In this season in general and in the 17 games since the All-Star break in particular, the Reds have found many different ways to lose games.

But Monday's 7-1 loss to the Indians was different, at least for Reds manager Bryan Price.

"What was disappointing and unacceptable tonight was that we didn't have our head in the game at all, especially in the first five innings," Price said afterward. "We had two guys who didn't remember how many outs there were, we had a pitcher that didn't cover first base on a ground ball to the right side. We had five base runners in the first three innings, and with that three-run homer, it seemed like the game was over.

"We did rally a bit and come to life a bit in the last couple of innings offensively and with a little bit of energy in the dugout, but it was unacceptable. We haven't done that much this year, but what happened tonight was unacceptable from an effort and mental perspective, it's not the way we play, it's not the way we'll play again. But we need a lot better than that."