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Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio Attendance: 0
Hernández, Tellez HR, Jays beat Indians 4-1 in opener
By STEVE HERRICK
CLEVELAND (AP) Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez homered in the fourth inning off Aaron Civale, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday.
Civale (7-2) is tied for the AL lead in wins, but the two solo homers pushed Toronto's lead to 3-0.
Ross Stripling (1-3) held Cleveland to one run and two hits in five innings. Jordan Romano allowed a single in the seventh and picked up his third save.
Stripling recorded his first win since joining the Blue Jays in August. The right-hander, believing he might have been tipping his pitches in previous outings, changed where he places his hands during his delivery.
"Pitching with confidence and conviction is maybe over half the battle," he said. "It's such a game changer when you can rear back on a 2-1 count and challenge a hitter with your stuff and feel like you're going to have success."
Josh Naylor hit a leadoff homer in the Cleveland fifth.
The doubleheader ends an unusual weekend series at Progressive Field. The teams played through rain and wind gusts of 45 mph Friday night before the game was finally called in the bottom of the seventh with Toronto winning 11-2. The Indians postponed Saturday's game due to high winds.
The postponement led to scheduling quirks. The Blue Jays and Indians are in a stretch of both teams playing five straight seven-inning games, including Friday night.
Toronto played a doubleheader Thursday at the New York Yankees. The Indians are playing back-to-back doubleheaders. Cleveland hosts the Chicago White Sox on Monday, which includes the makeup of an April 21 postponement.
Civale was pulled after the first two hitters in the sixth reached base. The right-hander was charged with four runs and 10 hits.
Hernandez led off the fourth by hitting the first pitch of the inning for his eighth home run of the season. Tellez connected with one out for his third homer. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
The conditions Sunday were much improved with sunny skies, a game-time temperature of 59 degrees and 15 mph winds, but the Indians struggled defensively when Toronto scored in the third. Joe Panik's popup to center field fell in when shortstop Amed Rosario seemed to lose the ball in the sun after calling for it.
After a sacrifice and an infield hit, Bo Bichette hit what should have been an inning-ending double play grounder to second baseman Owen Miller, but Rosario's wide throw to first caused Jake Bauers to make a long reach for the ball, which he couldn't glove. Panik scored and Bichette was given an RBI.
Indians bench DeMarlo Hale filled in for manager Terry Francona, who attended his youngest daughter Jamie's wedding in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Blue Jays begin playing their home games in Buffalo at their Triple-A affiliate on Tuesday night against Miami. Manager Charlie Montoyo planned to visit Sahlen Field on Sunday night after the team flew in from Cleveland. The team is scheduled to work out Monday. The Blue Jays played 26 games in Buffalo last season.
The Blue Jays played their first 21 home games this season at their spring training site in Dunedin, Florida. Toronto also hopes to be playing finally having a home crowd advantage, which wasn't the case in Florida.
"Those last four games against the Rays at home in Dunedin, they were all cheering for the Rays, technically in our home stadium," Stripling said. "To have fans in the stands that are cheering for us and want us to win, that will be a big difference."
EYEING THE FORECAST
Temperatures in the Cleveland area reached 80 degrees last weekend when the Minnesota Twins were in town. The conditions for this series were a major adjustment.
"You know what, I hope Cleveland weather - the good weather - is here to stay," Hale said. "We went from having fans in the dugout before we went on the road to having a heater again."
Blue Jays: RHP Carl Edwards was added to the roster as the 27th man for the doubleheader. RHP Ty Tice was designated for assignment.
Indians: INF Ernie Clement was called up from Triple-A Columbus to be the 27th man.
Steven Matz (6-2) starts for Toronto against Sam Hentges (1-1) in a matchup of left-handers.
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Updated May 30, 2021