Toronto earned its 85th win with Saturday’s 5-4 victory.
“Eighty-five wins was a number that we thought, if we can get to it, would be indicative of the progress we’ve made,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.
The Blue Jays, who finished last season 78-84, made significant strides this season.
“We knew we’re going to have to win 95 to make the playoffs, but the number is a tangible thing to reflect on,” Tosca said. “We’ve made this much progress: Now, we’re 10 games away from where we really want to go.”
Carlos Delgado echoed his manager’s sentiments.
“This is by far the best team I’ve ever been on,” said Delgado, who has a team-high 41 home runs and an American League-leading 141 RBIs.
Josh Towers will take the mound for the Blue Jays on Sunday. The 26-year-old right-hander is 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in eight appearances at SkyDome.
Saturday’s loss was Cleveland’s first in six games at SkyDome.
Left-hander Terry Mulholland allowed five runs—four earned—and 10 hits in seven innings.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 22 1/2 GB, AL Central. Blue Jays - 3rd place, 14 1/2 GB, AL East.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Cliff Lee (3-2, 2.70 ERA). The left-hander allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings in Cleveland’s 2-0 loss to Boston last Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four road starts this season. This will be his first start against Toronto.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Towers (7-1, 4.92 ERA). Towers gave up four runs and seven hits over four innings in Toronto’s 8-5 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He was ejected from the game after throwing a pitch behind the Devil Rays’ Aubrey Huff. He has one save in his career against Cleveland.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Jody Gerut, .280 avg., 22 HRs and 75 RBIs; Casey Blake, 80 runs; Milton Bradley, 17 SBs. Blue Jays - Vernon Wells, .319 avg. and 117 runs; Delgado, 41 HRs and 141 RBIs; Eric Hinske, 12 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jays, 3-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - The Indians have 18 rookies on their roster. … 2B Brandon Phillips’ fielding error in the second allowed Toronto’s first run Saturday. … LHP Mulholland made his first start in Toronto since Game 6 of the 1993 World Series when he pitched for Philadelphia. The Blue Jays won the World Series when Joe Carter hit a game-winning three-run homer off Mitch Williams. Blue Jays - C Kevin Cash hit his first major league home run in the sixth inning Saturday. … RHP Roy Halladay went 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA in September. He finished the season with a 3.25 ERA and 203 strikeouts, three less than AL leader Pedro Martinez. … CF Wells, who leads the AL in hits, doubles, total bases and extra-base hits, had his 214th and 215th hits Saturday, setting a new single-season club record.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 30-50 on the road; Blue Jays - 40-40 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - 2B John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; OF Bradley (back), 15-day DL; OF Matt Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ryan Ludwick (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; SS-3B Ricky Gutierrez (back), 60-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 60-day DL. Blue Jays - LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL.
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