Blue Jays pull away with big sixth inning

Blue Jays pull away with big sixth inning

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays capitalized on an off night from ace Corey Kluber and an ill-timed error by Cleveland, scoring six unearned runs in the sixth inning to run away with an 11-4 win over the Indians on Saturday at Progressive Field.

Jose Bautista collected a pair of hits and four RBIs, Russell Martin launched his fourth home run of the season and Kevin Pillar came through with two hits in the sixth inning, helping power Toronto to its second victory in this four-game set. The offensive outpouring helped righty Aaron Sanchez (2-2) earn a win, despite walking six in 5 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays.

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Sanchez overcomes six walks to beat Indians

Rookie right-hander allows two runs, strikes out five over 5 2/3 innings

Sanchez overcomes six walks to beat Indians

CLEVELAND -- Aaron Sanchez walked the tightrope in Saturday's 11-4 victory at Cleveland.

It's better to walk than to run, but it's also better to not walk at all. After all, that's what got him on the tightrope in the first place.

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Bautista's offense not affected by injury

Slugger drives in four runs in Saturday's win despite sore shoulder

Bautista's offense not affected by injury

CLEVELAND -- Jose Bautista says it's "physically impossible" for him to throw a baseball at the present juncture.

Though he doesn't seem to be hindered at the plate.

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Blue Jays go for series win in road trip finale

Blue Jays go for series win in road trip finale

The Blue Jays will try to win three out of four when they face the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

The game marks the end of a 10-day road trip for Toronto, as they'll head home to face the Yankees beginning on Monday. The Indians close a seven-game homestand, getting a day off before heading to Kansas City.

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Travis returns to lineup after collarbone injury

Outfielder not cleared to throw; rookie Travis returns to lineup on Saturday

Travis returns to lineup after collarbone injury

CLEVELAND -- Devon Travis is back atop the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday after missing one game with a collarbone injury sustained on Thursday night.

Travis was playing in shallow right field as part of a defensive shift with Indians lefty Brandon Moss at the plate, and took a batted ball off the collarbone on his left side on a well-hit ball that bounced once before striking him.

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Donaldson looks like a natural in leadoff spot

Third baseman hits leadoff homer, goes 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored in Friday's loss

Donaldson looks like a natural in leadoff spot

CLEVELAND -- Josh Donaldson looked like a natural in the leadoff spot. You could have never guessed it was his first career start there.

The Blue Jays third baseman was making his leadoff debut due to an injury sustained by rookie second baseman and typical leadoff hitter Devon Travis in the third inning of Thursday night's game.

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Pompey, Albers optioned to Triple-A Buffalo

OF Carrera, RHP Copeland called up to Major League club

Pompey, Albers optioned to Triple-A Buffalo

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays made a pair of roster moves following Friday night's 9-4 loss at Cleveland.

Rookie outfielder Dalton Pompey and left-handed reliever Andrew Albers each were optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Taking their place are veteran outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and right-handed pitcher Scott Copeland.

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Pillar does it again: Hits wall to make catch

Blue Jays outfielder with another highlight-reel grab vs. Indians

Pillar does it again: Hits wall to make catch

CLEVELAND -- On Thursday night, Kevin Pillar got to know the centre-field wall at Progressive Field.

He must have suspected the left-field wall was getting jealous.

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Early surge not enough in loss to Tribe

Early surge not enough in loss to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Brett Hayes each launched a home run for the Indians, who churned out 13 hits in a 9-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Progressive Field.

Cleveland, which entered the evening with a 1-8 record against left-handed starters this season, pounded veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle (3-2) for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings. Kipnis led off with a homer off Buehrle in the first inning, Brantley belted a two-run blast in the fourth and Hayes added a three-run shot off reliever Andrew Albers in the fifth. Albers was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after the game.

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Blue Jays' challenge takes run off the board

Blue Jays' challenge takes run off the board

CLEVELAND -- A matter of inches was the difference between a run and an out during Friday night's game between Toronto and Cleveland.

That, and a well-timed manager challenge.

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Travis sits after being struck by batted ball

Bautista, recovering from sore right shoulder, still not throwing

Travis sits after being struck by batted ball

CLEVELAND -- Rookie second baseman Devon Travis was held out of Friday's lineup in Cleveland for precautionary reasons after being struck in the collarbone by a batted ball during Thursday's night's game.

Travis, playing in shallow right field as part of a defensive shift with lefty Brandon Moss at the plate, attempted to field a sharply hit ground ball that took one bounce and deflected off his collarbone. Moss reached on a single on the play.

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Blue Jays option southpaw Norris to Triple-A

Club purchases contract of left-hander Albers, transfers Izturis to 60-day DL

Blue Jays option southpaw Norris to Triple-A

CLEVELAND -- The Blue Jays made a change on their pitching staff Friday, optioning southpaw Daniel Norris to Triple-A Buffalo, and purchasing the contract of left-hander Andrew Albers from their highest affiliate.

Norris, a rookie, pitched to a 1-1 record and a 3.86 ERA in his first five starts with the Blue Jays this season. He had a brief start on Thursday in Cleveland, lasting just three innings and racking up 78 pitches in that span.

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Travis making waves north of the border

Travis making waves north of the border

CLEVELAND -- Dustin Pedroia's reputation precedes him. Opponents young and old know better than to expect much in the way of even remotely friendly in-game interaction with the uber-competitive Red Sox second baseman, who uses hate of the opponent -- even if it's temporary manufactured hate -- to fuel the excellent things he does on a baseball field.

