Cleveland Indians fans are getting their money’s worth this year.
Two games into the season, the Tribe and Blue Jays needed extra innings to decide a winner. The Blue Jays used a Rajai Davis two-run double in the 12th inning to rally and beat the Indians 7-4 in 12 innings.
Once again, the Tribe got a solid performance from their starting pitcher. Ubaldo Jimenez went seven innings, gave up two runs on one hit and struck out three. Jimenez pitched on Saturday because he appealed a five-game suspension by Major League Baseball for plunking Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in Jimenez’s final outing of Spring Training. Before the game, Indians Manager Manny Acta said Jimenez most likely will drop his appeal and serve his five-game suspension.
Jason Kipnis gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning with a two-run home run.
Toronto came back and tied the game at two in the seventh. The Blue Jays regained the lead again in the ninth after a Kelly Johnson solo-shot home run. But the lead didn’t last, Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game at three a piece with his first home run of the 2012 season.
The Blue Jays blew the game open in the 12th and hung on for the win. The three-game series wraps up Sunday at Progressive Field. First pitch scheduled for 1:05.