Cleveland at Toronto

W: R. Halladay (10-3) L: C. Lee (5-5)
S: J. Accardo (11)
HR: CLE - C. Blake (13)   TOR - V. Wells (13)

Blue Jays 8, Indians 6

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays got their old leadoff hitter back Friday night. Their new one kept right on rolling.

Reed Johnson returned from an absence of nearly three months and made a diving catch in the ninth inning, and Vernon Wells homered and drove in three runs to help the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 on Friday night.

Roy Halladay improved to 5-0 against Cleveland, and Wells went 2-for-4 with an intentional walk. He's batting .354 (17-for-48) with seven homers and 15 RBI in 11 games as Toronto's leadoff batter.

"It came at the same time that I was making adjustments in my swing," said Wells, who switched to a lighter bat and opened his stance when he moved to the top of the order. "It's just coincidence it happened when I got to the 1-hole."

Johnson began the season as Toronto's leadoff hitter and starting left fielder but was placed on the disabled list April 12 with a herniated disk in his back that required surgery. Activated before the game, he left his feet to snare Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly in the ninth.

"When he hit it, I thought it was going to be an easier play than it was," Johnson said. "The ball just kept tailing away from me pretty hard. I didn't think I was going to have to dive at first, but then I just had to make sure I got it in the big part of the mitt so I had to lay out for it."

Jeremy Accardo got Travis Hafner to ground out with a runner at second to end the game.

Wells said he won't put up a fight if Johnson returns to the top of the order.

"It was good to see him back on the field today," Wells said. "Anytime he's out there, you know what kind of effort you're going to get. He's one of the best left fielders in the game. He's proven that time and time again since he's been here. It's fun playing the outfield with him."

Halladay (10-3) allowed five runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out three. He has a 3.84 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Indians, including nine starts.

"It was a grind," Halladay said. "There was always something going on to try and stop."

Scott Downs relieved Halladay in the sixth and pitched a scoreless inning before Casey Janssen took over and retired all four batters he faced. Accardo worked the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

The Blue Jays erased a 1-0 deficit with a five-run second against left-hander Cliff Lee (5-5).

Gregg Zaun singled, Curtis Thigpen reached on an error and Royce Clayton walked before John McDonald hit an RBI single. Wells followed with a two-run single, Johnson sacrificed and Alex Rios hit a two-run double down the left-field line.

"It's not acceptable for me to pitch that way," Lee said. "I can't go out there and give up five runs in the second inning. That's not doing my job."

Cleveland closed to 5-3 on a third-inning homer by Casey Blake and a fourth-inning sacrifice fly by Kelly Shoppach, but Wells made it 6-3 with a homer in the fourth.

The Indians pulled to 6-5 in the fifth thanks to an RBI grounder from Hafner and a run-scoring single by Jhonny Peralta.

Toronto got those runs back in the bottom half against reliever Fernando Cabrera. Zaun singled and scored on a pinch-hit triple by Matt Stairs. Clayton followed with an RBI double.

"That's when somebody's got to stop the bleeding," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Middle relief has been a sore spot for the Indians of late. Cabrera has allowed 17 earned runs in his past 17 appearances, testing Wedge's patience.

"We need somebody to be able to pitch when it's a tight ballgame," Wedge said. "We've got to do better than that."

Lee lost for the first time in five starts. He gave up six runs -- five earned -- and six hits over four innings, walking three and striking out none.

"I never really gave myself a chance to use my off-speed pitches," Lee said. "I was getting behind and having to throw fastballs and wasn't really locating very well."

Blake finished with two hits and two RBI.


Janssen lost his footing and cartwheeled off the mound while pitching to Ben Francisco in the eighth. A sheepish-looking Janssen recovered to strike out Francisco. ... Stairs tripled for the first time since April 13, 2005. ... The Blue Jays held a pregame ceremony to honor Frank Thomas, who became the 21st player in major league history to hit 500 home runs when he connected at Minnesota on June 28.

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V. Wells
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Grady Sizemore, CF5220002 .281
Casey Blake, 3B4232100 .277
Victor Martinez, 1B4011022 .325
Travis Hafner, DH5021001 .259
Jhonny Peralta, SS4011012 .276
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HR - Casey Blake (13, Halladay)
SF - Victor Martinez (6), Kelly Shoppach (1)
RBI - Casey Blake 2 (45), Victor Martinez (67), Travis Hafner (55), Jhonny Peralta (50), Kelly Shoppach (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (19)
SB - Grady Sizemore (24, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
E - Jhonny Peralta (14, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,5-5) 4665301 5.23
Fernando Cabrera 2422210 4.73
Thomas Mastny 2000120 4.63
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WP - Cliff Lee (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 92-56, Fernando Cabrera 38-21, Thomas Mastny 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 3-10, Fernando Cabrera 3-1, Thomas Mastny 1-3
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Toronto Blue Jays
Vernon Wells, CF4223100 .258
Reed Johnson, LF3010112 .270
Alex Rios, RF2012301 .296
Frank Thomas, DH5010005 .246
Aaron Hill, 2B4000014 .262
Gregg Zaun, C4220001 .235
Curtis Thigpen, 1B2100000 .270
   a- Matt Stairs, PH-1B2111010 .299
Royce Clayton, SS3111100 .228
John McDonald, 3B4111001 .289
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2B - Alex Rios (22, Lee), Frank Thomas (11, Cabrera), Royce Clayton (13, Cabrera)
3B - Matt Stairs (1, Cabrera)
HR - Vernon Wells (13, Lee)
SH - Reed Johnson (1)
RBI - Vernon Wells 3 (49), Alex Rios 2 (52), Matt Stairs (34), Royce Clayton (11), John McDonald (11)
CS - Alex Rios (2, 2nd base by Cabrera/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 8
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,10-3) 5.2955131 4.46
Scott Downs (H,10) 1100010 2.43
Casey Janssen (H,11) 1.1000020 2.40
Jeremy Accardo (S,11) 1111100 2.86
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Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 90-61, Scott Downs 16-9, Casey Janssen 22-14, Jeremy Accardo 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 11-3, Scott Downs 2-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-2
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Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling