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Reynolds' 11th-inning home run helps Indians top Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Mark Reynolds made his first hit of the new season a winner.

Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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"I'm just happy I got my first hit," said Reynolds, who was 0 for 7 with three strikeouts before his big blast. "I didn't care if it was a go-ahead homer or not."

Reynolds drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck off Sergio Santos (0-1), the fifth Blue Jays reliever.

"He's going to miss sometimes, but when he does that, it's a game changer and it was tonight," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Reynolds, who set a major league record with 223 strikeouts in 2009.

The drive helped the Indians overcome a blown save by Chris Perez, who surrendered a tying shot by Jose Bautista in the ninth but was happy to see Reynolds bail him out.

"That was a big hit for us," Perez said of Reynolds' homer. "He crushed it."

The overhauled Blue Jays lost their second straight to begin the season. Toronto's offense has just three runs and nine hits in two games.

"This team's built to score runs," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We haven't done that yet. But we're going to hit."

Toronto dropped its first two games of the season for the first time since an 0-3 start in 2004, but Bautista denied that high expectations were causing the Blue Jays to press.

"No," he said. "That's a big N-O. Both capital letters."

Cleveland's Michael Brantley went 4 for 5 with an RBI, the fifth four-hit game of his career.

Matt Albers (1-0) got one out for the win, and Joe Smith finished for his first save.

The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the eighth against reliever Darren Oliver. Nick Swisher led off with a walk and moved to second on Brantley's fourth single. Carlos Santana hit a grounder to third, where Swisher was forced out, but Maicer Izturis' throw to first sailed wide, allowing Brantley to score.

Bautista tied it with a one-out shot to left off Perez in the ninth. Bautista had gone hitless in his first three at-bats, grounding into a pair of inning-ending double plays.

After Bautista swung and missed a first-pitch slider, Perez tried to sneak a fastball past the Blue Jays slugger.

"I had good movement on it," Perez said. "It just caught too much of the plate."

Edwin Encarnacion followed with a walk, but Perez sent it to extra innings by getting Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia to fly out.

The Indians opened the scoring in the third. Michael Bourn led off with a double just beyond the reach of Izturis at third. Two outs later, Swisher walked and Brantley followed with an RBI single between third and short.

Izturis tied it in the bottom half with a leadoff drive to right, his first, and Toronto's first homer of the new season.

Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who lost a career-high 17 games last season and ended the year with nine straight road losses, looked sharp in his season debut.

"I thought he was outstanding," Francona said. "His secondary stuff, his direction to the plate was down. His offspeed, especially his changeup, was really good."

Jimenez allowed one run and three hits in six innings, walked two and struck out six.

"I felt really good," Jimenez said. "That's a tough lineup. They have everything. They can run, they can hit for power."

Brantley and Santana hit consecutive singles in the sixth, but Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow ended his outing by getting Reynolds to ground into a double play.

Morrow allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

Notes

  • Indians LHP Scott Kazmir will miss his first scheduled start of the season, Saturday at Tampa Bay, because of a sore abdominal muscle on his right side. Kazmir will return to Cleveland for tests and rejoin the team before Friday's game against the Rays.
  • The Indians claimed right-hander Robert Whitenack on waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Double-A Akron. Cleveland also transferred RHP Frank Herrmann (right elbow) to the 60-day DL.
  • Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said backup Henry Blanco will "probably" catch the next start by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Arencibia had three passed balls in Dickey's debut Tuesday.
  • Attendance was 24,619, about half the size of Tuesday's opening night crowd of 48,857.
  • Cleveland 2B Jason Kipnis celebrated his 26th birthday.
 
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Mark Reynolds watches his solo homer off Toronto pitcher Sergio Santos during the 11th inning. (AP)
Mark Reynolds watches his solo homer off Toronto pitcher Sergio Santos during the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5110110 .300
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000103 .125
Jason Kipnis, 2B5000024 .000
Nick Swisher, 1B3010201 .143
Michael Brantley, LF5141001 .714
Carlos Santana, C5020013 .375
Mark Reynolds, DH5111024 .125
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B5000033 .111
Drew Stubbs, RF5010022 .222
Totals423102411  
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (1, Morrow)
HR - Mark Reynolds (1, Santos)
RBI - Michael Brantley (1), Mark Reynolds (1)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley (1)
SB - Drew Stubbs (1, 2nd base off Delabar/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Swisher, Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Swisher
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 6311261 1.50
Bryan Shaw 1100000 0.00
Vinnie Pestano (H,2) 1000010 0.00
Chris Perez (BS,1) 1111111 4.50
Rich Hill 0.2000110 0.00
Matt Albers (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
Joe Smith (S,1) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 103-64, Bryan Shaw 17-11, Vinnie Pestano 15-10, Chris Perez 20-11, Rich Hill 15-8, Matt Albers 2-1, Joe Smith 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 6-4, Vinnie Pestano 1-1, Matt Albers 1-0, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 21, Bryan Shaw 4, Vinnie Pestano 3, Chris Perez 5, Rich Hill 3, Matt Albers 1, Joe Smith 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5010021 .125
Melky Cabrera, LF5010021 .222
Jose Bautista, RF5111002 .250
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4010110 .167
Adam Lind, DH3000102 .000
J.P. Arencibia, C3000113 .143
Colby Rasmus, CF4000012 .000
Maicer Izturis, 3B3111000 .167
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH-3B0000100 .000
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4000031 .143
Totals36252410  
a-walked for Izturis in the 10th
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (1, Perez), Maicer Izturis (1, Jimenez)
RBI - Jose Bautista (1), Maicer Izturis (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Morrow-Bonifacio-Encarnacion
E - Maicer Izturis (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Morrow 6611280 1.50
Steve Delabar 1100110 0.00
Darren Oliver 1110100 0.00
Esmil Rogers 1000000 0.00
Casey Janssen 1100010 0.00
Sergio Santos (L,0-1) 1111011 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 100-62, Steve Delabar 26-17, Darren Oliver 14-10, Esmil Rogers 11-7, Casey Janssen 15-10, Sergio Santos 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 3-6, Steve Delabar 1-1, Darren Oliver 1-2, Esmil Rogers 1-2, Casey Janssen 2-0, Sergio Santos 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 25, Steve Delabar 5, Darren Oliver 5, Esmil Rogers 3, Casey Janssen 4, Sergio Santos 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24619
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Jeff Nelson