Toronto Continues Success Against Original Division With Wins v. Cleveland

August 25: Cleveland 15, Toronto 5

The Naps bats were explosive in the opener, led by Joe Jackson’s three singles, Al Rosen’s four hits that included a double and a triple, and Tris Speaker’s walk and four hits that included a double and a triple.

                   R  H BB
CLE 004 051 041 - 15 19  9
TOR 000 000 401 -  5  9  2

HR: J. Romano (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg    9.0  5  1  0  2  2  
S. Marcum   4.1  8  8  0  6  7 

CLE 61-66, TOR 53-73

August 26: Toronto 6, Cleveland 4

Nap Lajoie got to Roy Halladay for a single, double, and homer, but the rest of the Cleveland lineup was held mostly in check. The Naps were clinging to a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh but started it off with back-to-back errors by Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Both runners came around to score the tying and winning runs. Toronto catcher Ernie Whitt had a reach on error, two singles, and a homer.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 021 100 - 4  8  3
TOR 110 001 21x - 6 10  1

HR: N. Lajoie (4), E. Whitt (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      7.1  6  4  1  1  1  
R. Halladay  7.0  4  4  1  3  4 

CLE 61-67, TOR 54-73

August 27: Toronto 8, Cleveland 6

Cleveland starter Sam McDowell was cruising along through five shutout innings when Toronto ambushed him. The Jays loaded the bases on a Roberto Alomar hit and two walks, and Shawn Green followed them up with a grand slam. The Jays weren’t done in the sixth either – Kelly Gruber added a two-run shot a few batters later and McDowell got the hook.

The Naps stormed back to get within a run, and in the top of the ninth Lajoie led off with a single and stolen base, and Joe Jackson knocked him in with a single to tie it up. Jackson then got nailed on a steal attempt by usually weak-armed catcher Gregg Zaun and Henke got out of the inning with the game still tied.

Cleveland’s sloppy fielding came back to bite them again in the bottom of the ninth when Tris Speaker misplayed a ball in center field that allowed Shannon Stewart to get all the way to second base. Carlos Delgado walked-off the series winner with a double.

The teams split their six games together. The Blue Jays are a remarkable 17-16 against Original Division opponents, compared to 38-57 in their own division.

                  R  H BB
CLE 001 001 301 - 6 12  4
TOR 000 006 002 - 8  9  4

HR: S. Green (20), K. Gruber (7)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  5.2  6  6  2  3  7  
J. Key       6.0  4  4  0  1  3 

CLE 61-68, TOR 55-73

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