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Blue Jays fall to Cleveland


Blue Jays fall to Cleveland
The Toronto Blue Jays lost just their second game of the season on Sunday, surrendering two home runs in an 8-4 defeat in Cleveland.

The Blue Jays were looking for their first 6-1 start in 15 years but never led in the series finale.

Toronto fell behind 5-1 and then closed to within one before the Indians scored three in the bottom of the eighth to effectively seal the result.

Travis Hafner hit a two-run home run off Blue Jays reliever Brandon League in the bottom of the eighth and Cleveland added another run to close out the scoring.

"It was a great team win and we certainly needed it," said third baseman Mark DeRosa.

The damage could have been even worse ??? Cleveland stranded 11 baserunners in the game. Many of those batters were aboard due to 10 walks issued by Blue Jays pitchers.

Toronto starter David Purcey struck out 10 but walked six in his 4 2/3 innings of work. He took the loss and saw his earned-run average jump to 4.63 after a decent outing in his first start, a no-decision.

"Way too many walks," manager Cito Gaston said. "But with all those walks, we were still in the game. One more base hit or a flyball, who knows what might happen?"

Vernon Wells hit his first home run of the season for the Blue Jays .

Cleveland starter Anthony Reyes (1-0) gave up just three hits in six innings in his first outing of the season.

"I was glad to get this one," manager Eric Wedge said as his players packed their bags for a seven-game trip to Kansas City and New York.

Wild throw costly

Grady Sizemore manufactured Cleveland's first run. He walked and then stole second in the bottom of the first. He took off for third when Purcey bounced a pitch to the plate, with Toronto catcher Rod Barajas throwing wildly to third to allow Sizemore to come home.

Sizemore was again on base with a walk in the third when De Rosa crushed a Purcey offering over the left-field wall.

De Rosa hit a three-run double in a losing cause during Cleveland's late rally on Saturday.

Aaron Hill got one back for Toronto in the bottom half of the third, doubling and eventually scoring on a Reyes wild pitch.

Purcey departed with two outs in the fifth in favour of Shawn Camp. Indians rookie left-fielder Trevor Crowe smacked a two-run double for his first RBIs as a major leaguer off Camp, bringing home Jhonny Peralta and Shin-Soo Choo.

"I was just throwing them up there," Purcey said. "I didn't have much of a feel for my fastball. End result, I wasn't ready to go. I didn't prepare myself and I wasn't ready to throw strikes."

Toronto fought back with three in the top of the sixth.

The Blue Jays caught a break in the inning when Choo lost an Alex Rios blast in the sun. Rios drove in Marco Scutaro and landed at third as a result, coming across when Wells hammered a hanging pitch from Reyes over the wall in left.

Scutaro, Adam Lind and Scott Rolen ??? all batting over .400 at the start of the game ??? went hitless on the day.

Scutaro did engineer an impressive double play in the eighth, pivoting and using his glove to shovel the ball to second baseman Hill.

Cleveland (1-5) avoided losing the first six games of a season, which an Indians team hasn't done in 95 years.

Toronto hit the road for a four-game series beginning Monday in Minnesota. Each game has an 8:10 p.m. ET starting time.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 13, 2009

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