Toronto at Cleveland

W: T. Sipp (4-1) L: L. Perez (1-2)
HR: TOR - J. Bautista (29)   CLE - T. Hafner (8)

Indians 5, Blue Jays 4 wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner took a mighty swing, let out a yell, then tossed his bat and admired his towering shot deep into the right-field seats for a walkoff grand slam.

The blast capped Cleveland's five-run rally in the ninth inning that gave the Indians a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

"It's awesome, there's nothing like it." Hafner said of the feeling he had. "It's the most fun you can have on a baseball field."

Hafner hit the first pitch from Luis Perez (1-2) for Cleveland's second walkoff slam of the season. Carlos Santana also did it to beat Detroit 9-5 on April 29.

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"That's as hard as I can hit it," Hafner said of his 12th career slam that made a winner of Tony Sipp (4-1), who yielded Jose Bautista's 29th homer in the eighth to give Toronto what seemed like a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Cleveland rallied for its 20th comeback win and did it without third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. He left after being hit with a pitch on his right cheekbone in the second inning by Toronto starter Carlos Villanueva. The team announced that the rookie suffered a facial contusion and will be examined further Friday.

The Indians loaded the bases on a single, double and walk against Frank Francisco, who didn't get an out. The reliever went off on reporters following the loss. He asked them if they wanted to talk and when they began to approach his locker, he unleashed a string of profanities and walked away.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell was more politely succinct.

"That's a gut-wrenching loss," Farrell said.

Left-hander Perez replaced Francisco and struck out Michael Brantley before Asdrubal Cabrera lined an RBI single to left to make it 4-1.

That brought up Hafner, who earlier this year hit a three-run walkoff to beat Seattle 5-4 on May 13.

This time, Cleveland's designated hitter delivered the Indians' first walkoff slam when trailing by exactly three runs in 38 years -- since Ron Lolich did it on April 22, 1973.

"That was an amazing comeback," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Before that, it was eight of the most boring innings all season. I thought it would be a wasted night."

Hafner said Brantley gave him a scouting report on Perez.

"He said [Perez's] fastball had a lot of sink, so I was looking for something up," Hafner said. "I wanted to try and do it early."

Brantley's strikeout made lefty hitters only 11 of 57 (.193) against Perez this year before Hafner unloaded.

Toronto scored three runs in four innings off Zach McAllister, making his major league debut.

Meanwhile, Villanueva allowed six hits in his ninth start since being moved into the Blue Jays' rotation on May 23. He was looking to improve to 5-1 as a starter after going 8-0 in his final 84 relief appearances since a loss on Aug. 17, 2009.

"He clearly did his job," Farrell said. "Unfortunately, things came apart in the ninth."

The right-hander struck out seven and walked two. Both walks came in the first inning, when Villanueva got out of a bases-loaded jam by getting Orlando Cabrera on a routine fly ball to right field.

Nine of the Blue Jays' 11 hits came from the bottom five hitters in their order as Toronto lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the second. Aaron Hill walked, stole second and continued to third when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera mishandled the throw for an error. Travis Snider singled home Hill.

J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis got RBI singles in the fourth to make it 3-0. Arencibia's hit snapped an 0 for 18 streak for the Toronto catcher.

McAllister left the bases loaded by getting Bautista to hit into an inning-ending forceout. Asdrubal Cabrera deftly turned Bautista's hard-hit ball into an out by making a sliding backhand stop in the hole at short and flipping to second for the out.

In the bottom half, Bautista, playing third base for only the 10th time this year, made a diving stop behind the bag of a smash hit by Matt LaPorta. He got to his feet and threw from the outfield grass to first for the out.


  • Before the ninth, Cleveland went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left nine stranded.
  • The Indians sent INF Cord Phelps to Triple-A Columbus to make room for McAllister. INFs Jason Donald or Luis Valbuena could be recalled later this week and McAllister sent back, since Cleveland will not need a fifth starter until July 18 due to the All-Star break.
  • Toronto INF Jayson Nix cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • Jays RHP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab outing for Class A Dunedin on Wednesday. He's been on the disabled list all season.
  • Toronto manager John Farrell said there is no timetable for the return of RHP Kyle Drabek, 4-5 with a 5.70 ERA when sent to Las Vegas on June 14. Drabek is 1-1 with a 7.02 ERA in four starts at Triple-A.
  • Veteran 1B Nick Johnson, rehabbing from winter wrist surgery at Columbus, was put on the Clippers' DL when he aggravated the wrist. Cleveland signed him in March.
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The Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall gets help off the field after taking a pitch to the face from Toronto's Carlos Villanueva. (Getty Images)
The Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall gets help off the field after taking a pitch to the face from Toronto's Carlos Villanueva. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

T. Hafner
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

A. Hill
AB 4
R 2
H 2
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Toronto Blue Jays
Yunel Escobar, SS3000214 .294
Eric Thames, RF5000024 .289
Jose Bautista, 3B4111103 .333
Adam Lind, 1B5010031 .302
Aaron Hill, 2B4220101 .245
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5030012 .248
Travis Snider, LF4111023 .212
J.P. Arencibia, C4021011 .217
Rajai Davis, CF4011002 .235
HR - Jose Bautista (29, Sipp)
RBI - Jose Bautista (61), Travis Snider (15), J.P. Arencibia (37), Rajai Davis (19)
SB - Aaron Hill (11, 3rd base off McAllister/Santana)
CS - Aaron Hill (1, 2nd base by R. Perez/Santana)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Hill-Escobar-Lind, Escobar-Hill-Lind
Toronto Blue Jays
Carlos Villanueva 6600270 2.99
Marc Rzepczynski (H,10) 1.1000210 3.00
Jason Frasor (H,8) 0.2000000 3.34
Frank Francisco0233100 5.92
Luis Perez (BS,2; L,1-2) 0.1222011 3.94
HBP - Chisenhall (by Carlos Villanueva)
WP - Carlos Villanueva (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 110-70, Marc Rzepczynski 20-8, Jason Frasor 5-3, Frank Francisco 11-6, Luis Perez 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 3-8, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 27, Marc Rzepczynski 5, Jason Frasor 1, Frank Francisco 3, Luis Perez 3
Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, LF5020024 .265
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4111113 .291
Travis Hafner, DH5134002 .347
Carlos Santana, C2010211 .227
Grady Sizemore, CF3000124 .223
Orlando Cabrera, 2B4000007 .255
Travis Buck, RF4110020 .252
Matt LaPorta, 1B4110010 .248
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B0000000 .267
    Jack Hannahan, PR-3B2110100 .216
2B - Matt LaPorta (11, Francisco)
3B - Jack Hannahan (1, Villanueva)
HR - Travis Hafner (8, Perez)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (50), Travis Hafner 4 (35)
SB - Michael Brantley (12, 2nd base off Villanueva/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 9
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (7, Missed catch of throw), Zach McAllister (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Zach McAllister 4532340 4.50
Rafael Perez 2200120 1.51
Chad Durbin 1000000 6.81
Frank Herrmann 0.2200010 4.00
Joe Smith 0.1000010 0.91
Tony Sipp (W,4-1) 1211021 2.80
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 94-56, Rafael Perez 36-23, Chad Durbin 10-6, Frank Herrmann 14-12, Joe Smith 7-5, Tony Sipp 25-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 4-5, Rafael Perez 1-2, Chad Durbin 3-0
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 21, Rafael Perez 8, Chad Durbin 3, Frank Herrmann 4, Joe Smith 1, Tony Sipp 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18816
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Doug Eddings