Final: Cleveland 1, Toronto 5
TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays, fighting to stay alive in the American League championship series, fought all 9 innings to avoid a four-game sweep.
Josh Donaldson connected for a solo homer in the second off of Indian starter Corey Kluber. Ezequiel Carrera singled in another run for Toronto an inning later.
Roberto Perez doubled home a run for the Indians in the fifth.
Kluber lasted five innings giving up the two runs on four hits and striking out seven.
Aaron Sanchez has given up a run on two hits over six innings for the Blue Jays.
The National League Championship Series resumes tonight in Los Angeles after the Dodgers and Cubs split the first two games in Chicago. Reigning National league Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET’-uh) is getting the ball for the Cubs against Rich Hill. Despite the fact the Cubs had the best record in baseball this season, the Dodgers are very confident. They view this now as a best of five series with three of the games in their park. The Dodgers like the odds as they had a home record this season of 53-28. Two months ago, L.A. took two of three from the Cubs in Dodger Stadium.
But the Cubs have Arrieta on the mound and he has been baseball’s best starting pitcher over the last two seasons, going 40-14 with a 2.39 earned run average over 64 starts. And the good news for Cubs fans is the fact that Arrieta enjoys pitching in Dodger Stadium as he tossed a no-hitter their last season.
Following tonight’s game the clubs will resume play Wednesday evening, once again in Los Angeles.