CINCINNATI -- Shane Bieber kept his album strikeout run, fanning 13 and pitching the Cleveland Indians beyond the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Sunday.
Bieber (2-1) became the first pitcher in big league history to start the year with four consecutive starts with 10 strikeouts because the mound was moved to its present space back in 1893.
"That is why you call men aces. And he definitely has lived up to this," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He is really liable for what he wants to do."
The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner has 48 strikeouts this season, fitting Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan for the maximum during the first four starts of a year.
"He is the whole package for a pitcher," Reds manager David Bell explained. "He has all of it. He deserves all of the credit score now. We have a couple of runs him off but not enough"
"I sensed a little dumb, somewhat sluggish at the start of the match but managed to make it through it and sort of get on a roster in the conclusion," Bieber said.
The Indians hit three home runs, all with two outs, to complete a win at the all-Ohio series.
Roberto Perez struck a three-run homer away Wade Miley (2-1) within the center-field wall using two in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead.
Jose Ramirez established a solo drive to the top deck at the first. Jordan Luplow needed a two-run homer in the seventh.
Tyler Naquin homered away Bieber from the eighth.
"We had some good at bats against [Bieber], however he got out of trouble by producing very good pitches," Reds left fielder Jesse Winker explained. "My final at-bat against him [from the seventh inning], he left a few incredible pitches.
"He is a Cy Young winner for certain."
Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas missed his third consecutive game with a non-COVID disease. Kyle Farmer began in his position. OF Shogo Akiyama (hamstring) is back with the group, but he's likely to play until at least May.