Indians, Blue Jays split doubleheader
Indians win Game 2 in a blowout
The Blue Jays and Indians won’t meet again until the first week in September.
After a lengthy day together, that’s probably good for everyone.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Erik Gonzalez had four RBIs and Adam Plutko won his first major league start as Cleveland split an extra-long doubleheader with Toronto on Thursday, winning 13-4 in the second game.
It was the 1,500th victory for Terry Francona, who became the 24th manager to reach the milestone.
The Blue Jays won the opener 13-11 in 11 innings.
The teams were forced to play two after back-to-back weather postponements on April 14-15. Then they waited through a 1-hour, 53-minute rain delay before needing nearly five hours to determine a winner in Game 1.
In the second game, The Indians ran away from the Jays with a nine-run fifth highlighted by Ramirez’s homer and Gonzalez’s three-run double.
In the opener, Yangervis Solarte hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the 11th inning as the Blue Jays outlasted the Indians in a game that featured 15 pitchers and 32 hits.
Solarte went 8 for 10 with seven RBIs on the day.
Back from the disabled list, Josh Donaldson homered in both games for Toronto.
Plutko has spent the season at Triple-A Columbus waiting for his chance. Cleveland’s strong rotation is a tough one to crack, but the right-hander made the most of his opportunity, allowing three runs — all on homers — and six hits in 71/3 innings.
Once the Indians chased Joe Biagini (0-1) in the second game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had Luis Santos, recalled before the game, take one for the team. He gave up six runs and five hits in 12/3 innings.
The Indians twice fought back to tie the opener, but couldn’t overcome Toronto’s 13-9 lead in the 11th inning.
Pinch-hitter Luke Naile walked with two outs against Tyler Olson (0-1) before Donaldson doubled for his third hit in his first game since April 10. After Teoscar Hernandez walked, Solarte pulled a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his first slam and fifth hit, giving him six RBIs.
Before his slam, Solarte’s fielding error in the eighth allowed the Indians to tie it.
Tim Mayza (1-0), Toronto’s sixth reliever, pitched one inning for the win as the Jays bounced back after being shut out Wednesday.
Francisco Lindor homered twice in the opener for the Indians, who overcame a 5-0 deficit with a seven-run fourth and were down 9-7 in the eighth.
Donaldson hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth off Nick Goody and added a run-scoring double. The 2015 AL MVP had been sidelined with a sore right shoulder.
Russell Martin added a two-run homer in the opener for Toronto.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco was in line to pick up an ugly win after the Indians rallied from a 5-0 hole. But after giving up a one-out single in the sixth, Carrasco was lifted for Goody and Donaldson homered on the reliever’s first pitch.
Indians: Josh Tomlin faces New York’s vaunted lineup in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday.