TORONTO (AP) -- After throwing pitches into the seventh inning, R.A. Dickey hailed Melky Cabrera for his one perfect toss.
Dickey won for the third time in four starts, Juan Francisco homered
and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Tuesday
Cabrera made a one-hop throw from left field to get Carlos Santana at
the plate to end the eighth inning, preserving Toronto's one-run lead.
"That was just heroic, is what that was," a grateful Dickey said. "It saved the game."
Catcher Josh Thole said Cabrera's throw was "right on the money."
"It was down the third base line so it made it easier for me," Thole
said. "Had it been anywhere else it would have been a bit of a tougher
play. Melky knows that and he's just that good of a player to be able to
Santana said he had to alter his slide because Yan Gomes' bat was on the ground, just outside the batter's box.
"Melky made a great throw and the bat was in the middle," Santana said. "I tried to go inside."
Dickey (4-3) allowed two earned runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six.
"I had some good changeups tonight, a swing-and-miss knuckleball," Dickey said.
Casey Janssen, activated off the disabled list Sunday, finished for his first save.
"It's definitely good to have him back," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Justin Masterson (2-2) matched a season high by allowing five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Dickey set down the first eight batters before the Indians opened the
scoring in the third. Mike Aviles singled, Michael Bourn walked and
Nick Swisher hit an RBI single that dropped just in front of a charging
Jose Bautista in right.
Gibbons came out to argue the call by first base umpire Jerry Meals that Bautista had trapped the ball, but didn't challenge it.
Masterson was perfect through three innings before giving a leadoff
triple to Jose Reyes in the fourth. Cabrera followed with a sacrifice
fly to the warning track in center.
Francisco put the Blue Jays in front with a one-out homer in the fifth, a drive into the second deck.
Toronto chased Masterson and added three more runs in the sixth. Adam
Lind hit a two-run double and scored on Francisco's double.
"He got a couple of balls up that they stayed on pretty well," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Josh Outman came on after Masterson walked Brett Lawrie but got out
of it by retiring Josh Thole on a grounder and striking out Kevin
Cleveland closed to within one with a three-run seventh. Asdrubal
Cabrera singled, David Murphy reached on a fielding error by Lawrie at
second base and Yan Gomes walked to load the bases before Dickey hit
Lonnie Chisenhall with the first pitch.
Aaron Loup relieved and got Aviles to fly out, but Bourn hit an RBI
single and Swisher added a sacrifice fly. Michael Brantley lined out to
end the inning.
"We just couldn't get one big hit," Francona said.
Santana singled off Brett Cecil to begin the eighth and advanced on a
passed ball. Asdrubal Cabrera and Murphy struck out before Gomes lined a
single to left, setting the stage for Cabrera's inning-ending assist.
NOTES: Francona has been added to John Farrell's staff for the
All-Star game. Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire will also assist Farrell. ...
Bautista was called out on strikes after his request for time was not
granted by plate umpire Jordan Baker in the seventh. Bautista backed out
as John Axford threw a strike. ... Reyes returned to the lineup after
getting the day off Monday. ... Toronto OF Colby Rasmus, who left
Monday's game after six innings with a tight right hamstring, did not
start. Gibbons said he hopes Rasmus will be ready to return after two
days off. ... The Blue Jays recalled Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo and
optioned INF Jonathan Diaz to Triple-A. ... Toronto has hit at least one
homer in 17 of 19 home games this season. ... Cleveland has lost nine
of 11 on the road. ... Indians RH Corey Kluber (3-3) faces Blue Jays RH
Dustin McGowan (2-1) on Wednesday.