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A healthy and productive Grady Sizemore could be what the

Cleveland Indians need to get back on track.

Coming off a solid offensive performance, Sizemore hopes to help

the Indians conclude a six-game road trip at .500 Wednesday night

against the Toronto Blue Jays.

After going 0 for 12 with seven strikeouts in his first three

games since coming off the disabled list last week, Sizemore was 2

for 4 with two RBIs in Tuesday’s 6-3 win at Toronto (28-27).

The victory was the second in seven games for the Indians

(32-20), who still have the best record in the AL.

“When you’re struggling for four or five games, you want to stop

it there,” Sizemore said. “You don’t want it to go for 10 or

15.”

The three-time All-Star missed the first 14 games of the season

while recovering from left knee surgery, then almost three weeks

with a right knee injury. Sizemore is batting .255 with six homers

and 13 RBIs in 22 games, but .318 his last five versus Toronto.

Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had three hits for the

Indians, who scored half as many runs Tuesday as they did in their

previous six contests.

“Hopefully we’re getting on track and getting ready to go,”

winning pitcher Mitch Talbot said.

Scheduled Indians starter Josh Tomlin (6-2, 2.74 ERA) had one

bad inning when he served up a pair of two-run homers in the second

for the only runs he gave up over six innings of a 5-0 loss at

Tampa Bay on Friday.

It was the first time in 10 starts Tomlin allowed more than

three runs. The 10 home runs he has given up this season equal his

total in 12 starts last year.

“When you’re around the zone like that, and guys know, they can

take their swings on you,” Tomlin told the Indians’ official

website. “I have to do a better job of getting pitches down in the

zone.”

The right-hander allowed only a home run to Jose Molina and

three other hits in 5 1-3 innings but did not factor in the

decision of a 2-1 win at Toronto on July 31.

Toronto slugger Jose Bautista is 0 for 2 with a walk against

Tomlin, but batting .455 his last six games versus Cleveland after

going 3 for 5 on Tuesday. He’s hit .480 (12 for 25) with six RBIs

his last six contests overall.

Now that their four-game winning streak has ended, the Blue Jays

hope Kyle Drabek (3-3, 4.16) can give them a chance for a series

win when he makes his first appearance against the Indians.

Despite walking 14 batters over his last three starts, Drabek is

1-1 with a 2.75 ERA during that span. He allowed two runs, three

hits and five walks in 6 2-3 innings, but did not factor in the

decision of a 4-2 win over the White Sox on Friday.

“He’s got the ability to win, and he’s got the tenacity to pitch

through tight spots, avoiding a crooked number,” manager John

Farrell told the Blue Jays’ official website. “To me, it’s a

trademark of a winner. “That’s something you can’t teach.”

Cleveland has won seven of nine against Toronto.