Toronto outscores Cleveland 9-6 to end Indians’ 14-game winning streak
TORONTO – Josh Donaldson drove in Ezequiel Carrera with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Cleveland 9-6 on Saturday to end the Indians’ 14-game winning streak.
Carrera was originally called out by umpire D.J. Reyburn but the decision was overturned on review. Michael Saunders added a two-run double later in the frame off Tommy Hunter to provide some insurance for closer Roberto Osuna, who earned his 16th save.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Troy Tulowitzki added a two-run shot and Donaldson had a solo blast for Toronto (44-39).
Rajai Davis hit for the cycle for the Indians (49-31).
Cleveland’s 14-game win streak was the longest in franchise history. It was the longest in the American League since the Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row in 2002.
Davis, who became the eighth player in Indians’ history to hit for the cycle, led off the game by belting a 3-2 pitch from Marco Estrada off the facing of the second deck in left field.
It was his first leadoff homer of the season and ninth overall.
Cleveland pitcher Zach McAllister made his first start of the season despite working an inning of relief in a 2-1, 19-inning win over the Blue Jays on Friday. Trevor Bauer was originally tabbed to start but he was pressed into five innings of relief work after the Indians depleted their bullpen.
McAllister hit Carrera with his first pitch of the afternoon.
Donaldson walked before Encarnacion took a 1-1 pitch deep for his 22nd homer of the year.
Encarnacion was well rested after missing most of the six-hour, 13-minute affair a day earlier due to a first-inning ejection.
McAllister was pulled after a 31-pitch opening frame and replaced by Jeff Manship, who also worked an inning.
Estrada, meanwhile, gave up leadoff hits in the first three frames. He escaped damage in the second inning but a Davis triple scored Tyler Naquin in the third.
Left-hander Shawn Morimando, who was called up from double-A Akron before the game, made his big-league debut in the third inning. He gave up a pair of singles in the frame and worked 3 2/3 innings in all.
Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, his 18th homer of the year and second in as many days. Estrada, who has battled back tightness at times this season, appeared to be in some discomfort at times in the frame.
The Indians nearly got out of the fifth unscathed, but Santana couldn’t squeeze the ball on a throw to first base that would have been the final out.
Instead, Russell Martin reached on what was generously scored a hit and Tulowitzki cashed him in with his 13th homer of the year.
Estrada, who threw 96 pitches over five innings, gave up five hits, three earned runs and struck out seven. He was replaced by Joe Biagini, who loaded the bases before hitting Juan Uribe with a pitch to halve the lead.
Southpaw Aaron Loup came on and got Naquin to ground out. Drew Hutchison gave up a one-out double to Davis in the seventh and the former Blue Jay scored when Jose Ramirez used the 10th pitch of his at-bat to squeeze a single through the infield.
Mike Napoli doubled to bring Ramirez home with the go-ahead run.
Donaldson answered in the bottom half by launching Dan Otero’s first pitch some 431 feet for his 20th homer of the year to tie things up again.
Jason Grilli (2-2) worked a clean eighth inning for the Blue Jays and Otero (2-1) absorbed the loss. The crowd of 46,197 gave Davis a nice round of applause when he singled in the ninth to complete the cycle.
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