CLEVELAND -- Johnny Cueto threw his fourth complete game of the season and the Cincinnati Reds, aided by a bizarre play in which a Cleveland runner was fooled by a second ball on the field, defeated the Indians 9-2 on Tuesday night.
The Indians, trying to mount a comeback in the seventh, had a rally squelched after an errant warmup pitch from Cincinnati's bullpen came on the field.
Yan Gomes' double cut the lead to 6-2 and moved David Murphy to third as a ball thrown by reliever Jumbo Diaz rolled behind second base. Murphy mistakenly thought that ball was live and edged off third. He was tagged out after the ball that was in play was thrown to Santiago.
Indians manager Terry Francona spoke briefly with the umpires, but the call stood.
The unusual play, along with Cueto's strong performance and a rare big offensive day by the Reds, helped Cincinnati break a 10-game losing streak at Progressive Field.
Cueto (13-6), who hasn't lost since July 2, allowed two runs in winning his fifth straight decision.
Michael Brantley had an RBI single for the Indians, whose four-game winning streak ended.
Cincinnati scored in the first on a dropped relay throw by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Jay Bruce had three hits and two RBIs and Negron added a two-run double in the ninth.