CLEVELAND (AP) – Bryan Price was still angry a day later, and he let the umpires know it while presenting Cincinnati’s lineup card.
And, just like that, the Reds manager was done for the game — before a pitch was thrown.
Price was tossed by umpire Jim Reynolds after the exchange of lineup cards, getting into a lengthy argument that carried on as the Indians took the field to start Cleveland’s 2-1 victory on Saturday. The crew chief ejected Price for arguing ball-and-strike calls from the previous night.
“It was just a hangover from yesterday, that’s all,” Price said after his fourth career ejection. “I was given fair warning that I would be ejected. There were just some things left unsaid yesterday that were said today.”
The defeat extended the Reds’ season-long losing streak to seven games, but took a backseat to their skipper’s tirade.
Price was displeased with the strike zone of plate umpire Manny Gonzalez during the Indians’ 7-3 victory Friday. Cincinnati pitchers were charged with eight walks and struck out only two.
Center fielder Billy Hamilton said everyone in the Reds’ dugout knew Price was going to have his say before the second game of the interleague series.
“I wouldn’t say we were enjoying it, but we definitely were watching it,” Hamilton said, smiling. “We were all watching it.”
Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who allowed one run in seven innings, was warming up in the bullpen during Price’s tantrum.
“I noticed he wasn’t in the dugout, but I didn’t know why,” said DeSclafani, who struck out six and scattered three hits in a no-decision. “I thought it might have been a family emergency or something like that until the guys told me he had been ejected.
“That’s obviously not something you see every day.”
Reds reliever Tony Cingrani (0-1) replaced DeSclafani to start the eighth and took the loss. He walked leadoff hitter Roberto Perez, which led to the Indians scoring the go-ahead run on Jason Kipnis’ RBI double.
Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (2-5) struck out seven and allowed nine hits in eight innings, while closer Cody Allen tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save.
Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Zack Cozart in the second, but was unable to score again against the reigning American League Cy Young winner.
“I thought Kluber was vulnerable because we hit some balls on the screws and got a lot of runners on,” Price said. “We just didn’t capitalize on those opportunities.”
Designated hitter Jay Bruce went 2 for 4, increasing his hitting streak to six games for the Reds, who have been outscored 49-17 during their skid.
Hamilton jammed his left hand and shoulder while attempting to steal second base in the seventh. Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez planted his right leg in front of the base, which the Reds’ speedster slid into hand-first. “It hurt for a minute, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to keep me down,” said Hamilton, who remained in the game. “I just ran into his leg, which hurt my hand and my shoulder.”
Reds: C Devin Mesoraco (left hip impingement) will be re-examined Monday when the team returns to Cincinnati. An All-Star a year ago, he experienced increased pain in the joint after working out Friday in Cleveland.
Indians: Catcher Yan Gomes (sprained right knee) is scheduled to be activated Sunday. He was injured April 11. Gomes caught nine innings Friday at Triple-A Columbus in his last game on a rehab assignment.
Reds: RHP Raisel Iglesias, a rookie from Cuba, will make his third major league start. RHP Johnny Cueto was scheduled to pitch, but was scratched after experiencing mild stiffness in his right elbow.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer, who is 1-1 with a 5.34 ERA at home this season, seeks his first career victory over Cincinnati. He pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings in beating the White Sox on May 19.