In his past 14 innings over two starts, Leake has allowed one run and seven hits. He allowed five earned runs in four innings in a 7-3 loss while the Reds suffered a three-game sweep in Cleveland over Memorial Day weekend.

In what should be a relatively high-scoring game, the Reds will host in-state rival the Indians tonight at 7:10PM ET. They send Mike Leake to the mound, has been up-and-down in the first half. “I am just trying to keep it going”. That was the first of three consecutive hits, a rally capped by Leake’s RBI squeeze bunt. Todd Frazier and Joey Votto should get to Trevor Bauer, who owns a 3.76 ERA. The 29-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in two career starts against the Reds, including eight dominant innings in a 2-1 victory May 23 at home.DeSclafani will be well-rested, having not pitched since July 6, when he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Washington.

“The first inning, I felt pretty good”, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “He had a good cutter, the best cutter I’ve seen him have this season, but then he started falling behind”.

Byrd, who has been mentioned in trade rumors, went 4-for-4 with his 15th homer of the season, a triple, double and two singles.

Leake pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third with a ringing, bases-loaded double that one-hopped the wall in right-center. Lindor would single to center to start that inning followed by one of Michael Brantley’s pair of doubles on the night.

Leake atoned for his outing against the Indians on May 22, which is tied for his shortest of the season. Leake’s sacrifice bunt would score Eugenio Suarez to round out the two run second inning for the Reds.

Reds: LHP Tony Cingrani pitched five scoreless innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday in the fourth appearance and third start of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. The Indians have won two of the last three games that last year’s AL Cy Young Award victor has pitched after losing five straight, but struggled to support Kluber again in a 2-0 loss to Oakland on Sunday.

ST. LOUIS – Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, Lance Lynn outdueled Noah Syndergaard and the St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. Cleveland, which is 5 1/2 games back in the American League wild-card race, also dropped its last two contests after putting together a four-game winning streak.