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Reynolds' Late Heroics Lead Indians to 3-2 Win

Reynolds Bails Out Perez With 11th Inning Home Run

Reynolds' Late Heroics Lead Indians to 3-2 Win
Ubaldo Jimenez (Photo: Zimbio.com)
April 4, 2013
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Toronto, ON – Designated hitter Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of 11th inning off Toronto reliever Sergio Santos as the Cleveland Indians beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday.

Reynolds’ dinger was his first of the season and Santos (0-1, 5.40) allowed the first earned run for the Toronto bullpen, as the Tribe won their first two games in a season for the first time since 2008. The team hasn’t won its first three games since 1998.

The homer bailed out Chris Perez who surrendered a game-tying homer to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the 9th. It was his first blown save of the season.

Toronto’s offense has scored just three runs in its first two games.

Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who lost a career-worst 17 games last season, worked six effective innings in his season debut. He allowed one earned run, three hits, and two walks while striking out six batters.

Newly-acquired reliever Matt Albers (1-0, 0.00) retired just one batter to earn his first win of the season. Joe Smith picked up his first save of season while striking out one.

The Indians struck first in the top of the third inning. Center fielder Michael Bourn hit his first double of the season to open the inning and scored three hitters later when left fielder Michael Brantley hit an RBI-single between shortstop and third base.

Maicer Izturis tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff homer to right, the first of the Jays season.

The Indians took the lead 2-1 in the eighth against ageless reliever Darren Oliver. First baseman Nick Swisher led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on Brantley’s fourth hit of the game. Swisher was retired on a force out, but Brantley scored on the same play after a Izturis throwing error.

Brantley finished 4-for-5, his fifth four-hit game of his career.

After allowing one run in the third, Toronto starting pitcher Brandon Morrow worked around trouble to pitch six innings. He walked two hitters and struck out eight.

The Indians will conclude their three-game series with the Blue Jays on Wednesday at the Rogers Centre. Free agent addition Brett Myers (0-0, 0.00) will toe the rubber for Cleveland against Toronto lefty Mark Buehrle (0-0, 0.00).

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

User Comments

Tony
April 4, 2013 - 8:06 AM EDT
Francona said no changes tonight, same lineup, which I agree with. Let the regulars settle in and also give Kipnis/Chisenhall a chance to face same left-handed pitching. He said that Aviles/Raburn probably get in sometime this weekend.
Joe
April 4, 2013 - 7:52 AM EDT
A nice start against a pretty good Blue Jays team. 2 good starts as well for Masty and Ubaldo. Some nice velocity from Ubee too, up to 94 a few times. Good to see.
Is it too early to worry about Kipnis yet ? He has not looked very comfortable at bat, though his fielding has been solid. Think we might see Raeburn/Aviles tonite for Kipnis/Chisenhall. Tough lefty for Jays.
Daingean
April 4, 2013 - 7:28 AM EDT
Tribe takes the series with the Blew Jays!!! Brantley is on fire, Reynolds shot a no-doubter and U looked good. Tough one tonight against Buehrle but get the brooms ready.

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