Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Goins' hit caps comeback as Blue Jays beat Indians 8-7

Goins' hit caps comeback as Blue Jays beat Indians 8-7

The difference was Toronto starter Marco Estrada (2-2) steadied after serving up a two-homer to Cruz in the first inning.

Goins then lined Allen's first pitch into the right-field corner for his third hit of the game. His command has been inconsistent this season, as he's given up four or more walks in five of his starts this season.

"Coming back and bouncing back and getting back into a game is what we're all about", Goins said.

"I'm not concerned so far", Morales said through team translator, Josue Peley. "I was looking for a heater and got one over the plate".

De Jong (0-3) worked five innings and allowed six earned runs, seven hits and three walks.

"As hot as we were with the bat in Philadelphia, we've been just as cold here in Toronto", Servais said. Fatigue certainly could become an issue as playing time mounts beyond career norms and there is of course always the fear that the clock could strike midnight and these players will turn back into the pumpkins we were expecting. Gibbons on Goins and Barney seizing the opportunities presented to them due to all of the Toronto injuries to star this season: "Up here, (in the Major Leagues) everybody think they are an everyday player".

Leonel Campos, just called up from Triple-A, pitched a flawless ninth.

In Buffalo, he has a 2.31 ERA in 9 games.

The 33-year-old was removed after two innings against the Cleveland Indians on May 10, while he allowed seven runs on five hits.

But the relievers were fantastic, other than Leone's initial trouble (Brandon Guyer got him for a three-run double).

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In the bottom of the third inning, Pearce drove in Bautista when he lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.

Overall, the Mariners are fourth in all of baseball and second in the runs scored, so things could be worse.

After going 8-17 in April, the Blue Jays are 5-4 in May. The Reds won for the ninth time in 11 games and have won 15 of their last 20 games at AT&T Park going back to the 2012 NLDS. They're 6-1 in such games. They're also 6-2 in their last eight games versus American League West opponents, but have dropped 12 of their last 16 games following a win.

Indians: OF Abraham Almonte left with a sore right shoulder after flying out to end the top of the second.

Martin and his $20-million salary are now being replaced on the 25-man roster by a combination of Luke Maile and Michael Ohlman, who both carry a big league salary of $535,000* for the year.

"We've had a road trip where we really, as a club, haven't been swinging it", Francona said. C Yan Gomes (illness) was replaced by Roberto Perez in the bottom of the third.

The question most Jays fans would have been asking about Tuesday's starter Mike Bolsinger was whether it was the same pitcher who imploded in Montreal in the final weekend of the season and played himself off the opening day roster.

Gibbons said Morales will have an MRI on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki would begin a rehab assignment with Dunedin on Saturday. He recovered sufficiently overnight to play Wednesday but aggravated the ailment in running out a grounder late in the game. RHP Josh Tomlin (2-3, 7.13) will have an extra day of rest before facing the Twins. Verlander (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks and struck out seven in seven innings.

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