Clevinger wins 3rd straight, Indians beat Blue Jays 7-3

TORONTO (AP) Mike Clevinger dodged a scare on his first batter of the game to turn in another strong start for the surging Cleveland Indians.

Clevinger pitched seven innings to win his third straight decision, Oscar Mercado homered and tripled, and Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Monday night to improve to 13-3 in July.

Francisco Lindor drove in a pair of runs and Jason Kipnis had two hits and scored twice for the Indians, who are a major league-best 29-11 since June 4.

Clevinger (4-2) allowed three runs and five hits, matching his longest outing of the season. He walked two and struck out seven. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four July starts.

Clevinger said he felt ''exceptionally good'' against the Blue Jays but acknowledged getting over-amped and trying to do too much at times.

''I was getting too excited where it's like, `This one might be a million miles an hour' and now I've pulled it and it's slower, and now it's a home run,'' he said. ''That's what we've got to cut back on, just kind of stay with controlled intensity.''

Two trips to the injured list limited Clevinger to four starts over the first three months of the season. He went 0-2 with a 17.05 ERA in two June starts separated by his second injured stint, but has been brilliant in July.

''After he came back from that injury, it took him about a start to get his legs under him, but he's been unbelievable ever since,'' Mercado said. ''He's such a competitor. It's fun watching him pitch.''

Clevinger got an unwelcome jolt in the first when Blue Jays leadoff batter Eric Sogard buzzed the Cleveland pitcher's head with a base hit.

''Too close for comfort,'' Clevinger said. ''It was probably faster back at me than I threw it at him. I didn't react until after it was in center.''

Tyler Clippard finished with two perfect innings. Kipnis ended the game with a spectacular leaping catch at second base on Cavan Biggio's liner into shallow right field.

Indians manager Terry Francona appreciated Kipnis' effort on the final play.

''I know it's a four-run lead, but we're trying to keep (reliever Brad) Hand out of the game,'' Francona said. ''That went a long way to doing that.''

Cleveland is 5-0 against Toronto this season.

Mercado hit an RBI triple off Justin Shafer in the sixth and led off the eighth with a homer against Sam Gaviglio, his eighth.

Making his first start of the season after being sidelined with a sore elbow, Blue Jays left-hander Ryan Borucki (0-1) allowed four runs, two earned, and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three.

''A little rusty, had a lot of adrenaline running, first day out,'' Borucki said. ''Just something to build off of for my next start. A good starting point for me.''

Cleveland opened the scoring in the second after a replay review showed Blue Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis had missed the bag on a force play at second base. Lindor made Toronto pay with a two-run single with two outs.

''We took advantage of it,'' Francona said. ''Good teams do things like that.''

Justin Smoak answered in the bottom half with a solo home run, his 16th, but the Indians got another two-out RBI in the third when Jose Ramirez doubled and scored on a base hit by Kipnis.

Cleveland's Roberto Perez hit an RBI double in the fifth but Toronto's Billy McKinney hit a two-run homer in the bottom half, his sixth, cutting the gap to 4-3.

The Indians wasted no time widening their lead again in the sixth. Mercardo's RBI triple skipped past a sliding McKinney in right, and Shafer left with a sore right elbow after loading the bases with back-to-back walks. Tim Mayza came on and gave up a sacrifice fly to Ramirez.

Shafer grimaced after throwing his final pitch and left the mound with a trainer following a brief chat with manager Charlie Montoyo.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: To open a roster spot for Borucki, the Blue Jays put RHP Trent Thornton (right elbow) on the 10-day injured list. Thornton first felt sore following a July 20 outing at Detroit. The rookie has an 11.08 ERA over his past four starts.

STARTING TO ADD UP

Borucki became the 15th pitcher to start for the Blue Jays this season, setting a team record. Toronto used 14 starters in each of the past two seasons.

KINGS OF THE ROAD

Cleveland has won seven straight road games.

