CLEVELAND – The Reds got off to a scorching start at the plate before experiencing a scare in the field.
Manager David Bell was grateful his team survived it.
“We got lucky,” he said.
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 52/3 innings to snap a five-start winless streak.
Carlos Santana hit his 14th homer for Cleveland.
RED SOX 4, RANGERS 3: In Boston, Mookie Betts drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning for the win.
Andrew Benintendi hit a triple and two doubles, driving in two runs for the Red Sox as they ended a three-game skid and avoided falling below .500 for the first time in more than a month.
Boston rallied against reliever Jesse Chavez (2-1) in the ninth after allowing the Rangers to tie it in the eighth on an unearned run.
Matt Barnes (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.
MARLINS 9, CARDINALS 0: In Miami, rookie Jordan Yamamoto pitched seven innings to win his major league debut, and Garrett Cooper hit a grand slam and the Marlins broke a six-game losing streak.
Yamamoto allowed three hits and two walks and threw 95 pitches.
Two relievers completed a three-hitter.
Cooper finished a double shy of the cycle, and pulled a two-out inside fastball that was off the plate for a grand slam in the second inning against Miles Mikolas (4-7).