Blue Jays drop first series

[PeterPaul.ca] — Home runs from third baseman Maicer Izturis and right fielder Jose Bautista weren’t enough for the Toronto Blue Jays to win in their second game of the young season as they fell to the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

Indians DH Mark Reynolds hit a one-run shot in the 11th inning on a 1-2 count, sealing the victory for the tribe, now 2-0 on the season, two innings after Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered in the bottom of the ninth to lock the game at 2.

Brendan Morrow pitched six innings, fanning eight batters and allowing six hits in a no-decision. Cleveland’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run across 6 innings in a no-decision.

Shortstop Jose Reyes and left fielder Melky Cabrera collected their first hits as Blue Jays and second baseman Emilio Bonafacio struck out three times during the game despite making some timely defensive plays during the game.

Maicer Izturis hit the teams first home run of 2013 to right field in the bottom of the third, tying the game at one after being charged earlier in the inning with a throwing error to first base attempting a double play.

The Blue Jays have opened 0-2 this season for the first time since 2004 and their nine hits to start off the season ties a Jays record set by the 1990 and 1998 ball clubs. In a post-game press conference, Manager John Gibbons said his team was not pressing the issue of winning due to the high expectations set by the organization adding that Indians pitching “Shut us down”.

“There are going to be stretches when we’re not going to score six, seven runs a game,” said Bautista after the game. “We haven’t been getting on base too much and we haven’t been getting a lot of hits. But it’s only two games and I don’t think anybody in here is concerned about that.”

Toronto will send lefty Mark Buehrle to the mound Thursday in the final game of the three-game set. Cleveland counters with RHP Brett Myers. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m.

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