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Indians' Carmona shuts down Blue Jays in doubleheader opener

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CLEVELAND -- Fausto Carmona gave Cliff Lee a tough act to follow.

Carmona pitched a five-hitter for Cleveland's second consecutive shutout over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays, a 3-0 victory in Monday's doubleheader opener.

Lee, 6-0 with a major league-leading 0.81 ERA, started the second game for the Indians, but left after nine innings of scoreless ball. The Blue Jays would win with three runs in the 10th inning.

Carmona (4-1) struck out three and walked four in his second shutout and third complete game in 47 big league starts.

"We know our starting pitching is extremely strong," said David Dellucci, whose two-out single in the sixth drove in the first run. "The way Fausto was pitching, we knew it wouldn't take a lot."

A.J. Burnett (3-4) gave up three runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays, who have been blanked in 22 consecutive innings.

Cleveland won for the fifth time in six games and extended the Blue Jays' losing streak to four. The Indians outscored Toronto 21-1 in the first three games of the series, and the Blue Jays have lost nine consecutive games in Cleveland.

Burnett allowed only one hit until Grady Sizemore doubled off the wall in right-center with one out in the sixth. Sizemore went to third on a groundout by Jamey Carroll and scored on Dellucci's single.

"That's a big two-out knock in a zero-zero ballgame," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

Travis Hafner drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with his first homer since Sept. 17.

Cleveland's defense helped Carmona. With Scott Rolen on first and one out in the fourth, Matt Stairs lined a single to right and Ben Francisco made a one-hop throw to third baseman Casey Blake to retire Rolen.

With two on and two outs in the seventh, first baseman Ryan Garko made a diving backhand stop of a sharp grounder hit by Joe Inglett, then flipped to Carmona covering for the inning-ending out.

Notes

  • Burnett dropped to 30-34 with a 4.31 ERA when starting with more than four days' rest. He's 42-36 with a 3.43 ERA when starting on normal rest.
  • Stairs had three of Toronto's hits.
  • Carmona fanned Aaron Hill three times -- Carmona's only strikeouts.
  • Burnett is 1-4 in five starts against the Indians, including 0-4 in Cleveland.
  • Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo, recovering from elbow surgery last September, is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week at Triple-A Buffalo.
 
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Fausto Carmona looks up to the sky following the final out of his five-hit, shutout victory.  (AP)
Fausto Carmona looks up to the sky following the final out of his five-hit, shutout victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

F. Carmona
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 4
K 3
Cleveland

A. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Scott Rolen, 3B3000101 .302
Matt Stairs, DH4030002 .292
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Jesse Carlson0000100 1.62
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 12-5
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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4110021 .281
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000022 .185
David Dellucci, LF4021000 .253
Victor Martinez, C3010101 .346
Ben Francisco, RF3000112 .292
Travis Hafner, DH2100200 .211
Ryan Garko, 1B4000014 .231
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3112010 .198
Casey Blake, 3B3000011 .229
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Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (7, Burnett)
HR - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Burnett)
RBI - David Dellucci (14), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - David Dellucci (7)
Team LOB - 7
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Outfield Assists - Ben Francisco 1
DP - A. Cabrera-Carroll-Garko, Carroll-A. Cabrera-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,4-1) 9500430 2.40
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 108-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 15-6
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 33
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Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez