The Cleveland Indians' bullpen gave up the winning run in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.
CLEVELAND -- Starting pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians handed off a one-run lead to the bullpen with one out in the seventh inning, but the usually solid combination of left hander Marc Rzepczynski and right hander Cody Allen could not hold the advantage on Friday night.
The Blue Jays scored twice in the seventh inning and rode that momentum to a 3-2 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.
"They've been tremendous," Masterson said. "They've done a great job and I think it is weird. It's one of those too, for Zep, where you almost wish Melky (Cabrera) would've hit it harder so it would actually get all the way to Michael (Bourn) out there so he could catch the ball.
"It's a tough break coming through. With Cody coming in and usually shutting the door down, that didn't work out this time. He's going to go out there, probably tomorrow, shut the door and do his thing, just like what always happens."
After shortstop Ryan Goins drew a walk with one out in the seventh inning, Indians manager Terry Francona called for Rzepczynski.
Rzepczynski gave up consecutive singles to Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera and second baseman Munenori Kawasaki. Goins came around to score on Kawasaki's single, which closed the book on Masterson's evening.
Following Kawasaki's hit, Francona replaced Rzepczynski with Allen.
After an Allen pitch, Indians catcher Yan Gomes attempted to pick off Kawasaki at first base, but the throw skipped past first baseman Nick Swisher and allowed both runners to advance a base. The Indians intentionally walked designated hitter Jose Bautista to have the possibility of a double play, but with the bases loaded first baseman Edwin Encarnacion drove in Cabrera with an RBI single to center.
Including Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Rzepczynski has now surrendered two hits, two walks and one earned run while having only one strikeout in his last three outings, but Francona is not yet worried about his go-to left-handed reliever.
"You've got a small sample size," Francona said. "He gave up a ball that wasn't hit real hard to left and then, a ball that was probably six inches off the ground up the middle.
"I always think we're going to get them out, regardless of who's pitching. Melky had a real good night. He didn't hit a ball real hard to left, and then, Kawasaki hit a ball off his shoe tops up the middle. We had a pickoff on where we had him out, and Gomer skipped it to first. We had a chance to get out of that inning."