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Reds take game one in Battle of Ohio with 7-5 win over Indians; three takeaways

3. Too little, twoo late.

Prior to the ninth inning, Cleveland’s only run of the game came in the fourth inning on a solo homer from Yonder Alonso.

They would find no offensive groove until the bottom of the ninth inning. After Alonso drew a lead off walk, Jason Kipnis sent a two-run shot to right field. Yan Gomes followed up in the next at-bat with a double, and was joined on-base by Greg Allen who recorded a single two batters later.

Gomes was plated the following at-bat by a Francisco Lindor sacrifice fly, and a Michael Brantley double would drive in Allen for the Tribe’s fifth and final run.

What made this loss particularly upsetting was the fact that Cleveland was down 5-1 heading into the top of the ninth before Tomlin gave up that homer to Schebler.

But other than the ninth, the Tribe struggled for most of the game to string hits together. They were just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and were unable to get more than one hit in any inning before the ninth.

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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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