CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays made a few defensive
replacements in the ninth inning Sunday.
The moves paid off immediately -- for the Cleveland Indians.
Throwing errors by catcher Kevin Cash and first baseman Frank
Catalanotto allowed two runs to score, helping the Indians win 5-4
and avoid a three-game sweep.
"As a defensive replacement, you want to go in and not be
seen," Cash said. "Today, obviously, I was seen a little bit."
With the Indians down 4-3, Tim Laker led off the ninth with a
single. Jhonny Peralta laid down a bunt two feet in front of home
plate that Cash threw into center field to put runners at second
Pinch-hitter Matt Lawton hit a grounder to first that
Catalanotto charged and threw past Cash, letting pinch-runner Angel
Santos and Peralta score.
Catalanotto pinch-hit in the ninth for starting catcher Tom
Wilson, then stayed in to play first base, replacing Josh Phelps.
Cash replaced Wilson.
Catalanotto, who has started only two games at first this
season, said he simply missed his target.
"I'm a big league player. I have to make those plays," he
said. "We should have won the game. It's tough to be the reason
when you lose."
Danys Baez (1-7) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for his
first win in exactly a year.
Jason Kershner (0-3) gave up a hit and two unearned runs. He
retired one batter in the eighth.
Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca refused to second-guess his
"If I had to do it all over again, I'd do it the same way,"
Tosca said. "Baez is real tough on right-handed hitters, so I
wanted to give Catalanotto a chance to swing the bat."
Catalanotto singled off Baez, but was stranded at second.
Tosca said Cash has played well behind the plate and that
Catalanotto, primarily an outfielder, is Toronto's best first
baseman after Carlos Delgado.
"Obviously, it's a tough way to lose a game," Tosca said. "We
haven't lost too many by throwing the ball around. Both guys had
more time than they probably realized. They got a little too
excited and tried to do too much."
The Blue Jays took a 4-3 lead on Phelps' two-run homer. His 15th
of the season capped a three-run sixth inning that started with
singles by Reed Johnson and Mike Bordick. Delgado also had an RBI
in the inning on a sacrifice fly.
Alex Escobar hit a solo home run for Cleveland and Brandon
Phillips got his first hit and RBI since he was recalled Thursday
from Triple-A Buffalo.
Indians manager Eric Wedge said he wasn't pleased with the way
his team played until the ninth.
"There was some bad baseball played out there off and on
today," Wedge said.
Cleveland starter Billy Traber was pulled when he hit Bobby
Kielty with a pitch after the homer by Phelps.
Toronto starter Mark Hendrickson went 4 1-3 innings, giving up
three runs on seven hits and two walks. It was the eighth time
Hendrickson has not made it out of the fifth inning.
Pete Walker pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the
Blue Jays. He allowed just a hit and a walk.
Escobar hit his second homer of the season in the third, a line
shot that a fan caught leaning over the railing of the 19-foot high
wall in left field.
Cleveland took an early lead when Phillips grounded out in the
second. Coco Crisp followed with an RBI single to put the Indians
Chris Woodward opened the third with a ground-rule double that
hit the right-field line for Toronto's first hit. Mike Bordick
drove Woodward home with a two-out double.
Cleveland SS Omar Vizquel was a late scratch from the
lineup because of soreness in his right knee. ... The Blue Jays had
won five straight at Jacobs Field. ... Crisp had two singles and
two steals. He was thrown out on his third stolen-base attempt. ...
The Blue Jays have not won a one-run game since June 27 and are
10-20 in one-run games.