CLEVELAND – Ben Broussard hit two of Cleveland’s five homers and Jake Westbrook got some unaccustomed run support as the Indians defeated the Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Saturday night.

Cleveland, which scored eight runs in the third to overcome a 3-1 deficit, had a season-high 21 hits The Indians stopped a four-game losing streak, improved to 14-3 in interleague play and boosted their record since May 21 to 21-10.

Westbrook (5-9) tied a career high with eight strikeouts as he won his third straight start. He gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings, walking one. An All-Star last year when he went 14-9, Westbrook had been the victim of several poor offensive performances by the Indians – who have totaled only 15 runs his nine losses.

Coco Crisp had four hits, and Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner had three apiece for Cleveland.

Cincinnati’s Javier Valentin, Felipe Lopez and Jason Romano homered in the ninth off David Riske. The Reds, who lost for the first time in four games since Jerry Narron became interim manager, had a winning streak stopped at three for the fifth time this season.

Luke Hudson (1-2) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Broussard, in a 6-for-46 (.130) slide, hit his seventh homer of the season in the third. He had his third multihomer game, the first since Sept. 1, 2003, at Detroit.

Lopez doubled and scored on a single by Sean Casey in the first, and Casey had an RBI double and scored on a double by Joe Randa in the third for a 3-1 lead.

Grady Sizemore doubled and scored in the Indians’ first and sparked the third with his seventh homer.

After Hafner drew a one-out walk, Martinez’s eighth homer put Cleveland ahead 4-3. Broussard followed with another homer, then Ronnie Belliard singled and went to third on a double off the right-field wall by Jody Gerut.

Aaron Boone greeted reliever Ricky Stone with an RBI single to make it 6-3. Crisp had a two-run single and Hafner singled home another run later in the inning.

Broussard connected again in the fourth, and Hafner hit a 477-foot shot to right-center for his 11th homer and 11-3 lead in the fifth.

Notes: Cleveland is 20-1 when scoring at least six runs. … The attendance of 42,521 was Cleveland’s first sellout since opening day and largest crowd at Jacobs Field since July 14, 2002, against the New York Yankees. … Westbrook is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last four starts at home. … Sizemore went 2-for-4 and is hitting .393 (35-for-89) in June. … The Reds have lost nine of 10 on the road and are just 7-25 away from Cincinnati. … Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-2 with a walk but made two outstanding catches in center to take away extra-base hits from Belliard to close the fifth and Gerut to open the sixth. … Reds pitchers have allowed 114 homers, the most in the major leagues.

AP-ES-06-25-05 2213EDT


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