Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Indians skipper Manny Acta warned everyone that it was likely that starter Ubaldo Jimenez wouldn’t be able to go the remainder of the year without a poor outing.
Saturday, his prophesy came true in Toronto.
Jimenez was beat up as the Indians fell to the Jays 11-9 a night after Justin Masterson led them to a 1-0 win with the only run coming off a Travis Hafner solo homer in the 2nd inning.
Saturday was quite the different story, as the two offenses combined for 20 runs on 25 hits. The Jays built their big lead with an 8-run third inning, and the Indians made it close with a five-run eighth.
Jimenez falls to 8-8, as he went just 2.1 innings, allowing 8 runs on seven hits with four walks and just two strikeouts. It’s the first time since May 27th in Chicago vs the Sox that he’s allowed more than four runs in an outing.
Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs for the Jays, and Yunel Escobar also went deep for Toronto, who improve to .500 at 44-44 on the season.
The loss puts the Indians at 45-42.
Encarnacion and Escobar both hit two-run shots in Toronto’s highest-scoring inning of the season, that being their 8-run third to make it a 10-2 game. The Blue Jays had eight hits in the inning, six of them for extra bases.
The Indians offense had their moments, with Shelley Duncan, Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman all going deep. Brantley and Duncan each had three hits, with Brantley now hitting .299 and Duncan .235.
Adam Lind had four hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays.
Former Indian thrower Aaron Laffey (1-1) worked five innings for his first victory since Sept. 17, 2011, when he beat Toronto while pitching in relief for the New York Yankees. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out four.
Casey Janssen got the final four outs for his 13th save in 14 chances.
The Indians pen was also unable to hold the game in check, as Scott Barnes allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings, and Jeremy Accardo allowed a run on two hits in two innings.
The finale of the set is on Sunday at 1:07pm as Derek Lowe goes for the Indians against Carlos Villanueva for the Jays. The Tribe will then stay on the road as they start a four-game set vs the Rays Monday in Tampa.