Blue Jays 6, Indians 2

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TORONTO (AP)—Carlos Delgado put an exclamation point on his extremely impressive season.

Delgado hit a grand slam in his final at-bat and finished the year with a major league-leading 145 RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 Sunday.

“I ended up on a great note,” Delgado said. “When people ask ‘What did you do in your last at-bat?’ I can say I hit a grand slam, and I can say that for 4 1/2 months. It’s kind of cool.”

Delgado, who hit four home runs in a game Thursday night, hit his 42nd homer in the first inning. It was his second grand slam of the season and the ninth of his career.

The Toronto slugger began the day tied with Colorado’s Preston Wilson for the lead in RBIs. Wilson injured a finger Saturday night and was not listed in the starting lineup for the Rockies on Sunday.

Delgado hopes his 145 RBIs will help him win the AL MVP award.

“If that makes a difference that would be great,” he said. “I’m very proud of the way I finished up the season. Driving in runs is important to me because runs mean wins.”

The Blue Jays, who set a preseason goal of 85 victories, finished with 86 wins.

The Indians went 68-94, their worst record since going 57-105 in 1991.

“Our young players made progress,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. “They gained experience and they didn’t make any excuses. They just went about everything the way you’re supposed to do it.”

Cleveland starter Cliff Lee (3-3) walked the first batter he faced, Reed Johnson, before hitting Mike Bordick with a pitch. Lee then walked Vernon Wells before Delgado connected.

Toronto manager Carlos Tosca removed Delgado from the game before the top of the second. Delgado finished with a .302 average.

Before the game, the Blue Jays honored Delgado, Roy Halladay and Wells for setting team records this past week. SkyDome’s Jumbotron showed a video tribute and each player was presented with a crystal star from Tiffany’s.

Josh Towers (8-1) allowed just one run on seven hits, while striking out two and walking one in 7 2-3 innings.

Coco Crisp’s RBI single in the fifth scored Cleveland’s first run. Travis Hafner hit a solo home run in the ninth.

The Blue Jays added two runs in the seventh on Wells’ RBI grounder and on David Lee’s run-scoring wild pitch.

The Blue Jays attracted 1,799,458 fans this season, 162,554 more than lastseason.


The Blue Jays finished with their second-best year since winning the World Series in 1993. … The Indians have 18 rookies on their roster. … Toronto’s Trever Miller made his 79th appearance, the most by a left-hander in franchise history. … Delgado reached base for the 300th time, just the third time a Toronto player has accomplished that. John Olerud did it in 1993 andDelgado did it in 2000.

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