(SportsNetwork.com) – The Toronto Blue Jays have struggled on their road trip
and hope to find success when they commence a four-game set Thursday against
the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
The Blue Jays are 1-5 on the trek, losing all three games in Tampa Bay and two
of three matchups with Boston.
In Wednesday’s 4-1 loss at Fenway Park, R.A. Dickey was roughed up for four
runs and nine hits in seven innings to fall to 0-3 on the season.
“Dickey pitched good enough to win, we just couldn’t get anything going,” Jays
manager John Gibbons said. “Holding them to four runs at Fenway Park is a
pretty good feat.”
Toronto took a 1-0 lead when Kevin Pillar came home on Josh Thole’s fielder’s
choice in the second inning. David Ortiz tied the game with an RBI single in
the third inning and Hanley Ramirez followed with a home run for a 3-1 score.
Mookie Betts closed the scoring with a run-scoring single in the seventh.
The Jays produced only three hits and are 5-7 on the road.
Daniel Norris draws the start for Toronto and is 1-1 with a 4.43 earned run
average in four starts. He did not record a decision in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at
Tampa Bay and was touched for only a run in seven innings with a season-high
seven strikeouts and three walks.
Norris, a left-hander, has never faced Cleveland.
Cleveland ended a four-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 7-5 victory over
the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a three-game series.
Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI, while Roberto
Perez went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored for the
Indians. Michael Bourn was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Danny Salazar is now 3-0 for the Tribe and lasted six innings in the start,
allowing four runs and six hits with seven K’s and no walks.
“I thought he threw the ball well,” Perez said of his battery mate. “The
beginning of the first inning, he was throwing the ball a little up, but we
All three of Salazar’s wins have followed Cleveland losses.
Zach McAllister threw two scoreless innings of relief and Cody Allen notched
his fourth save in the ninth inning.
TJ House hopes to keep the Indians on the winning side of things when he toes
the rubber Thursday. House is 0-3 with a less-desirable 12.60 earned run
average and pitched only three innings in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Detroit,
where he was reached for three runs and four hits.
House walked four and struck out three. The left-hander has allowed 14 runs in
his appearances this season and will see Toronto for the first time.
The Indians went 2-4 against the Blue Jays last season.