Asdrubal Cabrera and the Cleveland Indians came out swinging
from the start against Kyle Drabek.
Matt LaPorta hit a three-run homer, Cabrera added three doubles
and Cleveland built a big lead right away, helping Josh Tomlin and
the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 13-9 Wednesday night.
”I’m pretty happy with the way the guys bounced back and took
two out of three here,” Indians manager Manny Acta said.
An 11-1 defeat in the opening game of the series was Cleveland’s
fifth loss in six games. But the AL Central leaders won 6-3 on
Tuesday, then pounded out 18 hits to take the finale.
”Those two wins are huge,” LaPorta said. ”To do it the way
we’ve done it, they’re big wins for us.”
Down 12-0, Toronto became the first major league team in 30
years to hit three straight triples. Eric Thames, Rajai Davis and
Jayson Nix accomplished the feat in the fifth inning – Montreal was
the last club to do it, with Mike Gates, Tim Raines and Tim Wallach
against San Diego on May 6, 1981.
The Indians scored four times while chasing Drabek in the first
inning. LaPorta’s shot highlighted an eight-run burst in the
Tomlin (7-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings to
match Boston’s Jon Lester for the AL lead in wins. He walked one
and struck out a career-high seven.
”It’s definitely nice to have that run support early,” Tomlin
said. ”It kind of frees you up to go out there and throw strikes
and try to get ahead of hitters.”
Davis homered off Tomlin and drove in four runs.
Cabrera went 4 for 6 and drove in two runs.
”He’s been terrific,” Acta said. ”He’s been the mainstay in
our lineup every day since day one.”
Michael Brantley and Cabrera opened the game with consecutive
doubles and one out later, Drabek walked Travis Buck and Carlos
Grady Sizemore followed with a three-run double. Drabek got
LaPorta to ground out but was replaced by Shawn Camp after walking
Winless in three starts, Drabek (3-4) allowed four runs and
three hits. It was the shortest start of the rookie’s career.
”This is absolutely the worst start I’ve ever had,” Drabek
said. ”I’ve never in my whole life not gone at least an
Manager John Farrell said the Blue Jays aren’t losing faith in
Drabek, the centerpiece of the trade that sent Roy Halladay to
”We fully believe in him,” Farrell said. ”We fully expect
that he’s going to have some growing pains and we’re fully aware of
that and fully accepting of it. He is a guy that we’re committed
Camp set down the first four batters he faced before the Indians
erupted in the third, sending 13 batters to the plate.
Buck led off with a single, Santana walked and LaPorta hit a
one-out drive off the restaurant beyond the center-field wall.
Hannahan doubled and scored on Adam Everett’s single, Brantley
singled and both runners on Cabrera’s double. Shin-soo Choo reached
when Davis couldn’t handle his liner to center and Buck was safe
when shortstop Yunel Escobar dropped a popup in swirling winds,
with each error costing Toronto a run.
The six-run outing raised Camp’s ERA from 2.42 to 4.23.
Brantley’s RBI grounder made it 13-3 in the top of the sixth.
Toronto added three in the bottom half on Davis’s first homer of
the season, a drive to left off Tomlin.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run single off Hannahan’s glove at third
base in the ninth.
NOTES: The Indians were two shy of their season high in hits.
… Cleveland has had two 10-run innings this season. They did it
in the fourth inning at Seattle on Apr. 8, and in the fourth inning
at Kansas City on May 16. … Bautista is the leading vote-getter
among AL players in All-Star voting. He leads the majors with 20
home runs. … Indians INF Orlando Cabrera got the day off after
five straight games on artificial turf. … Escobar went 0 for 3,
snapping his hitting streak at a career-high 12 games. … Thames
had a career-high three hits.