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Villanueva pitches Blue Jays past Indians

3:03 PM, Jul 15, 2012   |    comments
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Toronto, ON -- Carlos Villanueva seems to be getting used to his role as a starter in Toronto.

If he pitches like he did on Sunday, it means trouble for some of the other American League clubs.

Villanueva pitched six shutout innings for the second consecutive outing, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, to win a three-game series at Rogers Centre.

Injuries to Toronto's rotation forced Villanueva (4-0) to take a starting role, and his last three appearances -- Nos. 23, 24 and 25 this season -- have been his first starts of the season. After allowing three runs in five innings on June 29, he's put together a 12-inning scoreless streak.

He allowed only three hits and five walks on Sunday along with a career-high eight strikeouts to help the Blue Jays win for the third time in four games.

Colby Rasmus continued his solid production for Toronto, driving in his 33rd run in the last 35 games. Darren Oliver picked up his first save of the season and the sixth of his 19-year career.

Derek Lowe (8-7) allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in six innings, not enough to help the Indians avoid their third loss in four games.

Michael Brantley had two doubles for Cleveland.

 

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