Deciding what to do with Mitch Talbot is going to be a tough call for the Indians. On the one hand, he only has 1.5 years of service time, so if he can stick as a major-league starter, he's going to be a bargain for the next several years. But if he keeps turning in performances like today's it's going to be hard keeping him in the rotation in a pennant race with several starters having outstanding seasons in AAA.
Talbot lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits. He needed to give the club innings, as the bullpen went seven innings yesterday after Fausto Carmona left in the third inning due to injury. But even with an early lead, Talbot couldn't hold the Cincinnati offense down. After Shelley Duncan got the Indians on the board in the second, Talbot gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning. Two innings later, he gave up three more, and the Indians pinch-hit for him in the top of the fifth, ending his day.
Edgar Renteria homered to push the lead to 7-2 in the sixth, but the Indians would claw back to within two runs. But they were held scoreless in their last two at-bats, giving the Reds their only victory in six games against the Indians.
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