H E
Tor 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
Cle 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 4 6 2
Date of game: 4/8/2012

Recap: Cleveland vs. Toronto

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Derek Lowe pitched seven innings in his Cleveland debut and Carlos Santana hit a pair of home runs as the Indians avoided the sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays with a 4-3 victory.

Lowe (1-0), who was acquired from Atlanta in the offseason, gave up two unearned runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Santana hit a two-run and solo home run in the win for the Indians, who haven't been swept to start a season since 2009.

Joel Carreno (0-1) took the loss in his first Major League start as he gave up four runs on six hits over six innings for the Blue Jays. Kelly Johnson had two hits and scored twice, while Adam Lind added two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

This game was in stark contrast to the first two games of the series. Thursday's contest went 16 innings, an MLB record for an Opening Day contest, while Saturday's contest lasted 12 innings.

Cleveland took the lead in the first at-bat of the second when Santana hit a pitch over the wall in center. Later in the inning, Jack Hannahan singled home Casey Kotchman for a 2-0 lead.

Toronto tied the contest in the top of the fourth. Johnson beat out an infield single to start the inning and Lind later reached base on an error from Hannahan. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a run scoring double and Brett Lawrie's sacrifice fly made it a 2-2 game.

Santana, though, was at it again in the fifth inning. With two outs, Shin-Soo Choo kept the inning alive with a single and Santana followed by drilling a pitch over the right field wall for a 4-2 lead.

Lowe allowed a baserunner in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but escaped every time without allowing a run.

The Blue Jays, though, did get one back in the eighth off of Joe Smith. With one out, Johnson and Jose Bautista each singled and Lind followed with a single to make it a 4-3 game.

Vinnie Pestano then took the mound and struck out Encarnacion and Lawrie to end the frame.

Chris Perez came on in the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Eric Thames, but then got Colby Rasmus to fly out. Ben Francisco reached base on an error and, after Yunel Escobar struck out, Johnson walked to load the bases. Perez, though, got Jose Bautista to pop out near the mound for his first save of the season.

Game Notes

Toronto hosts the Red Sox for three games starting on Monday...Cleveland welcomes Chicago for three games beginning on Monday...Toronto hasn't won three straight to start a season since 1996...Lowe improved to 7-9 over 42 appearances (11 starts) against the Blue Jays in his career...Toronto had won five straight against the Indians.

Austin Peay dismisses running back Williams

Austin Peay State University said it has dismissed leading returning rusher Omar Williams from the football team for academic reasons on Friday.

NASCAR News
Harvick claims Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick became the eighth different pole winner in as many Sprint Cup Series races this season after posting the fastest lap in the final round of Friday's knockout-style qualifying for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Report: Raiders to cut Pryor if they can't trade him

The Oakland Raiders will cut quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday if they are unable to trade him, according to Fox Sports.

Brewers, Pirates benches empty after Gomez triple

Benches cleared and punches were thrown in Sunday's game between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park after Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez tripled off Gerrit Cole in the third inning.

Raptors GM Ujiri apologizes for expletive

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made disparaging remarks towards the Brooklyn Nets during a fan rally outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Blackhawks' Seabrook suspended 3 games

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games for his hit on St. Louis Blues captain David Backes late in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.baylorschool.org/summer
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
www.STNS.org
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
www.bojangles.com
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.