Toronto at Cleveland

W: A. Fultz (3-0) L: J. Frasor (1-1)
S: J. Borowski (10)
HR: TOR - T. Glaus (5)   CLE - None

Indians rally past Jays, complete three-game sweep

CBS wire reports

CLEVELAND -- With all the adversity the Cleveland Indians have faced this season, a four-run deficit in the third inning wasn't a big deal.

"We've had to battle through a lot of things already, but we've hung in there," Grady Sizemore said after his tiebreaking double in the eighth inning helped the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Thursday night and complete a three-game sweep.

"This team doesn't get down on itself," Sizemore said. "We keep fighting."

Victor Martinez had four hits for Cleveland, which fell behind in Cliff Lee's first start of the season but came back for its 10th win in 11 games following a 7-7 start.

"We never think we're out of a game," Martinez said. "We always think we can come back and win."

Mike Rouse, who had been 1-for-19 this season, singled with two outs in the eighth against Jason Frasor (1-1). Josh Barfield singled Rouse to third and Sizemore hit a 3-2 pitch to right-center.

"I got ahead in the count, which helped because he had to stay around the plate," Sizemore said. "I was looking for something I could drive and I hit it up the gap."

Sizemore's drive bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.

"I tried to sneak in a pitch and he got into it," Frasor said.

Aaron Fultz (3-0) pitched the eighth, and Joe Borowski finished for his 10th save in 11 chances.

It was a tough series for the Blue Jays. Toronto hit three home runs off Indians ace C.C. Sabathia in the first inning of the opener, but dropped a 12-4 decision. The Indians won Wednesday night's game 7-6 in 12 innings.

"It's good to get out of town, I'll tell you that," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Barfield was thrown out at the plate in the fourth when he ran standing up into catcher Jason Phillips, triggering players from dugouts and bullpens to run onto the field. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected.

Lee, sidelined since early in spring training because of a pulled abdominal muscle, was activated before the game and allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings. He struck out four, walked one and threw 97 pitches.

"I don't think I'm ever happy giving up five runs in six innings, but we won," he said. "That's the main thing."

Toronto's Dustin McGowan, starting because Gustavo Chacin went on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in five innings in his first start of the season.

Phillips' RBI double and Matt Stairs' run-scoring grounder put Toronto ahead in the second, and Troy Glaus' two-run homer made it 4-0 in the third.

Cleveland pulled within a run in the bottom half on RBI singles from Barfield and Martinez around a run-scoring wild pitch.

"We had a lot of big hits," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "A lot of guys stepped up and had good at-bats. That's been a big key for us."

Barfield tried to score from first base with two outs in the fourth when center fielder Alex Rios dropped Sizemore's sinking line drive for an error. David Dellucci, the Indians' on-deck hitter, and players ran onto the field after that. A fan seated behind home plate also ran on the field and he raced toward center field. He took his shirt off, attempted a back flip, went prone on the field and put his hands behind his back before being arrested.

"It was kind of an awkward play, but it wasn't a cheap shot," Barfield said. "I ran into him, but it was just a baseball play."

"I got excited," Phillips said. "I hadn't been run over in a while. Dellucci was sticking up for his teammate."

After Phillips doubled in the sixth, he and Barfield talked about the play.

"He was yelling after I ran into him, but he said he wasn't yelling at me," Barfield said. "It's over with. We'll put it behind us."

Martinez tied the game with another RBI single in the fifth, and Ryan Garko put the Indians ahead 5-4 when he drove in a run with his first career triple. Phillips' RBI double retied it in the sixth.


  • Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells missed Thursday's game because of flu.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, who left Wednesday's game with a strained left abdominal muscle, will likely be placed on the DL in the next day or two.
  • 3B Casey Blake, hitless in his last nine at-bats, didn't play.
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Cleveland's Victor Martinez contributes with four hits while Joe Borowski picks up his 10th save.  (AP)
Cleveland's Victor Martinez contributes with four hits while Joe Borowski picks up his 10th save. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Martinez
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Adam Lind, LF5000010 .242
Frank Thomas, DH3120110 .269
Troy Glaus, 3B4122002 .378
Alex Rios, CF4110002 .263
Lyle Overbay, 1B3220100 .235
Jason Phillips, C4022011 .310
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John McDonald, SS3000011 .354
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2B - Frank Thomas (5, Lee), Alex Rios (7, Lee), Lyle Overbay (8, Lee), Jason Phillips 2 (3, Lee, Lee)
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RBI - Troy Glaus 2 (13), Jason Phillips 2 (4), Matt Stairs (2)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay
E - Dustin McGowan (1, Missed catch of throw), Alex Rios (2, Dropped fly)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan 5655540 9.00
Shaun Marcum 2100020 7.07
Jason Frasor (L,1-1) 0.2311000 6.39
Scott Downs 0.1000000 0.00
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WP - Dustin McGowan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 103-57, Shaun Marcum 23-17, Jason Frasor 20-11, Scott Downs 5-3
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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5011003 .247
David Dellucci, LF4110022 .274
   a- Jason Michaels, PH-LF1000002 .227
Travis Hafner, DH3000101 .326
Victor Martinez, C4142000 .333
Trot Nixon, RF3000113 .284
Ryan Garko, 1B4011004 .284
Jhonny Peralta, SS3100111 .253
Mike Rouse, 3B3210120 .100
Josh Barfield, 2B3121100 .198
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3B - Ryan Garko (1, McGowan)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (12), Victor Martinez 2 (21), Ryan Garko (8), Josh Barfield (10)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (8), Victor Martinez (8), Ryan Garko (1)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Rouse-Barfield-Garko
E - Jhonny Peralta (5, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee 6955141 7.50
Roberto Hernandez 1000100 4.76
Aaron Fultz (W,3-0) 1000010 2.79
Joe Borowski (S,10) 1000020 7.62
WP - Roberto Hernandez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 97-66, Roberto Hernandez 13-8, Aaron Fultz 11-8, Joe Borowski 14-9
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Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 28, Roberto Hernandez 4, Aaron Fultz 3, Joe Borowski 3
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Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Sam Holbrook