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CLEVELAND -- First baseman Edwin Encarnacion's RBI single capped a two-run seventh inning, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians Friday night at Progressive Field.

Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison held Cleveland scoreless on five hits through the first five innings. With the Blue Jays leading 1-0, the Indians scored twice in the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis led off the inning with an infield single. Slumping third baseman Carlos Santana then belted his first home run of the season, a towering drive into the seats in right field. The home run snapped an 0-for-12 slide for Santana, who also had just one hit in 30 at bats prior to the home run.

Hutchison, who pitched six scoreless innings in his last start, against Baltimore, was very good again. In 5 1/3 innings Hutchison gave up two runs on eight hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson was removed from the game after issuing a one-out walk to shortstop Ryan Goins in the seventh inning. Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski gave up back-to-back singles to left fielder Melky Cabrera and second baseman Munenori Kawasaki. The single by Kawasaki drove in Goins with the tying run.

A throwing error by catcher Yan Gomes moved the runners to second and third, and right-hander Chad Allen intentionally walked designated hitter Jose Bautista to load the bases with one out.

Encarnacion lined a single to center, driving in Cabrera to give Toronto a 3-2 lead. Allen then got catcher Dioner Navarro to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Cabrera had four hits for the Blue Jays, matching his career high. Right-hander Steve Delabar (1-0) got the win for Toronto. Right-hander Sergio Santos pitched the ninth to pick up his fifth save. Rzepczynski (0-1) took the loss.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. With one out, center fielder Colby Rasmus doubled off the wall in left center. After a wild pitch from Masterson moved Rasmus to third, he scored when third baseman Brett Lawrie reached on an infield single.

Cleveland had a great chance to score in the bottom of the fourth, which began with a single to right by left fielder Michael Brantley. But Hutchison struck out the next three batters in order to keep the score 1-0.

Toronto threatened to extend its lead in the fifth when Cabrera stroked his third single of the game and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. But Masterson struck out designated hitter Bautista and retired Encarnacion on a ground ball to end the threat.

NOTES: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to be activated off the disabled list on Saturday. Reyes has been on the DL since straining his left hamstring in his first at-bat in the opener. ... Before the game, Toronto optioned OF Anthony Gose to Triple-A Buffalo. Gose served as the 26th man in the doubleheader against Minnesota on Thursday. ... Indians manager Terry Franona said DH Jason Giambi will likely be activated off the disabled list on Monday. Giambi has been on the DL since opening day because of a fractured rib.
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