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Thursday, May 15th (All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (19-21) at Toronto Blue Jays (20-21), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Danny Salazar (1-3, 5.65) Toronto - J.A. Happ (1-1, 4.63)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The suddenly potent Cleveland Indians can make it seven wins in nine games on Thursday night, when they return to Rogers Centre to close out a three-game series with the host Toronto Blue Jays.
Cleveland had lost six in a row in road trips to San Francisco and Anaheim, but it has since rebounded to average better than six runs per game while batting a combined .303 as a team.
The Indians downed the Blue Jays, 15-4, on Wednesday in what was their highest scoring game of the season.
"That makes you feel good when you're getting contributions all up and down," manager Terry Francona said. "That's the kind of team we have to be."
Taking the mound alongside the burgeoning offensive output is right-hander Danny Salazar, who is 0-5 with a 4.26 earned run average in nine previous outings away from home. He did defeat Toronto, 4-2, to score a home win during his rookie season last year.
In his last start, on Wednesday in Cleveland, he allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings en route to a no-decision in the Indians' 4-3 defeat of Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will attempt to get to 5-4 on their current homestand behind lefty J.A. Happ, who'll start for the third time this season after beginning the year on the disabled list with back problems.
He was a 3-0 winner at Philadelphia on May 5, but followed the triumph with a 5-3 loss against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday. He pitched just 2 1/3 innings in the loss and allowed four runs.
"You try to pitch and you try to execute, and it was certainly frustrating," Happ said.
In his only career start against Cleveland, while with Houston in 2012, he went seven innings and allowed four hits in a 7-1 victory.
On Wednesday, David Murphy went 5-for-6 with five RBI to lead the Indians to the 11-run drubbing of the Blue Jays.
Carlos Santana finished with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored, Yan Gomes stroked a three-run homer and Asdrubal Cabrera added three hits with three runs scored for the Indians.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (4-3) struck out nine over seven innings of two-run ball.
Lonnie Chisenhall had a career-high five hits in the win.
Brett Lawrie, Jose Bautista, Juan Francisco and Josh Thole each knocked in a run for Toronto.
Dustin McGowan (2-2) had a rough outing, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks over four-plus innings.
Toronto took two of three from the Tribe earlier in the year.
05/15 10:23:55 ET
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