The Indians overtook second place in the AL Central by taking two of three from the now third-place Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. On Monday, Ben Broussard hit his second career grand slam and Omar Vizquel, Travis Hafner and Casey Blake added solo home runs to lead the Indians over the White Sox 13-11.
Nearly blowing an 8-0 lead, Cleveland hung on for its fifth win in six games. Indians starter Jake Westbrook sailed through the first five innings, blanking the White Sox on two hits. But Chicago scored seven times off Westbrook and reliever David Riske in the sixth.
“This was one of those games, back and forth all night long,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “Both teams were battling to the final out.”
Vizquel and Hafner hit back-to-back homers in the first. Broussard hit his second career grand slam—both this season at U.S. Cellular Field—to cap a five-run burst in the third.
Following this series, the Indians will begin a three-game set with the first-Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Indians trail the Twins by five games.
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, got their first win under new manager John Gibbons on Monday, topping the New York Yankees 5-4
Gibbons, a former catcher who had 50 career at-bats over 18 games with the New York Mets in 1984, 1986 and 1987, became the first visiting manager in 44 years to win his major league debut at Yankee Stadium.
“You can’t pick a better place,” he said Monday.
Toronto fired manager Carlos Tosca after Sunday’s 8-2 loss to New York and replaced him for the rest of the season with the 42-year-old Gibbons, who had been the Blue Jays’ first-base coach since Tosca took over from Buck Martinez on June 3, 2002.
Gibbons found out after Sunday’s game that general manager J.P. Ricciardi was making him manager for the rest of the season. With Monday’s victory over the Yankees, the Blue Jays stopped a five-game losing streak. Still, Toronto is 48-64, last in the AL East.
Josh Towers, who allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings to get the win.
“It was pretty much a perfect game,” Gibbons said of his team’s performance. “Everything lined up the way you hope it does every night.”