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Indians hit three homers in win over Blue Jays

May 2, 2015 - 5:03 AM Cleveland, OH ( - Brett Hayes, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis all hit home runs in the Cleveland Indians' 9-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Brandon Moss knocked in two runs for the Indians, who rebounded from a 5-1 loss in the opener of this four-game set on Thursday. Carlos Carrasco (3-2) allowed four runs on six hits while striking out six and walking three over six innings.

Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who fell to 2-6 on a 10-game road trip. Kevin Pillar drove in two runs.

Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (3-2) gave up eight runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings. The veteran left-hander fell to 16-18 lifetime against Cleveland.

"We can beat a lefty," Kipnis said. "It has been done before. It will be done again. Guys have been taking good swings and having good at-bats. We even out- hit them in the first game. We just couldn't come up with the big hit with runners in scoring position.

"Today it was contagious and guys were feeling good and there was a loose environment in the dugout. I can't tell you how much a different calendar month does for a baseball player's psyche. When you say it turns a page, it really does."

Donaldson and Kipnis hit leadoff homers for their respective teams in the first.

Each team scored three runs in the third. Donaldson singled, moved to second when Jose Bautista walked and raced home on Edwin Encarnacion's double to left. After Russell Martin struck out swinging, Pillar hit a two-run triple to right-center field.

Kipnis walked and Mike Aviles and Brantley singled to load the bases with no outs in the bottom half. Kipnis was thrown out at home when Carlos Santana grounded into a fielder's choice. Moss followed with a two-run double down the right-field line. Another run scored when Lonnie Chisenhall grounded into a fielder's choice.

The Indians took the lead for good in the fourth. Michael Bourn led off with a single but was thrown out at the plate on Aviles' double. Brantley followed with a blast over the right-center field wall.

Hayes joined the home run parade in the fifth. Ryan Raburn and Chisenhall hit consecutive one-out singles, chasing Buehrle from the game. Andrew Albers, who was called up before the game, entered the contest and immediately gave up a homer to Hayes.

Game Notes

Toronto went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded six ... The Indians placed pitcher T.J. House on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder inflammation and recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus ... The Blue Jays optioned pitcher Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo and transferred infielder Maicer Izturis to the 60-day disabled list.