, and plan to call up C Corky Miller from Triple-A
Louisville on Monday. ... Reds OF Ryan Freel matched his career
high with four hits. ... When the videoboard's "Kiss Cam" focused
on the Indians' dugout before the top of the eighth, Omar Vizquel
pecked pitcher Cliff Lee on the cheek, drawing laughs and applause.