Indians explode, thrash Reds 19-4; Yankees up next

The Cleveland Indians ended their losing streak in style.

After dropping 4 straight, the Tribe erupted for 19 hits in a 19-4 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night.

The Reds still took 2 of 3 in the series. The teams will meet again in Cincinnati August 13-15.

Jose Ramirez led the hit parade with 2 homers and 5 RBI. His 27 bombs are the most ever by an Indians third baseman before the All-Star break.

Tyler Naquin also had 3 hits and 3 RBI for the Indians, who blew the game open with 9 runs in the 3rd inning and improve to 50-41 on the season.

Cleveland starts a 4-game series Thursday night at Progressive Field against the New York Yankees, who eliminated the Tribe from last year's playoffs.

The 2 winningest pitchers in the American League, Luis Severino (14-2) and Corey Kluber (12-4) will meet in game 1 of the series.

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