American League Game Summary - Toronto at Cleveland|
(Thursday, April 5th)
Final Score: Toronto 7, Cleveland 4 (16 innings)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - J.P. Arencibia helped put an end to the
longest Opening Day game in major league history Thursday by crushing a go-
ahead three-run homer in the top of the 16th inning, leading the Toronto Blue
Jays to a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
The 16-inning marathon eclipsed the previous mark of a 15-inning affair
between the Indians and the Detroit Tigers on April 19, 1960.
Brett Lawrie started the rally with a leadoff walk and Omar Vizquel then
tapped one back to the mound, where pitcher Jairo Asencio (0-1) went for the
force out at second base but threw it wide, putting two runners on. Arencibia
followed with a monster blast into the left field seats on a hanging slider.
"I know it's day one and we've seen an awful lot in the first game," Blue Jays
manager John Farrell said. "But the one characteristic we had last year was a
relentless attitude and we came back a number of times, and today was another
Luis Perez (1-0) worked four scoreless innings to earn the victory and
new closer Sergio Santos got the final two outs in the bottom of the 16th for
Jose Bautista finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Edwin Encarnacion hit a
two-run double that tied the game in the ninth inning for the Blue Jays, who
have won three of their last four Opening Day games.
Jack Hannahan cracked a three-run homer and Casey Kotchman collected the
other RBI for the Indians, who lost their fourth straight game on Opening Day.
Cleveland wasted a fantastic outing from starter Justin Masterson, who went
eight strong innings and gave up just one run on two hits while fanning 10.
The 10 strikeouts for Masterson were the most by an Indians starter on Opening
Day since Sam McDowell whiffed 14 Baltimore Orioles in 1970, but the Tribe
couldn't hold the lead in the ninth inning.
Trailing 4-1 after eight, the Blue Jays battled back with three runs off
Indians closer Chris Perez, who allowed the first two runners in the frame to
reach base on singles by Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson. Bautista brought the
Jays within two on a sacrifice fly, and a double to left by Encarnacion later
in the frame brought home Johnson and pinch-runner Rajai Davis.
Toronto had an excellent chance to take the lead in the top of the 12th after
Escobar ripped a two-out double, Johnson walked and Bautista was intentionally
walked to load the bases. But Davis flied out to left to end the frame.
Cleveland had an opportunity to end it in the home half of the 12th when
Jason Kipnis walked, Hannahan singled and Michael Brantley walked to load the
bases with one out, but Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3
In the top of the 15th, the first two hitters reached on a walk and a single
for the Blue Jays. Davis then bunted fair up the third base line, but failed
to run out the play, resulting in a double play for Cleveland. Encarnacion
grounded out to end the frame.
"It's a long journey. It just started the wrong way," Indians manager Manny
Earlier, the Indians plated all four of their runs in the second inning.
Carlos Santana started the rally with a leadoff walk and a double by Shelley
Duncan put runners on second and third with one down. The Tribe collected
their first run on an RBI groundout by Kotchman, and Hannahan followed two
batters later with his three-run blast through the wind and over the right-
center field wall.
The Blue Jays cut into the lead in the fourth after Bautista deposited an 0-1
pitch from Masterson into the left field stands for his first homer of the
season, pulling Toronto within 4-1.
Toronto finished 81-81 last season, while the Indians were 80-82...The Blue
Jays bested the Indians in last year's season series, 4-3...Hannahan now has
three home runs in three career Opening Day starts...Blue Jays starter Ricky
Romero yielded four runs on three hits in five innings...Toronto last played
an extra-inning game on Opening Day in a 5-3 win over Detroit in 2007, while
the last extra-inning Opening Day tilt for the Indians came in a 7-4 loss to
the Twins in 2004...Game time: 5:14.
04/06 03:22:52 ET