7:10 p.m.-CLEVELAND INDIANS FALL IN GAME 4 OF ALCS AGAINST TORONTO BLUE JAYS
TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians’ American League Championship Series-clinching celebration will have to wait for another day.
The Indians’ bats went cold against Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez, and when the 15-game winner in the regular season turned things over to the bullpen, the relief combination of Brett Cecil, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna did not allow a base runner over three innings of work.
Conversely, the Indians’ pitching staff surrendered nine hits and five runs, four of which were earned, and allowed four walks. The Blue Jays used clutch hitting from Michael Saunders, Edwin Encarnacion and Ezequiel Carrera to stave off elimination with a 5-1 win in Game 4 of the ALCS at Rogers Centre Tuesday.
Despite suffering their first loss of the postseason, the Indians hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the ALCS, and their next win will clinch a World Series berth for the first time since 1997.
6:35 p.m.-BLUE JAYS GET TWO RUNS OFF BRYAN SHAW
TORONTO -- Cleveland Indians reliever Brian Shaw has had his struggles at points during the 2016 season, and they popped up again at an inopportune time for the set-up man and his team against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre.
Ahead in the count, 1-2, against second baseman Ryan Goins, a bottom-of-the-order hitter for the Blue Jays, Shaw surrendered a lead-off single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning. Then, right fielder Jose Bautista reached base on an errant throw from Shaw that ended up in foul territory.
After intentionally walking third baseman Josh Donaldson to load the bases with no outs, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion smashed a single up the middle and into center field, driving in Goins and Bautista before Donaldson was thrown out at third base.
Although Mike Clevinger relieved Shaw and got two groundouts to end the inning, the Blue Jays extended their lead over the Indians to 4-1.
5:44 p.m.-INDIANS GET A RUN BACK ON PEREZ DOUBLE
TORONTO -- With just one hit over the first four innings of play against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre, the Cleveland Indians broke through with an RBI in their fifth trip to the plate.
Batting with two outs and left fielder Coco Crisp on second base after walking and advancing on a wild pitch from Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez, catcher Roberto Perez belted a double off the base of the wall in left-center field and drove in the Indians’ first run of the game.
Perez’s second run-producing hit in the postseason cut the Blue Jays’ lead in half, down to 2-1.
The Indians looked as though they may even the score when designated hitter Carlos Santana hit a sharp ground ball to the left side of the infield. However, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson made a diving stop in the hole near shortstop and fired a throw to first for the final out of the inning.
5:25 p.m.-BLUE JAYS ADD ONTO LEAD
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays are not known for their patience at the plate, but that virtue is exactly what they displayed against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the bottom of the fourth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki drew a four-pitch walk and catcher Russell Martin followed by fouling off a pair of throws after getting two strikes on him to earn a free pass, which put two runners on with nobody out in the inning.
After Kluber struck out designated hitter Michael Saunders swinging on just three pitches, former Indians outfielder Ezequiel Carrera popped a single into center field and brought around Tulowitzki for Toronto’s second run of the game.
Although Carrera drove in the one run, Kluber settled in and struck out center fielder Kevin Pillar and second baseman Ryan Goins swinging to strand a pair of Blue Jays base runners and keep the deficit at 2-0.
5:06 p.m.-BLUE JAYS TAKE LEAD ON SOLO HR
TORONTO -- Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians were just one strike away from getting out of the third inning in a scoreless tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, but in front of the home fans, reigning A.L. MVP Josh Donaldson had other ideas.
On a 2-2 pitch from Kluber with two out after swinging third strikes from Ryan Goins and Jose Bautista, Donaldson belted his first postseason home run over the wall in left field. Donaldson’s home run was the first run given up by Kluber during three starts this postseason.
The Donaldson homer gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead, which marked the first time since Game 1 of the Division Series against the Boston Red Sox that the Indians did not score before their opponents.
4:00 p.m.-GAME INFORMATION
TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians are one win away from the American League pennant and advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1997, and in order to secure the close-out victory, they are sending their ace, Corey Kluber, to the mound for Game 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
The Indians earned the right to play a close-out game by posting a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays in Game 3 last night despite having to use six bullpen pitchers to pick up for Trevor Bauer, who had a cut on his throwing hand open up and force his departure from the contest after just two-thirds of an inning.
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