TORONTO — Justin Masterson out-pitched Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey on Tuesday night, and that led the way to a 4-1 Tribe win at the Rogers Centre in Toronto to start the season.
Cleveland got two runs off Dickey in the second inning on their way to the victory. A Lonnie Chisenhall ground-out brought in the first run and new Indian Drew Stubbs brought home the second with an RBI single.
The big hit of the night came off the bat of Asdrubal Cabrera. He stroked a two run homer off Dickey in the fifth inning to give Cleveland 4-1 lead.
Masterson was superb. He threw 6 innings of 3 hit baseball and struck out 5 Blue Jays. The Blue Jays touched him for just one run in the third inning as Cabrera crafted a nifty double play with the bases loaded.
Dickey went 6 innings and gave up 5 hits and allowed 3 earned runs.
More excellent glovework aided Indians pitchers. Jason Kipnis with a sliding play, followed by Nick Swishers nice pick up on a shot down the right field line.
Not to be outdone, Drew Stubbs ran down a liner in right field and slide into the padded stands.
The Bullpen Mafia came on, as Joe Smith needed 8 pitches, and Vinnie Pestano threw 14 to silence Jays bats in the 7th and 8th innings.
Chris Perez came on in the ninth. The controversial closer got the job done, allowing a double, and nothing more. Tribe wins 4-1.
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