Indians 9, Blue Jays 4


TORONTO – Casey Blake hit a three-run homer, Fausto Carmona won back-to-back starts for the first time in almost two months and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Saturday.

Blake’s homer, his second in as many days, was one of four by the Indians, who also got solo shots from Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore and Trot Nixon.

Carmona (10-4) allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings, walking three and striking out five. He won consecutive starts for the first time since May 12 and 17.

Along with left-hander C.C. Sabathia (12-3), Carmona gives the Indians two 10-win starters before the All-Star break for the first time since 1956, when Bob Lemon and Early Wynn both had 10 wins.

Toronto starter Shaun Marcum (4-3) lost for the first time in 11 starts since joining the rotation May 13. Marcum allowed eight runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

After Travis Hafner’s RBI double in the first, Cleveland scored five more in the second. Josh Barfield had an RBI single, Blake hit a three-run homer and Martinez followed with a solo blast.

It’s the fifth time this season the Indians have hit back-to-back home runs.

Martinez left the game in the bottom of the fifth with a bruised left knee and is listed as day to day. Martinez, who is on a 12-game hitting streak, was replaced by Kelly Shoppach.

Sizemore’s homer and a run-scoring single by Hafner made it 8-0 in the fourth before Nixon led off the fifth with a solo drive to left, his third of the season.

Toronto chased Carmona with a three-run sixth. Aaron Hill singled off the glove of Blake to score Frank Thomas, John McDonald hit an RBI single to right and Vernon Wells was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Rafael Perez came on and got Reed Johnson to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Alex Rios tripled to lead off the seventh and scored when Matt Stairs’ grounder went through the legs of first baseman Ryan Garko.

Rafael Betancourt worked two hitless innings before Joe Borowski closed it out in the ninth.

Notes: Outfielder Ben Francisco was the only Indians starter not to get a hit. … Hill snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single in the fourth. … The Blue Jays ended the fourth and sixth innings by grounding into bases-loaded double plays.

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