CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians jumped out to an early lead over the Blue Jays Sunday afternoon. But unlike the last two games, the Tribe’s bullpen finally made it stand up.
Carlos Santana put the good guys on the board in the second inning with his first home run.
Later that inning, Jack Hanahanan followed it up with an RBI single, scoring Casey Kotchman for a 2-0 lead.
Toronto tied the game in the fourth, before Santana struck again, lining his second homer of the game just over the right field wall to make it 4-2, Indians.
Unlike opening day, Chris Perez closed the door on a Blue Jays rally, getting Jose Bautista to pop out with the bases loaded.
Indians win their first game of the season, 4-3.
The Tribe’s opening home-stand continues Monday, when the Chicago White Sox visit Progressive Field.
Josh Tomlin will make his first start of the season for the Indians, while the Sox will send Chris Sale to the mound.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.