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ALCS Game 4: Backs To The Wall, Blue Jays Beat Indians 5-1

It was only a matter of time. Tuesday evening runs arrived in the nick of time as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians 5-1 in ALCS Game Four at the Rogers Centre.  The win ended Cleveland’s six-game postseason winning steak and postponed Toronto’s elimination. If the Blue Jays still face long odds of making a series comeback, Tuesday’s game is not a bad confidence builder.  The Indians managed just two hits off starter Aaron Sanchez and the Jays bullpen, while the Blue Birds put runs on the board in four different innings. Andrew Miller stayed in his seat in the bullpen.

How They Scored

Josh Donaldson opened the scoring with a solo home run to left off Corey Kluber in the bottom of the third. Ezequiel Carrera added another run in the fourth with a single to center field that scored Troy Tulowitzki.

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Nine-hole hitter Roberto Perez put the Indians on the board in the top of the fifth with a double to left that easily scored Coco Crisp, who had drawn a walk then moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Sanchez. The Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead to the seventh inning stretch.

Runs Saved by Chisenhall in the Sixth Given Back in the Seventh

Solid Indians defense in right field saved a pair of runs, perhaps more, in the sixth inning. Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall made a heads-up play of the carom of a Tulowitzki drive off the wall, holding Tulo to a long single. After Russell Martin grounded into a fielder’s choice, Michael Saunders hit one on the screws over Kluber’s head for a single.  Carrera then hit a drive that Chisenhall swallowed up on the warning track. Kluber then got Kevin Pillar to hit a soft grounder for the third out.

Toronto caught a break in the seventh. After a Ryan Goins leadoff single, Jose Bautista hit a “squibber” on the infield grass toward third that reliever Bryan Shaw threw away, putting runners on second and third with Josh Donaldson up. Intentional walk with no outs? Terry Francona ordered it, taking his chances with Edwin Encarnacion. The Jays first baseman promptly hit a red-hot grounder through the box, plating two runners to extend the Blue Jays lead 4-1.

Carrera showed off his speed in the eighth with a triple to right-center, the left-fielder’s second three-bagger in as many games. Kevin Pillar picked him up with one out, hitting a rocket that a leaping Brandon Guyer caught in right field. The Blue Jays took their 5-1 advantage to the ninth; Roberto Osuna easily retired the Tribe one-two-three to secure Toronto’s first win in the series.

Top Performers

Edwin Encarnacion, 2-4, 2RBI

Ezekiel Carrera, 2-4, triple, run scored

Josh Donaldson, 1-4, solo HR

Pitching

Aaron Sanchez W, 6IP, 1R, 2H, 2BB, 5Ks

Corey Kluber L, 5IP, 2R, 4H, 2BB, 7Ks

Up Next: Indians lead series, 3 to 1. The Blue Jays try to stave off elimination on their home field once again Wednesday.

Game time: 4:00 P.M. ET, Rogers Centre, Toronto.

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Tim Teddy

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Tim is a lifelong baseball (especially Cubs) fan, member of SABR, and player of Out of the Park Baseball. Recently he caught the genealogy bug and is researching his family history. He is originally from Chicago, but now lives in Columbia, MO, with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.
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