After lengthy rehab, Floyd glad to be on the mound for Tribe
TORONTO (AP) — On a rough night for the Indians, Gavin Floyd’s return gave them something to smile about.
R.A. Dickey pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, Josh Donaldson had three hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 5-1 on Wednesday.
With an off day Thursday and extra help in the bullpen now that rosters have expanded, Indians manager Terry Francona yanked struggling starter Trevor Bauer (10-11) after the right-hander gave up five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Six relievers followed, including Floyd, who was pitching for the first time since June 19, 2014, with Atlanta. Floyd needed a second surgery after suffering the same injury in spring training this year.
Working in relief for the first time since May 2011, Floyd retired the heart of Toronto’s lineup — Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion — in the seventh.
"It was really good to see," Francona said. "On a tough night, it was nice to see him pitch in a major league game."
Floyd said it was "fun" to get into a game for the first time in more than a year.
"My heart was racing but I was able to control my emotions and zero in on what I needed to do," he said.
Catcher Yan Gomes came to the mound for a brief chat midway through Floyd’s warmup pitches.
"We had a refresher as far as what pitches I throw," Floyd said.
Cleveland lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 18 and 19 at Boston. They went 9-2 in between.