Toronto at Cleveland

Cabrera tallies four hits as Blue Jays edge Indians wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Sergio Santos wasn't as wild. He was just as worrisome.

Santos retired Michael Brantley on a hard grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to close out Toronto's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored Toronto's go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single before the Blue Jays withstood a shaky ninth by Santos, who bounced back from an awful outing in Minnesota on Thursday.

"It got a little hairy there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But the bottom line is he got it done."

On Thursday, Santos threw three wild pitches in the eighth, allowing three runs to score, and he and two Blue Jays relievers combined for eight walks in the inning as the Twins rallied to beat Toronto 9-5 and sweep a doubleheader.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead against the Indians, Santos gave up a leadoff double to Lonnie Chisenhall and struck out Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher -- on six pitches. Santos then went to 3-2 counts before walking Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to load the bases before getting Brantley on a one-hop smash that Encarnacion knocked down before touching the bag.

"Trust me, I'd love to get a 1-2-3 with fewer pitches," Santos said. "But it's a long year and I'm trying to learn as much as I can."

Santos insisted he didn't carry Thursday's performance to the mound.

"I didn't think about that once," he said. "The second we left Minnesota, all that stuff was left there. New day. New stadium. New team. New opportunity. That's all I was looking for."

The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the seventh before Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI single off reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1), and Encarnacion delivered against Cody Allen.

Steve Delabar (1-0), also involved in the eighth-inning debacle at Minnesota, got the win in relief of starter Drew Hutchison.

Following the game, Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for shortstop Jose Reyes, who has been out since opening day with a strained hamstring.

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Indians, who have dropped six of eight.

Cabrera got his first three hits off Indians starter Justin Masterson, improving to 15 for 27 against the right-hander.

Down 2-1, the Blue Jays scored twice in the seventh to take the lead and chase Masterson.

Ryan Goins walked with one out and manager Terry Francona pulled Masterson, who allowed six hits, struck out nine and remained without a decision in four starts. Cabrera followed with a single off Rzepczynski, and Kawasaki tied it with his single.

Allen came on to face Jose Bautista, and catcher Yan Gomes' throwing error to first moved up the runners. Bautista was then walked intentionally and Encarnacion hammered his single to center, putting the Blue Jays ahead 3-2.

Gomes and Swisher had put on a play to try to pick off Kawasaki, but the throw skipped into right field.

"It's a hard one to swallow," Gomes said. "Probably right there it cost us the game."

Santana busted out of a long slump with his homer in the sixth off Hutchison to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.

Santana was in a 1-for-30 slide before he connected off Hutchison, who took a shutout into the sixth with nine strikeouts. Santana had been hitless in his previous 11 at-bats.

Hutchison cruised into the fifth before the Indians finally got to the right-hander. Jason Kipnis beat out an infield single and Santana drove a 3-2 pitch to right for his first homer since Sept. 28.

Toronto pushed across a run in the fourth off Masterson, who had escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third.

Colby Rasmus doubled off the wall in center with one out and moved to third on Masterson's wild pitch. Brett Lawrie followed with a tapper toward third that Santana charged but was unable to grab with his bare hand as Rasmus scored.

NOTES: Bautista has reached safely in all 17 games. ... Cabrera has 11 four-hit games. With a chance to get his fifth hit, he grounded out in the ninth. ... In addition to the Reyes move, the Blue Jays placed DH Adam Lind on the DL with a sore back. Toronto also purchased the contract of 1B Juan Francisco from Buffalo. They moved INF Macier Izturis (knee) to the 60-day disabled list. ... Hutchison's nine strikeouts matched a career high.

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Toronto Blue Jays
Melky Cabrera, LF5140000 .333
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B3011113 .250
   Jonathan Diaz, SS0000000 .192
Jose Bautista, DH3000223 .255
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4011025 .246
Dioner Navarro, C4000001 .237
Colby Rasmus, CF4110010 .224
Brett Lawrie, 3B4011020 .138
Moises Sierra, RF4000031 .091
Ryan Goins, SS-2B3110111 .143
Drew Hutchison, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Neil Wagner, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
2B - Colby Rasmus (5, Masterson)
SH - Munenori Kawasaki (1)
RBI - Munenori Kawasaki (1), Edwin Encarnacion (5), Brett Lawrie (11)
Team LOB - 9
Toronto Blue Jays
Drew Hutchison 5.1822091 3.60
Steve Delabar (W,1-0) 0.2000110 5.68
Brett Cecil (H,6) 1100120 0.00
Neil Wagner (H,4) 1000000 1.50
Sergio Santos (S,5) 1100220 7.11
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 100-67, Steve Delabar 11-5, Brett Cecil 14-9, Neil Wagner 10-6, Sergio Santos 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 3-4, Brett Cecil 1-0, Sergio Santos 1-0
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 24, Steve Delabar 3, Brett Cecil 5, Neil Wagner 3, Sergio Santos 6
Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn, CF5000031 .077
Nick Swisher, 1B4020121 .185
Jason Kipnis, 2B4130101 .250
Carlos Santana, 3B4112115 .164
Michael Brantley, LF5010005 .279
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010021 .220
David Murphy, RF3010110 .283
Yan Gomes, C4000024 .245
Lonnie Chisenhall, DH4010032 .481
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
2B - Lonnie Chisenhall (5, Santos)
3B - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Hutchison)
HR - Carlos Santana (1, Hutchison)
RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (3)
SB - Michael Brantley (2, 2nd base off Hutchison/Navarro)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Gomes-Swisher
E - Yan Gomes (5, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson 6.1622290 4.98
Marc Rzepczynski (L,0-1; BS,1) 0211000 1.35
Cody Allen 0.2100100 0.00
Scott Atchison 1000020 1.08
Josh Outman 0.2000110 1.50
Chen-Chang Lee 0.1000000 2.70
IBB - J. Bautista by Cody Allen
WP - Justin Masterson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 93-68, Marc Rzepczynski 6-4, Cody Allen 15-6, Scott Atchison 12-8, Josh Outman 12-7, Chen-Chang Lee 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-3, Cody Allen 1-0, Scott Atchison 1-0, Josh Outman 1-0, Chen-Chang Lee 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Cody Allen 3, Scott Atchison 3, Josh Outman 3, Chen-Chang Lee 1
Game Information
Attendance - 16335
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor