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  • Associated Press The Indians' Oscar Mercado, right, celebrates with Francisco Lindor after hitting a game-winning single Tuesday in Cleveland.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:00 am

Indians rookie delivers in 10th

STEVE HERRICK | Associated Press

CLEVELAND – Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the 10th inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the intrastate matchup Tuesday night.

Mercado lined a 1-2 pitch from Raisel Iglesias (1-6) to left field and was mobbed by his teammates after rounding first base.

Mercado was doused with water buckets as he did a postgame interview in front of the dugout.

Mike Freeman drew a one-out walk and took third on a single by Leonys Martín. Francisco Lindor was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Mercado.

Mercado, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus on May 14, hit a tie-breaking home run off CC Sabathia in a win over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Brad Hand (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings and struck out the side in the 10th.

Cleveland has won five of seven on its homestand, taking two of three from Minnesota and the Yankees.

Indians starter Trevor Bauer allowed one run in 72/3 innings and threw 118 pitches. Red starter Luis Castillo allowed a solo homer to Carlos Santana in the fourth and struck out six in six innings.

Bauer walked Derek Dietrich with two outs in the eighth and was replaced by Oliver Pérez. Pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer singled to deep short and Nick Wittgren retired Yasiel Puig on a fly ball to right.

Bauer worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh that started with a double by Puig. Bauer issued one-out walks to José Iglesias and Tucker Barnhart – the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters.

Bauer fielded Nick Senzel's tapper in front of the mound and threw home to start an inning-ending double play. Catcher Roberto Pérez stepped on the plate and threw to first.

Bauer pumped his right fist and jumped over the third-base foul line.