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Indians Vs. Blue Jays Final: Tribe Finally Runs Out Of Rallies As Toronto Wins In 10, 5-4


Recap via SB Nation and Sports Network *

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Jose Bautista belted a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the top of the tenth inning, to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Bautista now has 31 home runs on the season, which is tops in all of baseball. His 31 home runs makes him the Blue Jays’ franchise leader in home runs before the All-Star break, topping the 29-home run effort of George Bell in 1987. Bautista also is the first AL player to have at least 30 homers at the All-Star break since Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees had 30 in 2007.

Adam Lind added three hits and one RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won the last two contests of this four-game series.

Jon Rauch (3-3) suffered his third blown save of the year, but was bailed out by Bautista. Shawn Camp retired the side in order in the bottom of the 10th for his first save of 2011.

Travis Buck ripped an RBI double to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth while Grady Sizemore clubbed a two-run homer for the Indians. Matt LaPorta added an RBI in defeat.

Chris Perez (2-4) gave up the deciding home run.

UPDATE -- The Indians kept their hold on first place even with their loss tonight when the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 13-6. Cleveland will take a half-game lead into the last game before the All-Star break when they face the Blue Jays at 1:05 on Sunday afternoon.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.