CINCINNATI (AP) — Danny Salazar handled the top of Cincinnati's batting order. It was the bottom that caught up with him.
Zack Cozart hit a three-run homer off the left-field foul pole, Kristopher Negron added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians opened a five-game road trip with an 8-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night.
Mat Latos pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and chipped in with a hit as the Reds picked up their third win in four games.
The top four batters in Cincinnati's order were a combined 0 for 8 against Salazar (4-3), who gave up the homers to Cincinnati's seventh- and eighth-place hitters.
"Overall, he was better than his line score," manager Terry Francona said. "He made two costly mistakes to the bottom of the order."
Latos (4-3), making his 10th start since opening the season on the disabled list and being activated on June 14, allowed just one runner past second base before Yan Gomes led off Cleveland's three-run eighth with his 16th homer.
"He leverages the ball downhill and gets strike one," Francona said about Latos. "Once he can do that, he can use both halves of the plate."
Ryan Raburn chased Latos with a pinch-hit, two-run double.
Latos gave up six hits and three runs with two walks and five strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings.
Cozart, who hadn't homered since June 1 at Arizona, connected off Salazar with two outs in the second. Cozart's third homer of the season was the first allowed by Salazar in five starts since May 15 at Toronto.
"I didn't throw too many pitches today," Salazar said, assessing his outing. "I left a couple of balls a little high. I was trying to throw a slider down-and-away (to Cozart). I just missed my spot."
Negron made it 5-0 with a two-out drive in the fourth. The homer was his third of the season, all since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 10.