Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Smith couldn't get the one out his team needed, and the result was a frustrating loss for the Cleveland Indians.
Smith, trying to pitch out of a ninth-inning jam, gave up Munenori Kawasaki's two-run single with the bases loaded that sparked a three-run rally as the Indians fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Tuesday night.
"I thought I could get one out," Smith said. "I don't know how many runs I gave up. Three, at least? That stinks. I got to get one out."
Smith, pitching for the fourth straight day, relieved Rich Hill (0-1) with two outs and a runner on first. Pinch hitter J.P. Arencibia singled and Emilio Bonifacio walked to load the bases. Smith got ahead in the count 1-2 but Kawasaki lined a hit into left-center field to score two runs. A third run scored when center fielder Michael Bourn booted the ball for an error.
Smith wouldn't use the fact he's been getting a lot of work recently as an excuse.
"I said I was good," he said. "I felt all right but I wasn't good. I was far from that, that's for sure."
"Smitty had faced Arencibia four times and struck him out four times," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "That's the matchup we wanted. With Kawasaki, he just left the ball over the plate and Bourny mishandled it for the unearned run."
The Indians rallied in the bottom of the inning off Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, who had converted 17 of 18 save chances. Asdrubal Cabrera's two-out single and Kawasaki's throwing error cut the lead to 5-4 but Steve Delabar retired Michael Brantley on a fly ball for his first career save.
"We battled back at the end," Smith said. "If I could have given up one run, we would have won the game."
Neil Wagner (2-3) struck out Ryan Raburn with the bases loaded to end the eighth after the Indians tied the game on Brantley's single.
Indians starter Justin Masterson took a two-hit shutout into the seventh but Bonifacio's two-run single put the Blue Jays ahead.
The Indians tied the game in the eighth on Brantley's RBI single off All-Star reliever Brett Cecil.
The Blue Jays, who had been blanked in two of their last three games, struggled against Masterson. Toronto finally broke through thanks to two hits and a pair of walks.
Toronto starter Esmil Rogers allowed one run in six innings.
Adam Lind doubled with one out in the seventh and moved to third on a groundout. Izturis walked on four pitches before Thole walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Bonifacio, who struck out with a runner on third to end the fifth, lined a 2-1 pitch into right field to score Lind and Izturis, giving Toronto the lead.
The clutch hit came on Masterson's 120th and final pitch of the night. The right-hander, a member of the American League All-Star team, allowed four hits, struck out six and walked five.
"When I had the opportunity to finish off that inning I couldn't take advantage of it," Masterson said. "You're the guy. Tito (Francona) gave me the opportunity. It's unfortunate when you don't do that."
The Blue Jays were shut out by four pitchers in Monday's 3-0 loss to Cleveland.
Jason Giambi's RBI single gave Cleveland the lead in the second.
Masterson didn't allow a hit until Rasmus led off the fifth with a double. Masterson was coming off his shortest start of the season when he allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings in a 7-0 loss to Detroit on Friday. He threw a six-hit shutout in his start before against the Chicago White Sox.
Cabrera broke an 0-for-20 slump with a single in the first. Indians reliever Preston Guilmet made his major-leage debut in the seventh and retired both batters he faced.
Cleveland traded Rogers, who was making his eighth start of the season, to Toronto for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Yan Gomes in November. Rogers struck out seven and held Cleveland to four hits.
"We did a lot of good things today in a game that wasn't easy," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Masterson, he's had our number. But the guys battle, like they always do."
NOTES: RHP Danny Salazar will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make his major league debut Thursday against Toronto. "It was a shock when they told me. I didn't know what to say," said Salazar, who began the season at Double-A Akron. Francona expects Salazar to have the normal pre-game jitters all pitchers experience before their first start. "If he has any brains at all, he probably won't sleep a wink and he'll tell everybody tomorrow he did," Francona said. ... Brantley cut down Jose Reyes trying for a double with a strong throw from left field in the sixth. ... RHP Zach McAllister (sprained middle finger) will make a rehab start at Akron on Saturday. Francona said McAllister won't throw his curveball, which caused the injury, on Friday but will use it on his second rehab start. ... RHP R.A. Dickey will start for the Blue Jays in the series finale that will begin at 12:05 p.m.