Cabrera gets 4 hits, Blue Jays edge Indians 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Sergio Santos wasn't as wild. He was just as worrisome.

Santos retired Michael Brantley on a hard grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to close out Toronto's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored Toronto's go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single before the Blue Jays withstood a shaky ninth by Santos, who bounced back from an awful outing in Minnesota on Thursday.

"It got a little hairy there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But the bottom line is he got it done."

On Thursday, Santos threw three wild pitches in the eighth, allowing three runs to score, and he and two Blue Jays relievers combined for eight walks in the inning as the Twins rallied to beat Toronto 9-5 and sweep a doubleheader.

Clinging to a 3-2 lead against the Indians, Santos gave up a leadoff double to Lonnie Chisenhall and struck out Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher — on six pitches. Santos then went to 3-2 counts before walking Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to load the bases before getting Brantley on a one-hop smash that Encarnacion knocked down before touching the bag.

"Trust me, I'd love to get a 1-2-3 with fewer pitches," Santos said. "But it's a long year and I'm trying to learn as much as I can."

Santos insisted he didn't carry Thursday's performance to the mound.

"I didn't think about that once," he said. "The second we left Minnesota, all that stuff was left there. New day. New stadium. New team. New opportunity. That's all I was looking for."

The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the seventh before Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI single off reliever Marc Rzepczynski (0-1), and Encarnacion delivered against Cody Allen.

Steve Delabar (1-0), also involved in the eighth-inning debacle at Minnesota, got the win in relief of starter Drew Hutchison.

Following the game, Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for shortstop Jose Reyes, who has been out since opening day with a strained hamstring.

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Indians, who have dropped six of eight.

Cabrera got his first three hits off Indians starter Justin Masterson, improving to 15 for 27 against the right-hander.