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CLEVELAND -- Manny Acta endured plenty of losses with the Washington Nationals. His time with the Cleveland Indians hasn't been much better.
The Indians were one out away Wednesday from ending a losing streak and salvaging a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Then his backup shortstop made an error and his closer left a fastball out over the plate.
When Adam Lind's ninth inning two-run homer landed in the bleachers in left, the Blue Jays had a 5-4 victory and the Indians were dealt another stinging loss. But it wasn't the worst of Acta's career.
"I guess you don't know my track record," Acta said. "I've had some tough ones."
Wednesday's loss will make the list.
Tribe closer Chris Perez (0-2), trying to get five outs for his first save since April 18, retired the first two hitters in the ninth. Following a Fred Lewis double, his third hit of the game, Aaron Hill hit a slow roller to short that trickled between the legs of Luis Valbuena.
Lind's blast on a 1-2 pitch followed and Toronto had a four-game winning streak and its first three-game sweep in Cleveland since Sept. 9-11, 2002.
"It's a routine groundball, I don't have an excuse for that," Valbuena said. "If I make a play, the game is over. Now we lose."
Valbuena, the team's regular second baseman, has played short the past two days while Asdrubal Cabrera rests a strained left quadriceps muscle. He regularly takes grounders at short, though, and Acta wouldn't use the new position as an excuse.
"A groundball is a groundball," he said. "He played enough shortstop here last year, he just made an error at the wrong time. You feel bad for the kid, but we win as a team and we lose as a team."
Valbuena was scuffling at the plate, too, hitting .167 at the start of the day. He delivered an RBI double in the eighth to put the Indians ahead 4-2 with their closer already on the mound.
"I'm totally to blame for this," Perez said. "It's easy to blame it on Luis, but he didn't make those pitches."
Lind ended an 0-for-19 skid with a single in the fourth before his big blow in the ninth. It was Toronto's league-leading 43rd home run and fifth of the series.
Lind was so desperate for a hit that he recently cut his hair short to try and break his slump.
"A few people aren't too thrilled about that, like fiancees," he said. "But you've got to get your knocks."
The Indians have already endured plenty this year. They are 1-5 on this current homestand and have dropped five consecutive series. Cleveland is 5-1 against the Chicago White Sox and 5-16 against everyone else.
"Tough series, tough homestand so far," Acta said. "Nothing is more discouraging in this game than battling so hard for 8 2/3 innings and then not winning."
Travis Hafner homered and scored twice, but his solo shot in the fourth was only his third of the season and first since April 20. Seven everyday players, including Hafner and former All-Star Grady Sizemore, are batting .220 or worse. Top prospect Matt LaPorta has no home runs and one RBI.
Competing against the Cavaliers, the NBA's best team which plays across the street, hasn't helped. The Indians have the lowest attendance total in all of baseball and began the day as the only team to draw less than 160,000 fans this season. The next closest team is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have drawn more than 179,000.
Half of Cleveland's first 12 home games have failed to bring even 11,000 fans.
"We know what we've signed up for," Acta said. "It's a long season. These guys are going to come around and we're going to play better."
|Adam Lind (right) celebrates with Aaron Hill after his two-run HR, which comes in the ninth with two outs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Fred Lewis, LF||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||2||5||.220|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||1||2||2||1||0||3||.252|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.318|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.184|
|Mike McCoy, PR-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.235|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.278|
|Jose Bautista, 3B-1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.222|
|Travis Snider, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.195|
|Jose Molina, C||2||0||1||1||1||0||0||.208|
|a- John Buck, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|a-grounded out for Molina in the 9th|
|2B - Fred Lewis 2 (7, Sipp, Perez), Alex Gonzalez (12, Carmona)|
|3B - Jose Bautista (1, Carmona)|
|HR - Adam Lind (5, Perez)|
|RBI - Adam Lind 2 (16), Travis Snider (8), Jose Molina (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind 2 (11), Jose Molina (3)|
|SB - Vernon Wells (2, 2nd base off Perez/Marson)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Hill-A. Gonzalez-Overbay|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jason Frasor (W,1-1)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||7.36|
|HBP - Hafner (by Brandon Morrow)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 100-63, Shawn Camp 2-1, Rommie Lewis 30-20, Jason Frasor 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 3-4, Shawn Camp 1-0, Jason Frasor 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 27, Shawn Camp 1, Rommie Lewis 7, Jason Frasor 5|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||0||3||.229|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.220|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.307|
|Jhonny Peralta, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.216|
|Travis Hafner, DH||3||2||1||1||0||1||2||.213|
|Russell Branyan, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||3||0||.212|
|Matt LaPorta, LF||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.214|
|Austin Kearns, LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.343|
|Luis Valbuena, SS||3||0||1||1||1||2||3||.175|
|Mike Redmond, C||2||1||1||1||1||1||2||.250|
|Lou Marson, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.211|
|2B - Grady Sizemore (6, Morrow), Shin-Soo Choo (5, Frasor), Luis Valbuena (3, R. Lewis)|
|HR - Travis Hafner (3, Morrow)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore (12), Travis Hafner (8), Luis Valbuena (8), Mike Redmond (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Valbuena (8)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Branyan-Valbuena, Grudzielanek-Valbuena-Branyan, Branyan-Valbuena|
|E - Luis Valbuena 2 (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tony Sipp (H,3)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||2.53|
|Chris Perez (BS,2; L,0-2)||1.2||2||3||0||0||2||1||2.89|
|Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 96-56, Tony Sipp 15-12, Chris Perez 29-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 9-5, Tony Sipp 1-1, Chris Perez 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 27, Tony Sipp 5, Chris Perez 9|
|Attendance - 12563|
|Game Time - 3:02|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tom Hallion|