Indians drop 4th straight. Red Sox move into first.

The Cincinnati Reds Kicked off a 3 game series against the Indians on Friday night in what has been dubbed "the battle of I-71" however, tonight, it was the Hernandez/Griffey show.

The tribe got a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning from a lead off single by Grady Sizemore. Victor Martinez' basehit up the middle brought Sizemore home, but it only took one inning for the reds to strike back.

Griffey took a 1-2 pitch to opposite field for his 13th home run of the year followed by Joe Randas solo shot. It was Randa's 12th and gave the Reds a 2-1 advantage.

The Indians came right back on Jose Hernandez' blast to the home run porch in left field. Jose seemed to be the only bat not coming around after the tribes slow start this season but still maintained an average above .200, his bat has caught fire over the last few weeks.

Hernandez, who had only hit 1 home run in 160 at bats since April 16th, connected for 2 in 2 innings.

Griffey and Hernandez' accounted for 4 of their teams runs but it was Griffeys second that proved one too many for the Tribe. All 4 homers were solo.

Keep your head up: Tribe Starter Scott Elarton pitched a gem going 6 innings while only giving up 3 runs on 7 hits but left the game with a no decision. He struck out 7.

Elarton had started the season losing his first two contests but has since won 4 straight with an ERA of 4.76 and 47 strikeouts. He has been one of the teams more consistent starters.

Around the League:

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox both had tremendous starts from opening day winning close ball games against division opponents, but it has been the white sox who have kept the momentum. The orioles have been floundering for a couple of weeks with the Boston Red Sox lurking behind them. Tonight, The orioles collapsed. losing 7-5 to the Atlanta Braves and surrending first place to a red hot boston club that has won 5 straight games.

note: a big reason for the red sox' latest success is the newfound confidence of Manny Ramirez, who with david ortiz may just well be the best 1,2 punch since Ruth and Gehrig. Ramirez has homered in 5 consecutive games with 9 runs batted in.