Toronto at Cleveland

W: U. Jimenez (7-4) L: J. Johnson (1-4) S: C. Perez (10)
HR: TOR - None   CLE - None

Indians 3, Blue Jays 0 wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Coming off a tough series against the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians needed a boost.

That's exactly what they got in Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Toronto.

Ubaldo Jimenez and three relievers combined on a shutout while the offense made the most of four hits to help the Indians rebound from losing three of four to the Tigers, who came into town and widened their lead in the American League Central.

"This was a nice bounce-back win," manager Terry Francona said. "We didn't do a lot offensively but we played a crisp game. Again, it starts with pitching."

Jimenez (7-4) dodged constant trouble in six innings, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez blanked Toronto over the final three innings. Perez allowed two hits in the ninth, but earned his 10th save as the Indians recorded their AL-leading 11th shutout.

Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley had RBI singles in the fourth when the Indians put together a walk and three straight singles off starter Josh Johnson (1-4), who gave up two runs in seven innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The win was also a nice bounce-back performance for Jimenez, who took a 5-0 lead into the sixth in his last start against Kansas City, but didn't retire a batter in that inning and the Indians went on to lose 10-7. When faced with trouble this time, Jimenez didn't buckle.

"Like they say in baseball, you have to forget quick," he said. "You can't be thinking about bad stuff that happened. You have to forget about that and move on."

"He pitched around some things but he never let it spiral or get out of hand," Francona said. "There was a lot of things to like."

Toronto stranded nine runners, with seven in the first five innings, and was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Maicer Izturis and Rajai Davis singled with one out in the ninth, but J.P. Arencibia struck out and pinch hitter Josh Thole lined out to shortstop.

The Blue Jays' best threat against Jimenez came in the fourth when they had runners on first and third with nobody out. Colby Rasmus started the inning with a double and took third on Izturis' single. Davis hit into a fielder's choice and stole second but Arencibia struck out and Emilio Bonifacio flied out to deep right.

Jimenez's strongest inning came in the sixth, the only time he retired the side in order. After finishing 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 2012, the right-hander has had much better results this season. He has won his last three decisions and is 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his last eight starts.

"He's done a pretty damn good job," Francona said. "He should be proud. What happened last season was difficult for him. He gives us a chance to win. We'll take that."

Johnson retired the first 10 hitters before Cabrera drew a one-out walk in the fourth. Johnson fell behind 3-0 before a foul ball and called strike ran the count full. Cabrera walked on an inside pitch before Jason Kipnis hit a hard ground ball past shortstop Jose Reyes for Cleveland's first hit.

Swisher bounced a single through the right side that scored Cabrera and moved Kipnis to third. Brantley's line single to right made it 2-0.

Johnson beat Baltimore on June 23 for his only win of the season, allowing four runs in six innings. He was sidelined from April 21 to June 9 with right triceps inflammation. Johnson won his first career start against the Indians on May 20, 2012, while pitching for Miami. Toronto has lost each of Johnson's last three starts.

The Blue Jays are 5-10 since winning 11 straight from June 11-23.

"We outhit them, but we just didn't outscore them," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "That's what hurts. We had our chances, but we just couldn't get that big hit tonight."


The start of Tuesday's game was delayed by rain for 36 minutes. ... RHP Danny Salazar will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start Thursday's game and make his major league debut for the Indians. ... Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera (left knee) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Friday, but will not be activated until after the All-Star break. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 28. ... Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (left ankle) had his rehab assignment shifted to Triple-A Buffalo after playing seven games at Single-A and Double-A. ... The Blue Jays have released C Ramon Hernandez from his contract with Buffalo. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.78 ERA) takes on Blue Jays RHP Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.84) in the second game of a three-game series Wednesday. Cleveland traded Rogers to Toronto for INF Mike Aviles and C Yan Gomes in November.

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Players of the Game

M. Izturis
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

U. Jimenez
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 4

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Game Information
Attendance - 13640
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Larry Vanover