Indians 4, Blue Jays 2

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TORONTO -- Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run home run and right-hander Justin Masterson allowed three hits and one run over six innings as the Cleveland Indians spoiled the Toronto Blue Jays' opening night with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night.

It was a disappointing opening night for a sellout crowd of 48,857 at Rogers Centre because of the high expectations for the Blue Jays (0-1) who made several big moves in the offseason to become contenders.

Masterson (1-0) worked on the wild side in the early innings escaped with one run allowed, three hits, four walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Chris Perez pitched the ninth to earn the save despite giving up a two-out double to J.P. Arencibia as the Indians (1-0) outhit the Blue Jays 6-4.

R.A. Dickey (0-1) who won the National League Cy Young Award with the New York Mets before being traded in the offseason to Toronto allowed five hits -- including Cabrera's homer in the fifth -- four walks and four runs, three earned, while striking out four in six innings. The knuckleballer made one wild pitch while Arencibia was charged with three passed balls.

Joe Smith took over from Masterson in the seventh and had a 1-2-3 inning before being replaced for the eighth by Vinnie Pestano who also set the Blue Jays down in order.

Left-hander Aaron Loup replaced Dickey and pitched 1 1/3 innings before allowing a walk to Michael Brantley in the eighth. Sergio Santos took over and allowed a double to Carlos Santana to move Brantley to third. But Santos struck out his next two batters to keep the Blue Jays within three runs. Left-hander Brett Cecil retired the Indians in order in the ninth.

The Blue Jays had a possible first-inning rally blunted after Melky Cabrera's lineout to shortstop resulted in a double play when Jose Reyes was caught off first base.

The Indians scored twice in the second inning, aided by two passed balls charged to Arencibia. Michael Brantley led off with a single. He took second on a passed ball with one out. Mark Reynolds walked. A passed ball put the runners at second and third. Lonnie Chisenhall's groundout to shortstop scored one run and a single to left by Drew Stubbs scored the second. One of the runs was earned.

The Blue Jays scored one run in the third after loading the bases with none out. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single to right field and continued to second on Stubbs' error on the drive. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases. But Adam Lind's hard smash to short that nearly knocked down Asdrubal Cabrera was turned into a double play as a run scored.

Asdrubal Cabrera gave Cleveland a 4-1 lead when his homer to right followed Michael Bourn's leadoff single.

NOTES: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (left oblique strain) has resumed throwing in Dunedin, Fla., and could play in a minor-league game by the weekend. ... Asdrubal Cabrera made his fourth consecutive opening day start at shortstop for the Indians after being the opening day second baseman for two years in a row. Cabrera is the third opening day shortstop for the Indians over the past 20 years with Omar Vizquel (1994-2004) and Jhonny Peralta (2005-2009) ... Toronto put right-handers Michael Schwimer (right lat strain) and Dustin McGowan (right shoulder strain) on the disabled list to start the season. ... After the three-game series in Toronto, the Indians travel to play the Tampa Bay Rays for three games at Tropicana Field, giving them six consecutive games on artificial turf to open the season after which all of their remaining regular-season games are on natural grass.
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