Indians return favor, shut out Reds

The Indians are starting to feel more and more comfortable with Paul Byrd on the hill. Byrd pitched his fourth quality start in a row Saturday afternoon as the Tribe shut out the Reds 4-0. He threw eight outstanding innings, giving up only five hits, before turning it over to Wickman in the ninth. Byrd has now gone at least six innings in each of his last 10 starts. He has been the Tribe’s most consistent starter over the past few months and really toyed with Reds’ hitters all day.

“He stepped up big,” said manager Eric Wedge. “He’s an intense competitor and I can’t say enough about the way he’s pitching right now.”

Todd Hollandsworth fueled the offense by hitting a two-run home run in the second off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner each had two hits and Grady Sizemore hit his 14th homer of the season. Joe Inglett made his first start in left field and figures to be in the outfield mix for the next week or so, as Jason Michaels was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 16.

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