CLEVELAND (AP)—With all the adversity the Cleveland Indians have faced this season, a four-run deficit in the third inning wasn’t a big deal.
“We’ve had to battle through a lot of things already, but we’ve hung in there,” Grady Sizemore said after his tiebreaking double in the eighth inning helped the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Thursday night and complete a three-game sweep.
“This team doesn’t get down on itself,” Sizemore said. “We keep fighting.”
“We never think we’re out of a game,” Martinez said. “We always think we can come back and win.”
“I got ahead in the count, which helped because he had to stay around the plate,” Sizemore said. “I was looking for something I could drive and I hit it up the gap.”
Sizemore’s drive bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double.
“I tried to sneak in a pitch and he got into it,” Frasor said.
It was a tough series for the Blue Jays. Toronto hit three home runs off Indians ace C.C. Sabathia in the first inning of the opener, but dropped a 12-4 decision. The Indians won Wednesday night’s game 7-6 in 12 innings.
“It’s good to get out of town, I’ll tell you that,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Barfield was thrown out at the plate in the fourth when he ran standing up into catcher Jason Phillips, triggering players from dugouts and bullpens to run onto the field. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected.
Lee, sidelined since early in spring training because of a pulled abdominal muscle, was activated before the game and allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings. He struck out four, walked one and threw 97 pitches.
“I don’t think I’m ever happy giving up five runs in six innings, but we won,” he said. “That’s the main thing.”
Cleveland pulled within a run in the bottom half on RBI singles from Barfield and Martinez around a run-scoring wild pitch.
“We had a lot of big hits,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “A lot of guys stepped up and had good at-bats. That’s been a big key for us.”
Barfield tried to score from first base with two outs in the fourth when center fielder Alex Rios dropped Sizemore’s sinking line drive for an error. David Dellucci, the Indians’ on-deck hitter, and players ran onto the field after that. A fan seated behind home plate also ran on the field and he raced toward center field. He took his shirt off, attempted a back flip, went prone on the field and put his hands behind his back before being arrested.
“It was kind of an awkward play, but it wasn’t a cheap shot,” Barfield said. “I ran into him, but it was just a baseball play.”
“I got excited,” Phillips said. “I hadn’t been run over in a while. Dellucci was sticking up for his teammate.”
After Phillips doubled in the sixth, he and Barfield talked about the play.
“He was yelling after I ran into him, but he said he wasn’t yelling at me,” Barfield said. “It’s over with. We’ll put it behind us.”
Martinez tied the game with another RBI single in the fifth, and Ryan Garko put the Indians ahead 5-4 when he drove in a run with his first career triple. Phillips’ RBI double retied it in the sixth.
Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells missed Thursday’s game because of flu. … Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, who left Wednesday’s game with a strained left abdominal muscle, will likely be placed on the DL in the next day or two. … 3B Casey Blake, hitless in his last nine at-bats, didn’t play.