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Indians Extend Win Streak To Four Games With Win Over Reds; Three Takeaways

2. Carlos “Slamtana”

As good as Tomlin was on the mound, Carlos Santana was just as good from the plate.

Santana went two-for-three, with two monster home runs. The first homer was a lead-off run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Indians a 4-2 lead.

The team seemingly fed off of Santana’s energy in that inning, nearly making it through their entire order, and scoring another run on an RBI sacrifice-fly from Bradley Zimmer to extend the lead, 5-2.

Santana also scored the final run of the game in the eighth inning, making Monday night the eighth multi-homer game of his career. It also marked the fourth time in his career that Santana homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.

While Monday night was a great performance, July has been good to Santana in general. He’s now batting .333 with 11 RBI this month.

After the game, Francona was asked why Santana has seen so much success in the second half of the season over his career, and about how important he will be as the Tribe tries to make a deep postseason run.

“He’s always been that way, he doesn’t wear down,” Francona said. “It’s like the more at-bats he gets, the better he is. That’s really welcome, because he’ll play a huge part in us going forward.”

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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