SEVEN UP

Clevinger also worked seven innings against the White Sox on April 1.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (9-7, 3.67) has a career 6.57 ERA over 12 1/3 innings north of the border.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-14, 6.26) has endured 13 consecutive losing decisions since beating Oakland on April 27.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (4-2)L: R. Borucki (0-1)
  • HR: CLE - O. Mercado (8), TOR - J. Smoak (16), B. McKinney (6)
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C. Santana 1B40100113.283.405.524.9292.5
J. Luplow LF-RF30000210.265.346.506.8521.5
J. Ramirez 3B41210002.235.312.387.6997.0
J. Kipnis 2B32210202.247.306.373.6797.0
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J. Bauers DH51100002.240.311.394.7053.0
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E. Sogard DH40100000.304.367.487.8541.0
F. Galvis SS40000001.271.307.449.7570.0
L. Gurriel LF30000111.288.335.593.927-0.5
C. Biggio 2B40000022.212.344.365.709-1.0
V. Guerrero 3B30200011.251.327.403.7301.5
J. Smoak 1B21111101.215.354.418.7727.0
R. Grichuk CF30000011.229.289.408.696-0.5
D. Jansen C21000010.210.283.358.6411.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Santana (20), J. Ramirez (21), R. Perez (6), J. Bauers (13), T. Naquin (16)
    • 3B - O. Mercado (2)
    • HR - O. Mercado (8)
    • SF - J. Ramirez (5)
    • SH - F. Lindor
    • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (39), O. Mercado 2 (28), J. Ramirez (47), J. Kipnis (37), R. Perez (40)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (13), J. Kipnis (17), R. Perez (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, O. Mercado, J. Ramirez 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2), R. Perez 3 (3), J. Bauers
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Smoak (16), B. McKinney (6)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (42), B. McKinney 2 (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. McKinney 2 (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Biggio
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Gurriel (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin (9)
    • DP - 3 (Perez-Kipnis; Lindor-Kipnis-Santana; Ramirez-Lindor-Santana)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Biggio-Galvis-Smoak)
    • E - F. Galvis (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)7.05332723.611.0424.5
    T. Clippard2.00000003.310.956.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)7.0
    T. Clippard2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Borucki (L, 0-1)4.27424303.862.36-4.5
    J. Shafer0.22222002.811.69-6.0
    T. Mayza1.21000104.501.332.5
    S. Gaviglio1.02111114.751.15-0.5
    D. Law1.00000006.481.743.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Borucki (L, 0-1)4.2
    J. Shafer0.2
    T. Mayza1.2
    S. Gaviglio1.0
    D. Law1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Clevinger
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 104-63, T. Clippard 20-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-3, T. Clippard 1-5
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, T. Clippard 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 94-47, J. Shafer 20-11, T. Mayza 22-13, S. Gaviglio 24-16, D. Law 9-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 7-4, J. Shafer 1-1, T. Mayza 1-3, S. Gaviglio 1-1, D. Law 1-2
    • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 25, J. Shafer 6, T. Mayza 6, S. Gaviglio 6, D. Law 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Lindor SS40120111.292.348.505.8533.5
    O. Mercado CF42221121.297.350.488.83811.0
    C. Santana 1B40100113.283.405.524.9292.5
    J. Luplow LF-RF30000210.265.346.506.8521.5
    J. Ramirez 3B41210002.235.312.387.6997.0
    J. Kipnis 2B32210202.247.306.373.6797.0
    R. Perez C50110004.238.325.477.8013.0
    J. Bauers DH51100002.240.311.394.7053.0
    T. Naquin RF31100003.288.322.505.8273.0
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    • a-singled for Naquin in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard DH40100000.304.367.487.8541.0
    F. Galvis SS40000001.271.307.449.7570.0
    L. Gurriel LF30000111.288.335.593.927-0.5
    C. Biggio 2B40000022.212.344.365.709-1.0
    V. Guerrero 3B30200011.251.327.403.7301.5
    J. Smoak 1B21111101.215.354.418.7727.0
    R. Grichuk CF30000011.229.289.408.696-0.5
    D. Jansen C21000010.210.283.358.6411.5
    B. McKinney RF31121010.224.279.412.6916.5
    R. Borucki P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (20), J. Ramirez (21), R. Perez (6), J. Bauers (13), T. Naquin (16)
      • 3B - O. Mercado (2)
      • HR - O. Mercado (8)
      • SF - J. Ramirez (5)
      • SH - F. Lindor
      • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (39), O. Mercado 2 (28), J. Ramirez (47), J. Kipnis (37), R. Perez (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (13), J. Kipnis (17), R. Perez (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, O. Mercado, J. Ramirez 2 (2), J. Kipnis 2 (2), R. Perez 3 (3), J. Bauers
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Smoak (16), B. McKinney (6)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (42), B. McKinney 2 (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. McKinney 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Biggio
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Gurriel (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Naquin (9)
      • DP - 3 (Perez-Kipnis; Lindor-Kipnis-Santana; Ramirez-Lindor-Santana)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Biggio-Galvis-Smoak)
      • E - F. Galvis (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)7.05332723.611.0424.5
      T. Clippard2.00000003.310.956.0
      Total9.0533272---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (W, 4-2)7.0
