Reds reliever Trevor Bell is the grandson of Bob Bell, who was Bozo the Clown on radio in the 1950s. Bell, trying to win a spot in the Reds' bullpen, pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Former Reds ace Aaron Harang followed Bauer on the mound for Cleveland. The 35-year-old is competing for the starting rotation after pitching for Seattle and the New York Mets last season.
"When you get out in game situations, you've got to get it done," Harang said. "I've been doing this long enough. I don't think about competing. I'm just out there building myself up for the season and leave the rest up to the manager and coaches."
The Reds and Indians share Goodyear Ballpark and play again Thursday and Friday. The Indians send Justin Masterson against Cueto on Thursday. Homer Bailey, who signed a six-year, $105 million contract last week, pitches for the Reds against Josh Tomlin on Friday.