TORONTO (AP) -- An impressive offensive display by the Cleveland Indians overshadowed another solid start from Corey Kluber.
David Murphy had five hits and five RBIs, Lonnie Chisenhall had five
hits and an RBI and the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 15-4 on
"One of those games you love to be a part of," Murphy said.
Kluber pitched seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first
time this season, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered as the
Indians set season-highs with 22 hits and 15 runs in winning for the
sixth time in eight games.
"From top to bottom, we either took walks or got hits," Indians
manager Terry Francona said." Just a good night all the way around."
Kluber (4-3) allowed two runs and four hits, walked one and struck
out nine. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his past five
starts, with 47 strikeouts over 34 1-3 innings.
"I'm more and more impressed with him each time he goes out there," Murphy said. "He's got the stuff to be an ace."
Infielder Steve Tolleson came on to record the final out in the ninth
inning after Gomes drilled a three-run homer off Neil Wagner. Throwing
knuckleballs, Tolleson faced two batters, giving up a double to
Chisenhall before Mike Aviles popped out.
It was the first time two Indians had five hits in a nine-inning game
since Johnny Hodapp and Luke Sewell had five each against the Yankees
on July 29, 1928.
The last time it happened in the majors was last Sept. 6, when Andy
Dirks and Omar Infante had five hits each for Detroit against Kansas
The bottom four batters in Cleveland's lineup combined for 14 hits, 10 RBIs and scored five runs.
"That makes you feel good when you're getting contributions all up
and down," Francona said. "That's the kind of team we have to be."
Kluber retired the first 13 batters before giving up his first hit, a
double by Adam Lind. One out later, Lind scored on Brett Lawrie's
Bryan Shaw worked the eighth and Carlos Carrasco finished for the Indians.
Michael Brantley, whose 11-game hitting streak ended in Tuesday's
loss, doubled to open the fifth and scored when Santana followed with a
homer into the second deck. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a single,
chasing Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan.
McGowan (2-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in four-plus innings. He walked two and struck out three.
"All my pitches were fine tonight," McGowan said. "I just got hit hard."
McGowan is winless with an ERA of 9.19 in four home starts this
season, but 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four road starts. He dropped to 0-3
with a 10.61 ERA in five career games against the Indians.
Toronto cut it to 4-2 on Jose Bautista's RBI double in the sixth, but
Edwin Encarnacion fouled out and Lind flied out to the wall in left.
Cleveland capped it with a six-run, 10-batter ninth. Michael Bourn
hit an RBI triple and scored on a base hit by Jose Ramirez. Murphy hit a
two-run double and Gomes ended a 12-pitch at bat by homering.
Brantley left in the fifth with a sore back. He was replaced by Nyjer
Morgan, who lasted just half an inning before spraining his right knee.
Ramirez replaced Morgan, going in at second base as Aviles moved to
Francona said he wasn't sure whether Brantley or Morgan would be
available Thursday. Morgan was wearing a brace to immobilize his leg
after the game.
"We need to see how he shows up in the morning," Francona said of Morgan.
NOTES: Tolleson is the seventh position player to pitch for the Blue
Jays. ... This was the third five-hit game of Murphy's career. ... The
last time Cleveland had two or more players with at least five hits in a
game was July 10, 1932, when Johnny Burnett had nine and Earl Averill
and Eddie Morgan had five each in an 18-inning game against the
Philadelphia Athletics. ... The Blue Jays placed C Dioner Navarro on the
family medical emergency list and optioned RHP Chad Jenkins to Triple-A
Buffalo. Toronto recalled C Erik Kratz and Wagner from Triple-A. ...
Indians RHP Danny Salazar (1-3) faces LHP J.A. Happ (1-1) in Thursday's