TORONTO (AP) -- Grady Sizemore might have ended two slumps with
Sizemore hit a two-run double in the 10th inning, and the
Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Thursday.John McDonald and Matt Lawton homered for the Indians, who have
won two straight following a four-game losing streak.Sizemore ended a 1-for-11 skid with his double. The Indians'
slump dropped them eight games behind first-place Minnesota in the
AL Central. They're now seven games behind."We've been struggling lately, but it's nice to get these last
two games going into a big series against Chicago," said Sizemore,
whose team also trails the White Sox in the AL Central. "I didn't
feel great at the plate today, but when you can finish strong it
helps you in the next game."Ben Broussard and Jody Gerut singled in the 10th before Sizemore
doubled to left off Kerry Ligtenberg (1-4). McDonald followed with
an RBI single.Rafael Betancourt (5-5) pitched the ninth inning for the win.
Bob Wickman worked the 10th for his second save in three chances.Betancourt allowed four runs in Tuesday's 7-6 loss."It was good to see Betancourt come back," Cleveland manager
Eric Wedge said. "He was much better."Ligtenberg has a 6.18 ERA in 42 games. He signed a $4.5 million,
two-year contract last winter."My slider hasn't been as good as it has in the past,"
Ligtenberg said.Toronto starter David Bush walked the first two batters of the
game -- Lawton and Omar Vizquel -- before Broussard hit an RBI
double. Casey Blake followed with a fly ball to left that would
have scored Vizquel, but Broussard tagged up from second and was
thrown out at third by Reed Johnson before Vizquel touched home
plate.Frank Menechino tied it in the bottom half with a home run, the
fourth time in his career he's led off the first with a homer.McDonald homered in the second. Kevin Cash hit an RBI single in
the bottom half off Chad Durbin.Chris Gomez hit a sacrifice fly in the third, giving Toronto a
3-2 lead. Lawton tied it with his homer off Bush in the sixth.Durbin allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings in his
first start since replacing Kazuhito Tadano in the starting
Indians C Victor Martinez missed the game with a strained
right hamstring. ... Toronto DH Josh Phelps sat out with a stiff
neck. ... The Indians are 10-0 when Wickman pitches. ... McDonald
was a late replacement for second baseman Lou Merloni, scratched
shortly before gametime because of a sore elbow.