Santana carries Indians over Blue JaysJun 1, 2011 - 6:32 AM
Grady Sizemore also doubled twice and knocked in a pair, while Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 and fell a homer shy of the cycle for the Indians, who had dropped five of six coming into the contest.
Mitch Talbot (2-1) worked an effective 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win. The right-hander surrendered one run on six hits, walked three and struck out as many.
"Hopefully we're just breaking out right now," Talbot said.
Yunel Escobar hit a solo homer and Jose Bautista had three hits and a run scored for Toronto, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Brandon Morrow (2-3) was tagged for nine hits and six runs in five frames. He walked two and struck out nine.
Both sides stranded a runner in scoring position in the first before Cleveland put up a run in the second on consecutive doubles by Santana and Sizemore, and the Indians tacked on two more in the third.
Brantley led off with a triple and crossed the plate on Asdrubal Cabrera's base hit to center. Later in the inning, Santana's sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 game.
Santana's double in the fifth scored Travis Buck, who reached with a two-out walk. Sizemore followed with an RBI two-bagger and Orlando Cabrera's RBI base hit through the left side put the Tribe ahead 6-0.
"I could have got out of that with no runs," Morrow said. "The flip of the coin hasn't been going my way."
The Jays scored two in the seventh to get on the board. Bautista's single, coupled with a throwing error on Orlando Cabrera allowed Corey Patterson to come home. Juan Rivera added an RBI single to make it a 6-2 game.
Vinnie Pestano struck out the side in the bottom of eighth and Tony Sipp took over in the ninth. He served up a one-out homer to Escobar, then retired pinch-hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Chris Perez was summoned from the bullpen and served up a base hit to Bautista, but retired Rivera to end the game.
The Indians have won seven of their last nine versus the Blue Jays...Cleveland finished 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while Toronto left 10 men on base.
- CLEVELAND: 6
May 31 10:12 PM
- Yunel Escobar one-out, solo Home Run (6) to right. Corey Patterson due up.
Indians 6, Blue Jays 3 Bot 9, 1 OutMay 31 10:03 PM
- Juan Rivera single to right scored Jose Bautista. Runner on first with two out and J.P. Arencibia due up.
Indians 6, Blue Jays 2 Bot 7, 2 OutsMay 31 9:32 PM
- Orlando Cabrera singled to left scored Grady Sizemore. Runner on first with two out and Matt LaPorta due up.
Indians 6, Blue Jays 0 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 31 8:43 PM
- Grady Sizemore double to center scored Carlos Santana. Runner on second with two out and Orlando Cabrera due up.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 0 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 31 8:41 PM
- Carlos Santana sacrifice fly out to center scored Asdrubal Cabrera. On the play, Shin-Soo Choo advances to third. Runner on third with two out and Grady Sizemore due up.
Indians 3, Blue Jays 0 Top 3, 2 OutsMay 31 7:57 PM
- Asdrubal Cabrera single to center scored Michael Brantley. Runner on first with none out and Shin-Soo Choo due up.
Indians 2, Blue Jays 0 Top 3, 0 OutsMay 31 7:50 PM
- Grady Sizemore double to center scored Carlos Santana. Runner on second with none out and Orlando Cabrera due up.
Indians 1, Blue Jays 0 Top 2, 0 OutsMay 31 7:32 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 31 7:09 PM
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