      T. Clippard2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Borucki (L, 0-1)4.27424303.862.36-4.5
      J. Shafer0.22222002.811.69-6.0
      T. Mayza1.21000104.501.332.5
      S. Gaviglio1.02111114.751.15-0.5
      D. Law1.00000006.481.743.0
      Total9.01275751---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Borucki (L, 0-1)4.2
      J. Shafer0.2
      T. Mayza1.2
      S. Gaviglio1.0
      D. Law1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Clevinger
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 104-63, T. Clippard 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-3, T. Clippard 1-5
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 25, T. Clippard 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 94-47, J. Shafer 20-11, T. Mayza 22-13, S. Gaviglio 24-16, D. Law 9-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 7-4, J. Shafer 1-1, T. Mayza 1-3, S. Gaviglio 1-1, D. Law 1-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 25, J. Shafer 6, T. Mayza 6, S. Gaviglio 6, D. Law 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Mercado homered to left center73
      • 6TH INNING
        Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to left, Mercado scored63
        Mercado tripled to deep right, Naquin scored53
      • 5TH INNING
        McKinney homered to right, Jansen scored43
        Perez doubled to deep right center, Kipnis scored41
      • 3RD INNING
        Kipnis singled to center, Ramirez scored31
      • 2ND INNING
        Smoak homered to right center21
        Lindor singled to center, Kipnis and Bauers scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Derek Law relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Bauers lined out to center
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Allen lined out to right
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Clippard Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel lined out to right
        • C. Biggio: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Biggio popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sam Gaviglio relieved Tim Mayza
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado homered to left center
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • J. Luplow: Luplow grounded out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Mike Clevinger
        • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to right
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, McKinney fouled out to first
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Mayza Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep center
        • J. Bauers: Bauers grounded out to second
        • Greg Allen hit for Tyler Naquin
        • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Allen singled to right center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Guerrero singled to center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Guerrero out at second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Grichuk flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Shafer Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Foul, Naquin doubled to deep right center
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor hit sacrifice bunt to third, Naquin to third
        • O. Mercado: Mercado tripled to deep right, Naquin scored
        • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Santana to second
        • Tim Mayza relieved Justin Shafer
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to left, Mercado scored
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis lined out to first
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Biggio grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • J. Luplow: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to deep right center, Kipnis scored
        • Justin Shafer relieved Ryan Borucki
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bauers flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smoak out at second
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Jansen hit by pitch
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, McKinney homered to right, Jansen scored
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers doubled to left center
        • T. Naquin: Naquin grounded out to shortstop, Bauers to third
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercado walked, Lindor to second
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mercado out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
        • C. Biggio: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging, Gurriel caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to deep left
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Luplow grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis singled to center, Ramirez scored
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to second
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis singled to right center
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez flied out to right
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Bauers reached on fielder's choice to first, Kipnis to second on shortstop Galvis fielding error
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin grounded out to first, Kipnis to third, Bauers to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to center, Kipnis and Bauers scored
        • O. Mercado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Guerrero singled to right, Guerrero out at second
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak homered to right center
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana doubled to left center
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sogard singled to center
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Galvis flied out to deep right
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)