SKYDOME Bases-loaded free pass costs Tribe in 7-6 loss



Catcher Victor Martinez was ejected after arguing the ball four call.
TORONTO (AP) -- Rick White said even Frank Menechino thought it was a strike. Menechino said he was just humoring his buddy.
Menechino drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning after Carlos Delgado's tying two-run homer Tuesday night in the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Toronto trailed 5-1 in the fifth and 5-3 in the eighth, when the Blue Jays sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times to take the lead.
Alex Rios led off with a single against Rafael Betancourt (4-5), and Delgado hit his 16th homer to tie it.
Betancourt then loaded the bases by allowing a single by Vernon Wells, walking Frank Catalanotto and intentionally walking Gregg Zaun. Rick White came in and got the first out, but his 3-2 slider to Menechino was ruled a ball, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
White asked Menechino if it was strike.
"I didn't want to laugh about it. I told him what he wanted to hear," Menechino said. "He's my friend."
Ejected
Catcher Victor Martinez was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing the call.
"If he didn't get thrown out I was going to. He just beat me to it," White said.
Chris Gomez followed with an RBI single for a 7-5 lead.
Justin Speier (3-6) gave up one hit in a scoreless eighth for the win. Rookie Jason Frasor allowed an RBI groundout by Matt Lawton before finishing for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Casey Blake and Travis Hafner homered for the Indians, who have lost four straight since moving a season-high three games over .500.
"It's a tough loss," White said. "We're in a pennant race. Every win counts."
Ronnie Belliard hit an RBI grounder in the second to give the Indians a 1-0 lead, but Dave Berg hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half to tie it.
Blake homers
Blake hit a two-run homer off Miguel Batista in the fourth, and Hafner hit a two-run shot off Batista in the fifth, giving Cleveland a 5-1 lead.
Zaun's leadoff homer in the fifth cut it to 5-2. Berg followed with a double, and after Chris Gomez singled to right, outfielder Jody Gerut's throw bounced in front of first baseman Ben Broussard, allowing Berg to score on the error.
Cleveland starter Scott Elarton allowed three runs and six hits in 52/3 innings. He's won just one of his last 19 starts.
Cleveland's bullpen has saved just 18 of their 42 opportunities.
Trade
The Indians traded minor league left-hander Jeriome Robertson to the Montreal Expos on Tuesday for minor league left-hander Pierre-Luc Marceau.
Marceau went a combined 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA in 31 appearances for Single-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League and Single-A Brevard County of the Florida State League. Marceau, 23, will report to Single-A Lake County.
Robertson went 1-1 with a 12.21 ERA in 14 games with Cleveland earlier this year. He was designated for assignment on July 27.
Robertson, 27, went 15-9 with a 5.10 ERA with the Houston Astros last season, leading rookies in wins. With a surplus of starters, the Astros traded him to Cleveland on March 31.
Robertson went 4-5 with a 7.27 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts for Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

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