Blue Jays 7, Indians 6
Menechino drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning after Carlos Delgado’s tying two-run homer Tuesday night in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Toronto trailed 5-1 in the fifth and 5-3 in the eighth, when the Blue Jays sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times to take the lead.
Alex Rios led off with a single against Rafael Betancourt (4-5), and Delgado hit his 16th homer to tie it.
Betancourt then loaded the bases by allowing a single by Vernon Wells, walking Frank Catalanotto and intentionally walking Gregg Zaun. Rick White came in and got the first out, but his 3-2 slider to Menechino was ruled a ball, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
White asked Menechino if it was strike.
“I didn’t want to laugh about it. I told him what he wanted to hear,” Menechino said. “He’s my friend.”
Catcher Victor Martinez was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing the call.
“If he didn’t get thrown out I was going to. He just beat me to it,” White said.
Chris Gomez followed with an RBI single for a 7-5 lead.
“It’s a tough loss,” White said. “We’re in a pennant race. Every win counts.”
Blake hit a two-run homer off Miguel Batista in the fourth, and Hafner hit a two-run shot off Batista in the fifth, giving Cleveland a 5-1 lead.
Zaun’s leadoff homer in the fifth cut it to 5-2. Berg followed with a double, and after Chris Gomez singled to right, outfielder Jody Gerut’s throw bounced in front of first baseman Ben Broussard, allowing Berg to score on the error.
Cleveland starter Scott Elarton allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He’s won just one of his last 19 starts.
Cleveland’s bullpen has saved just 18 of their 42 opportunities. … Wells robbed Blake of extra bases with a leaping grab at the center-field wall in the eighth. Wells played despite leaving Monday night’s game in the fifth inning with a bruised left calf. Wells, who fouled a ball off the calf, also went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. … Indians SS Omar Vizquel left in the eighth with a bruised left foot. John McDonald replaced him to start the bottom of the inning.