Blue Jays 4, Indians 3
TORONTO (AP)—Manager John Gibbons would prefer to not have to use closer B.J. Ryan for more than one inning, yet he keeps doing it.
Ryan has 13 saves of more than one inning.
“You hate to do it. You look at Papelpon and Rivera,” Gibbons said of Boston’s and New York’s closers, who both have injuries.
Ryan signed a five-year, $55 million contract in the offseason and Gibbons says he wants to protect the investment.
“You want him for five, not one,” Gibbons said.
Ryan loaded the bases in the eighth, but he escaped the jam. He finished with 33 pitches.
“It’s just the managers preference,” Ryan said. “If they feel the closer can give 1 1-3, and it won’t catch up with him long term, it’s fine.”
The Blue Jays entered the day two games behind Boston for second place in the AL East. The last time Toronto finished higher than third place was in 1993, when they won the division and the World Series. The Red Sox were set to host the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
Sabathia gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings.
“I had to battle. I didn’t have good command,” Sabathia said. “I got behind a lot guys. I couldn’t get ahead of guys.”
Brandon League (1-2) pitched an inning for the victory.
“We just couldn’t get it done,” Cleveland’s Grady Sizemore said.
Travis Hafner—Cleveland’s leader in home runs and RBI—missed his third straight game with a bruised right hand. He’s day-to-day
Toronto’s Jason Phillips hit an RBI grounder in the second and Johnson hit a solo shot off Sabathia in the second. It was Johnson’s 12th homer of the season.
Luna led off the fifth with a homer off Toronto starter Shaun Marcum, his first homer of the season. Sizemore and Casey Blake later followed with consecutive singles before Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly, tying it at 2.
Canadian golfer Mike Weir took batting practice before the game and threw the ceremonial first pitch. … Lyle Overbay replaced Phillips at 1B to start the seventh. Overbay missed the previous game because of illness. … Garko placed 1B in place of Hafner. … Ryan has pitched more than an inning in 13 of his saves.