CLEVELAND (AP) — The Reds got off to a scorching start at the plate before experiencing a scare in the field.
Rookie Nick Senzel and Joey Votto hit back-to-back home runs to open the game before Senzel and José Peraza walked away unhurt following a violent collision in the outfield as the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday.
The quick homers by Senzel and Votto — the first to start a game for Cincinnati since 2001 — off rookie Zach Plesac (1-2) marked the first time an opposing team began with back-to-back homers in Cleveland in 118 years.
It set the tone for the Reds, who earned a split of the two-game series between Ohio’s teams and snapped an eight-game losing streak in interleague play.
Eugenio Suárez and Curt Casali also homered for Cincinnati.
Anthony DeSclafani (3-3) made the early run support stand, allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a five-start winless streak.
Senzel drove Plesac’s fourth pitch onto the pedestrian patio beyond the left-field wall for his fifth homer. The Reds had just wrapped up congratulating him in the dugout when Votto, serving as designated hitter for the fourth time in his career, hit a 3-2 pitch into the right-field stands for his sixth homer.
Peraza later delivered an RBI double in the fifth to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Suarez led off the sixth with 15th homer and the third surrendered by Plesac, who had allowed just two in his previous three starts.
Plesac hung around until the sixth, but the first-inning homers were costly.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (2-6, 4.21 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series Friday against Texas. He suffered consecutive tough losses last month, when the Reds batted .070 (4 of 57) while being shut out twice.
Indians: Following an off day, Adam Plutko (2-1, 5.19 ERA) will make his first start on the road as Cleveland begins a three-game series at Detroit on Friday.