But this kid named Devon Travis, who is listed at 5-foot-9, got to second base the other day at Fenway Park, and there was the 5-foot-9 Pedroia, one of Travis' heroes in a game that's not always kind to little guys like them. Though he was well aware of Pedroia's reputation, Travis couldn't help himself.

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Statcast: Pillar crashes into wall to make catch

Outfielder robs Moss with another highlight-reel grab

Statcast: Pillar crashes into wall to make catch

CLEVELAND -- Kevin Pillar is getting to know outfield walls all around Major League Baseball in his first season as an everyday player.

He became acquainted with the centre-field wall in Cleveland during the fifth inning of Thursday night's 5-1 win when Brandon Moss hit a deep fly and Pillar made a tremendous grab, crashing into the wall and saving a run with two outs and a runner on first. It halted a potential rally, as the Indians had already scored one that inning.

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Big fourth inning sends Blue Jays past Tribe

Big fourth inning sends Blue Jays past Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Kevin Pillar provided the Blue Jays with a clutch hit and a stellar catch, helping lead Toronto to a 5-1 victory over the Indians on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Progressive Field.

"That's his game," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He plays to win, and plays like that help you win."

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Relievers come to the Blue Jays' rescue

Bullpen combines to allow one run over six innings in relief of Norris

Relievers come to the Blue Jays' rescue

CLEVELAND -- It's just one game.

But given the way the Blue Jays' relievers have pitched this season, even one game in which they came away unscathed is worth recognizing. Especially when they had to work six innings, like they did in Thursday night's 5-1 victory at Cleveland.

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Throwing more strikes key for Blue Jays' 'pen

Cecil remains closer as rookie Castro works through mechanical flaw

Throwing more strikes key for Blue Jays' 'pen

CLEVELAND -- It's been something of a revolving door in the back end of the Blue Jays bullpen this season.

Brett Cecil, who's pitched well out of the bullpen the last two seasons but had saved just six games entering this season, started the year as the team's closer only to lose the job to rookie Miguel Castro.

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Bautista takes aim at fifth straight ASG

Bautista takes aim at fifth straight ASG

BOSTON -- Jose Bautista has an opportunity to be voted into the All-Star Game for the fifth consecutive year now that balloting for the upcoming Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati is open to the public.

Bautista has been voted into the game as a starter every year since 2011; he was named as a reserve in '10. He has led the league in fan ballots twice, and he'll again be a favorite to start in right field for the American League.

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Results aside, Dickey takes away positives in loss to Sox

Results aside, Dickey takes away positives in loss to Sox

BOSTON -- The final pitching line might not look all that impressive, but R.A. Dickey enjoyed his best start since the first week of the season on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Dickey came out on the losing end of a 4-1 game to Boston, and the veteran knuckleballer allowed all four of those runs, but the numbers don't tell the full story. His knuckleball had consistent velocity, and for the first time this season, he didn't walk a batter.

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Blue Jays' bats stymied in series finale vs. Sox

Blue Jays' bats stymied in series finale vs. Sox

BOSTON -- For at least one night, the Red Sox quelled some of the panic about their pitching staff. Rick Porcello turned in his best performance of the season en route to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series.

"He was a controlling both sides of the plate," said Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. "That's what we talked about before the game, and it worked out."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox, Blue Jays disagree on call at plate

Red Sox, Blue Jays disagree on call at plate

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged a call in the bottom of the seventh inning in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, believing Toronto catcher Josh Thole violated a rule about blocking home plate.

The call was confirmed, meaning the replay official in New York determined that there was no violation of the home-plate collision rule.

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Hutchison still searching for consistency

Hutchison still searching for consistency

BOSTON -- Drew Hutchison's season hasn't exactly started off on the most positive of notes, and the 24-year-old is still searching for a level of consistency three weeks into the year.

The right-hander had some issues with his arm slot during the Blue Jays' 11-8 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night, and it led to another short outing. Hutchison allowed six runs on nine hits with an alarming five walks and no strikeouts over four-plus innings of work.

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Estrada the quiet hero of win with 3 scoreless

Veteran righty has been bright spot in uneven bullpen this season

Estrada the quiet hero of win with 3 scoreless

BOSTON -- When the Blue Jays needed a strong outing from someone in their bullpen, it was veteran right-hander Marco Estrada who came to the rescue.

Toronto's relievers have been battered and bruised over the past week, and it looked like there was a good chance for a repeat performance on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays found themselves locked into a high-scoring affair against the Red Sox, and both teams were struggling to get outs.

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Down early, Blue Jays top Red Sox in slugfest

Down early, Blue Jays top Red Sox in slugfest

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays didn't get deflated when they fell down early. Instead, they came storming back with an 11-8 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday, snapping a four-game losing streak and evening the series at Fenway Park.

Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion supplied the bulk of the damage, combining to go 7-for-14 with six runs, two homers and seven RBIs.

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After playing through pain, Reyes shelved with rib injury

Shortstop placed on 15-day DL as Blue Jays call up Diaz

After playing through pain, Reyes shelved with rib injury

BOSTON -- Jose Reyes did everything he possibly could to remain on the field, but in the end, it wasn't enough, and the veteran shortstop will now have to sit out for at least the next two weeks.

Toronto placed Reyes on the 15-day disabled list late Monday night and selected the contract of infielder Jonathan Diaz to take his spot on the roster. Reyes has been dealing with a cracked rib for the past two weeks, and after playing through the pain, he finally realized it wasn't going to get better without rest.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.