Jays Spoil Tribe’s Vacation Plans; Blue Jays 7, Indians 1

By Craig Gifford

After a mostly successful start to the baseball season, the Cleveland Indians are limping into the All-Star break.

The Tribe lost its third straight game Sunday to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, falling a half-game out of first place, behind the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland goes into the break at 47-42, with the Tigers standing at 49-43.

Following a dramatic comeback victory Thursday night against these same Blue Jays, the Indians fell short in the next three, all at Progressive Field.

Sunday’s game provided little for the Wahoo Warriors to be thrilled about.

Carlos Carrasco, who will come out of the break as the Indians’ No. 3 pitcher, was roughed up for a second straight start. He gave up five runs, all earned, in three innings of work. His record fell to 8-6.

The offense showed little fire power. Despite collecting eight hits, a Lou Marson double was the only one the Tribe received for extra bases. First baseman Carlos Santana provided the most spark, picking up a pair of singles.

Cleveland’s bullpen was the lone bright spot. The relievers, strong all season, gave up two runs over six innings. Both runs were allowed by Raphael Perez, who had an unually tough outing.

The Indians will now get three days off for the All-Star break to regroup. They will resume play Thursday when they kick off a four-game set in Baltimore with the Orioles. They will then travel to Central-Division rival Minnesota, before returning home.

Photo: National Post

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