Indians 6, Blue Jays 3, 10 innings

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TORONTO (AP)—Grady Sizemore might have ended two slumps with one swing.

Sizemore hit a two-run double in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Thursday.

John McDonald and Matt Lawton homered for the Indians, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak.

Sizemore ended a 1-for-11 skid with his double. The Indians’ slump dropped them eight games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central. They’re now seven games behind.

“We’ve been struggling lately, but it’s nice to get these last two games going into a big series against Chicago,” said Sizemore, whose team also trails the White Sox in the AL Central. “I didn’t feel great at the plate today, but when you can finish strong it helps you in the next game.”

Ben Broussard and Jody Gerut singled in the 10th before Sizemore doubled to left off Kerry Ligtenberg (1-4). McDonald followed with an RBI single.

Rafael Betancourt (5-5) pitched the ninth inning for the win. Bob Wickman worked the 10th for his second save in three chances.

Betancourt allowed four runs in Tuesday’s 7-6 loss.

“It was good to see Betancourt come back,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “He was much better.”

Ligtenberg has a 6.18 ERA in 42 games. He signed a $4.5 million, two-year contract last winter.

“My slider hasn’t been as good as it has in the past,” Ligtenberg said.

Toronto starter David Bush walked the first two batters of the game—Lawton and Omar Vizquel—before Broussard hit an RBI double. Casey Blake followed with a fly ball to left that would have scored Vizquel, but Broussard tagged up from second and was thrown out at third by Reed Johnson before Vizquel touched home plate.

Frank Menechino tied it in the bottom half with a home run, the fourth time in his career he’s led off the first with a homer.

McDonald homered in the second. Kevin Cash hit an RBI single in the bottom half off Chad Durbin.

Chris Gomez hit a sacrifice fly in the third, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead. Lawton tied it with his homer off Bush in the sixth.

Durbin allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings in his first start since replacing Kazuhito Tadano in the starting rotation.

Notes

Indians C Victor Martinez missed the game with a strained right hamstring. … Toronto DH Josh Phelps sat out with a stiff neck. … The Indians are 10-0 when Wickman pitches. … McDonald was a late replacement for second baseman Lou Merloni, scratched shortly before gametime because of a sore elbow.

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