Solarte slam ends slugfest, gives Blue Jays first game in Cleveland

  • Solarte slam ends slugfest, gives Blue Jays first game in Cleveland

Solarte slam ends slugfest, gives Blue Jays first game in Cleveland

Yangervis Solarte cracked a grand slam for in the top of the 11th off of Tyler Olson for his first career five-hit night to give the Blue Jays their final lead in a wild affair.

The Indians batted around and took their first lead at 7-5, with Francisco Lindor hitting the first of his two homers in the game and each player in the lineup reaching base - except for Yan Gomes. While his hitting was not affected much, it became clear before he went on the DL on April 11 that he had very little arm strength.

Interviewed by a group of Toronto reporters on Thursday morning, Donaldson said he is ready to go with no limitations, though manager John Gibbons has said that they will be careful with the all-star third baseman, using him as a DH from time to time and giving him the occasional day off for maintenance purposes.

"On one hand, it's kind of agonizing because you're burning through pitchers, but on the other hand, guys keep playing", Francona said.

Toronto placed Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list on April 11 with right shoulder inflammation. The Jays used seven relievers, allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings, with rookie Tim Mayza picking up the victory. He was also thrown out trying to stretch a single in the 10th and almost knocked himself out while flopping into third in the third.

Right-hander Nick Goody replaced him and allowed a tying homer to Josh Donaldson on his first pitch.

Goody returned for the seventh but after throwing a pitch and allowing a leadoff single to Kevin Pillar, he left with an arm injury.

While Toronto improved to 4-0 in extras, Cleveland fell to 0-4.

Solarte gave the Blue Jays a scare in the third, when he smashed his face into the ground on an awkward slide into third tagging on a Martin flyout.

The debate will continue about his place with the Blue Jays in the long term, but that's more a question of evaluating an expensive long term investment on the wrong side of 30.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session over the weekend in NY before the Indians decide whether to activate him.

Toronto is in the middle of an eight-game, seven-day road trip that will conclude with three games in Tampa Bay beginning Friday.