Throughout his major league career, David Price has had a lot of success pitching against the Cleveland Indians. His first start against the tribe as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays went alright except for a couple of pitches that handed the lefthander his fifth loss of the season.
It took until the end of August, but for the first time this season, the Indians can crack open a six pack of wins as they beat the American League East leading Blue Jays 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Monday night. The Indians six straight wins are a season high.
Danny Salazar matched Price pitch for pitch. Salazar coming back from a virus that forced him to miss his original start last Friday against the Angels was healthy and looked sharp. Salazar pitched seven innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits with a walk and ten strike outs. Salazar improves to 12-7 on the season.
Salazar’s two runs were given up in the fifth inning when Josh Donaldson hit his first triple of the season. Indians center fielder Abraham Almonte almost came down with the catch but the ball tipped off the top of his glove. Ryan Goins and Ben Revere would score to give Toronto a 2-1 lead. The Indians scored their first run in the top of the first inning. Jason Kipnis would double of Price to start the game, move to third on a botched fielder’s choice attempt during Francisco Lindor’s at bat. Kipnis would score when Michael Brantley grounded into a double play.
Salazar was on the hook for the loss when the Indians stepped up to face Price in the seventh inning. The offense would not only get Salazar off the hook, they made Salazar the pitcher of record on the winning side when he took the mound for the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ryan Raburn would tie the game at two with an rbi double to right field that would score Carlos Santana from first base. Two batters later, Jerry Sands came up with a clutch rbi hit with two outs as he singles to left to bring home Raburn with what would be the game winning run.
Price would leave the game after seven innings allowing three earned runs on six hits with a walk and nine strike outs. The Blue Jays offense tried to get their ace off of the hook, but were not successful.
Bryan Shaw would replace Salazar to start the eighth. After getting the first two batters out, the Blue Jays offense started a rally to try and tie the game. Jose Baustita would single the opposite way to right with two strikes to keep the inning alive. Indians manager Terry Francona wasted no time and made a pitching change.
Closer Cody Allen would be called upon for another four out save. Getting the third out of the eighth would not be easy. Edwin Encarnacion, who extended his major league leading hitting streak to 26 games earlier in the game, would single to left, Bautista would go to third on the play. After falling behind Troy Tulowitzki 2-0, Allen decides to intentionally walk Tulowitzki to load the bases and take his chances against Justin Smoak. The decision turned out to be the correct one as Allen would get Smoak to strike out swinging on a nasty slider to retire the side and leave the bases loaded.
The Indians added an insurance in the ninth inning. With Yan Gomes on first base and two outs, Lonnie Chisenhall would pick up an infield single. Blue Jays third baseman would throw the ball away to allow Gomes to score all the way from first to make the score 4-2.
That throwing error proved to be very important as Toronto would get the tying runs on base off Allen in the ninth. After Russell Martin lined out to Chisenhall in right field, Kevin Pillar and Goins would record back to back to singles. Allen would defuse the rally by getting Revere to pop out and Donaldson to strike out swinging to end the game. Allen picked up save number 28 on the season.