CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Broussard can sleep even easier now --
although he's not looking for rest.
The first baseman hit two of Cleveland's five homers and Jake
Westbrook got some unaccustomed run support as the Indians defeated
the Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Saturday night.
Broussard dedicated his first homer of the game, which snapped a
6-for-46 (.130) slide, to his 8-day-old daughter, Mia.
"I haven't gotten a lot of sleep lately, but I was in the
middle of the skid when she was born," Broussard said. "I slept
four nights at the hospital, but I wanted to keep playing and get
some hits. Hopefully, some more will follow."
Cleveland, which scored eight runs in the third to overcome a
3-1 deficit, had a season-high 21 hits. The Indians stopped a
four-game losing streak, improved to 14-3 in interleague play and
boosted their record to 21-10 since May 21.
Westbrook (5-9) tied a career high with eight strikeouts as he
won his third straight start. He gave up three runs and eight hits
in seven innings, walking one. An All-Star last year when he went
14-9, Westbrook had been the victim of several poor offensive
performances by the Indians -- who have totaled only 15 runs in his
Cincinnati's Javier Valentin, Felipe Lopez and Jason Romano
homered in a four-run ninth off David Riske. The Reds, who lost for
the first time in four games since Jerry Narron became interim
manager, had a winning streak stopped at three for the fifth time
Reds starter Luke Hudson (1-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits
in 2 1/3 innings.
"It was almost like a hitting parade out there," said the
right-hander, who spent the first two months of the season on the
disabled list with a sore right shoulder.
"I had to stop it before it got worse. Unfortunately, I wasn't
able to do it. That's the hardest I've ever been hit. I hope I
don't have to go through it again. It was embarrassing, disturbing
and downright pathetic."
Broussard hit his seventh homer in the third and connected again
in the fourth for his third multihomer game and first since Sept.
1, 2003, at Detroit.
"Hitting is contagious," he said. "You see one guy hit one a
long way and it gives you some confidence that if you get your
pitch, you can do it, too."
"The disappointing thing was we got the lead and gave it
back," Narron said.
Grady Sizemore doubled and scored in the Indians' first and
sparked the third with his seventh homer.
"Grady started it off the way he's been doing all year and we
just got on a roll," said Crisp. "It's pretty tough for everybody
one through nine to get multiple hits, but we almost did."
Only No. 9 hitter Jhonny Peralta had fewer than two hits, going
After Hafner drew a one-out walk to keep the third inning going,
Martinez's eighth homer put Cleveland ahead 4-3. Broussard followed
with another homer, then Ronnie Belliard singled and went to third
on a double off the right-field wall by Jody Gerut.
Hafner hit a 477-foot shot to right-center for his 11th homer
and 11-3 lead in the fifth.
Cleveland is 20-1 when scoring at least six runs. ... The
attendance of 42,521 was Cleveland's first sellout since opening
day and largest crowd at Jacobs Field since July 14, 2002, against
the New York Yankees. ... Westbrook is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his
last four starts at home. ... Sizemore went 2-for-4 and is hitting
.393 (35-for-89) in June. ... The Reds have lost nine of 10 on the
road and are 7-25 away from Cincinnati. ... Ken Griffey Jr. went
0-for-2 with a walk but made two outstanding catches in center to
take away extra-base hits from Belliard to close the fifth and
Gerut to open the sixth. ... Reds pitchers have allowed 114 homers,
the most in the majors.