Cleveland at Toronto

W: R. Dickey (4-3) L: J. Masterson (2-2) S: C. Janssen (1)
HR: CLE - None   TOR - J. Francisco (6)

Dickey, Francisco lead Blue Jays over Indians wire reports

TORONTO -- After throwing pitches into the seventh inning, R.A. Dickey hailed Melky Cabrera for his one perfect toss.

Dickey won for the third time in four starts, Juan Francisco homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Cabrera made a one-hop throw from left field to get Carlos Santana at the plate to end the eighth inning, preserving Toronto's one-run lead.

''That was just heroic, is what that was,'' a grateful Dickey said. ''It saved the game.''

Catcher Josh Thole said Cabrera's throw was ''right on the money.''

''It was down the third base line so it made it easier for me,'' Thole said. ''Had it been anywhere else it would have been a bit of a tougher play. Melky knows that and he's just that good of a player to be able to do that.''

Santana said he had to alter his slide because Yan Gomes' bat was on the ground, just outside the batter's box.

''Melky made a great throw and the bat was in the middle,'' Santana said. ''I tried to go inside.''

Dickey (4-3) allowed two earned runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six.

''I had some good changeups tonight, a swing-and-miss knuckleball,'' Dickey said.

Casey Janssen, activated off the disabled list Sunday, finished for his first save.

''It's definitely good to have him back,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Justin Masterson (2-2) matched a season high by allowing five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Dickey set down the first eight batters before the Indians opened the scoring in the third. Mike Aviles singled, Michael Bourn walked and Nick Swisher hit an RBI single that dropped just in front of a charging Jose Bautista in right.

Gibbons came out to argue the call by first base umpire Jerry Meals that Bautista had trapped the ball, but didn't challenge it.

Masterson was perfect through three innings before giving a leadoff triple to Jose Reyes in the fourth. Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center.

Francisco put the Blue Jays in front with a one-out homer in the fifth, a drive into the second deck.

Toronto chased Masterson and added three more runs in the sixth. Adam Lind hit a two-run double and scored on Francisco's double.

''He got a couple of balls up that they stayed on pretty well,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Josh Outman came on after Masterson walked Brett Lawrie but got out of it by retiring Josh Thole on a grounder and striking out Kevin Pillar.

Cleveland closed to within one with a three-run seventh. Asdrubal Cabrera singled, David Murphy reached on a fielding error by Lawrie at second base and Yan Gomes walked to load the bases before Dickey hit Lonnie Chisenhall with the first pitch.

Aaron Loup relieved and got Aviles to fly out, but Bourn hit an RBI single and Swisher added a sacrifice fly. Michael Brantley lined out to end the inning.

''We just couldn't get one big hit,'' Francona said.

Santana singled off Brett Cecil to begin the eighth and advanced on a passed ball. Asdrubal Cabrera and Murphy struck out before Gomes lined a single to left, setting the stage for Cabrera's inning-ending assist.


Francona has been added to John Farrell's staff for the All-Star game. Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire will also assist Farrell. ... Bautista was called out on strikes after his request for time was not granted by plate umpire Jordan Baker in the seventh. Bautista backed out as John Axford threw a strike. ... Reyes returned to the lineup after getting the day off Monday. ... Toronto OF Colby Rasmus, who left Monday's game after six innings with a tight right hamstring, did not start. Gibbons said he hopes Rasmus will be ready to return after two days off. ... The Blue Jays recalled Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned INF Jonathan Diaz to Triple-A. ... Toronto has hit at least one homer in 17 of 19 home games this season. ... Cleveland has lost nine of 11 on the road. ... Indians RH Corey Kluber (3-3) faces Blue Jays RH Dustin McGowan (2-1) on Wednesday.

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Juan Francisco watches after hitting a home run during the fifth inning in the win over the Indians. (USATSI)
Juan Francisco watches after hitting a home run during the fifth inning in the win over the Indians. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Francisco
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn, CF4021110 .256
Nick Swisher, 1B4012011 .204
Michael Brantley, LF4000014 .278
Carlos Santana, 3B4010020 .152
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4110011 .246
David Murphy, RF4110011 .243
Yan Gomes, C3110112 .265
Lonnie Chisenhall, DH3001010 .325
Mike Aviles, 2B4110003 .309
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
SF - Nick Swisher (3)
RBI - Michael Bourn (8), Nick Swisher 2 (15), Lonnie Chisenhall (3)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (2)
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson (L,2-2) 5.1655341 4.31
Josh Outman 0.2000010 3.48
John Axford 1000010 4.60
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2000110 2.51
Chen-Chang Lee 0.1000000 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 76-47, Josh Outman 7-6, John Axford 10-8, Marc Rzepczynski 19-10, Chen-Chang Lee 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 9-3, Josh Outman 1-0, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 25, Josh Outman 2, John Axford 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Chen-Chang Lee 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS4110012 .215
Melky Cabrera, LF2101100 .329
Jose Bautista, RF4110010 .299
Adam Lind, DH3112000 .308
   a-Dioner Navarro, PH-DH1000010 .276
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4000021 .245
Juan Francisco, 3B3122100 .293
   Steve Tolleson, PR-2B0000000 .318
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B3010101 .234
Josh Thole, C2000100 .375
Kevin Pillar, CF3000024 .000
R.A. Dickey, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Lind in the 8th
2B - Adam Lind (5, Masterson), Juan Francisco (3, Masterson)
3B - Jose Reyes (1, Masterson)
HR - Juan Francisco (6, Masterson)
SF - Melky Cabrera (1)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (17), Adam Lind 2 (11), Juan Francisco 2 (16)
SB - Steve Tolleson (1, 2nd base off Lee/Gomes)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
E - Brett Lawrie (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Josh Thole (3)
Toronto Blue Jays
R.A. Dickey (W,4-3) 6442260 4.53
Aaron Loup (H,5) 1100000 3.93
Brett Cecil (H,9) 1200020 4.58
Casey Janssen (S,1) 1100010 0.00
HBP - Chisenhall (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 102-68, Aaron Loup 13-8, Brett Cecil 17-9, Casey Janssen 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 6-7, Casey Janssen 1-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 26, Aaron Loup 4, Brett Cecil 4, Casey Janssen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13673
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chris Conroy