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Jays blast their way past Tribe

Jays blast their way past Tribe
The difference in Adam Lind right now from seasons past is his ability to quickly learn from his mistakes and make adjustments on the fly.

He did exactly that during the seventh inning yesterday afternoon, guessing right on a 1-2 slider from reliever Tony Sipp and launching it into the second deck in right field for the key blow in an ugly 10-6 Toronto Blue Jays victory over the Cleveland Indians.

"I figured he was going to throw it because I faced him (Monday) night and he threw all fastballs, and then he made me look kind of stupid with his first pitch slider (yesterday),'' the 25-year-old said of his tiebreaking three-run blast. "After he came up in I figured he was going to try and go down and away with the slider.''

Lind's sixth home run of the season preceded a Scott Rolen solo shot that capped a seven-run bottom of the seventh, which followed Cleveland's four-run outburst in the top half of the frame.

The teams, back at it about 13 hours after a 9-7 Cleveland win Monday night, chewed through a combined seven relievers and 82 pitches during the wild seventh, which the Blue Jays went into leading 3-2 and emerged from up 10-6.

The blown lead cost Brett Cecil a chance to win his impressive big-league debut, but Brian Wolfe (1-0) got one out in the eighth and acting closer Scott Downs closed things out from there.

The Blue Jays (19-10) begin a five-game swing through California tonight in Anaheim versus the Angels, and they need a big effort from ace Roy Halladay (5-1) in the opener against Anthony

Ortega (0-1) with their bullpen running on fumes. Toronto relievers have thrown 26 1/3 innings over their past seven games, and with Downs needing a day off Monday because of his workload, the Blue Jays blew a pair of leads, one with two outs in the ninth in that loss.

"We've had one day off and that was in April,'' said Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. "It's getting where we need a day off so some guys can get some rest.''

Cecil did his part yesterday by logging six strong innings and leaving in position to win the game. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed just two runs, one earned, and struck out six with no walks. More impressive, he showed no fear pitching inside, hitting three batters leaning too far over the plate.

"It didn't bother him. I liked that,'' said Gaston. "They probably weren't picking up his slider very well. . . . That's the sign of a good pitch.''

The touted prospect might have come apart in the second, when some poor defence helped the Indians (10-17) open up a 2-0 lead. But instead, he limited the damage to a Matt LaPorta run when Ben Francisco's single went through Travis Snider's legs in left field and all the way to the wall, and Francisco's crossing when a potential inning-ending double play ball wasn't turned.

He also brushed off a harsh stare from Kelly Shoppach in the fifth after the catcher was hit for the second time.

"If I hit a few guys, that's not going to change the plan,'' said Cecil. "I made a couple of guys mad today, but that's part of the game. It's definitely a good thing to establish the inside part of the plate and you've got to keep them uncomfortable in there. If they're comfortable, they're going to tear you apart.''

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Added: May 6, 2009

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