TORONTO — The Indians went into extra innings in only their second game of the season and the result was worth the extra suspense for Tribe fans.
Mark Reynolds ripped a solo, go ahead homer in the top of the 11th inning that paved the way for a 3-2 Tribe victory in Toronto.
Joe Smith, who pitched a perfect seventh inning in the season opener, was called on to close things in the bottom of the 11th. He got the job done, flashing some nifty glovework and athletic ability to get the second out of the inning.
Smith earned his first career save. Terry Francona used seven pitchers to get the win. The Tribe is now 2-0 on the year.
The Tribe opened the scoring in the top of the third inning, when Michael Brantley, who had four hits on the night, drove home the team’s first run. In the bottom of the same frame, Macier Izturis stroked a solo homer off Jimenez.
That was the lone bad moment for the Tribe righty. Jimenez went six solid innings and gave three hits, one run and struck out six.
Cleveland took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 8th inning when Carlos Santana grounded into a fielder’s choice to third. The throw to first got away and Michael Brantley came around to score.
Pestano did his job to protect the 2-1 lead in the 8th inning but closer Chris Perez was victimized by Joey Bautista in the 9th. His solo homer tied the game at two apiece.