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Indians bats come alive in 9-4 victory over the Blue Jays

A perfect way to start off the month of May . . .

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Indians 9, Blue Jays 4

Box Score

Indians improve to 8-14

The month of April was not kind to the Indians offense.  After one month, the Tribe ranked 24th in runs scored and 23rd in batting average, and many strong starting pitching outing were wasted due to an ineffective offense.  The Indians particularly struggled against left-handed pitching, entering Friday night's game with a dismal .330 slugging percentage versus southpaws.

Well, enough of that negative stuff.  Adios April.  Hello May!

The Indians offense broke out in a big way Friday (against a left handed starter!) in their 9-4 victory over the Blue Jays.  Led by three home runs, the Tribe cranked out thirteen hits and put up crooked numbers in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Jason Kipnis led the bottom of the first off with a home run to right, his second blast of the week.  After a scoreless second, Kipnis walked to start the third.  Singles by Mike Aviles and Michael Brantley loaded the bases, and a Brandon Moss line drive to right scored two.  Lonnie Chisenhall added an RBI ground out before the side was retired.

The fourth saw a controversial overturned play at the plate involving Michael Bourn (featuring some rather inconclusive camera angles), plus a Michael Brantley two run shot to the new bullpens in right field.  Catcher Brett Hayes capped off the fun with a long three run home run to left in the fifth inning, boosting the Tribe's lead to five.  Kipnis, Aviles, Brantley, and Ryan Raburn all finished with two hits on the night.

Carlos Carrasco started for the Indians and earned the win, his third of the year, going six innings and giving up four earned runs.  Carrasco wasn't extremely sharp and was hit hard early, but buckled down and showed some grit later in the outing.  He walked three, while striking out six.  Scott Atchison, Zach McAlllister, and Cody Allen combined to throw three shutout innings to seal the victory.

Trivia Time: Both the Indians and Blue Jays had leadoff home runs.  While Kipnis provided the blast for the Tribe, Josh Donaldson opened the top of the first inning off with a home run to deep left field.  The last time both teams led off with a home run in the same game:  May 14th of last year (White Sox vs A's)

Tweet of the Night: From Moss' key double in the third . . .

Next Up: Corey Kluber is scheduled to start for the Indians and looks to rebound from back-to-back poor outings.  Toronto turns to young fireballer Aaron Sanchez, who enters with a 5.03 ERA.  First pitch is scheduled for Saturday at 4:10 P.M. ET.

Win Expectancy Chart

Source: FanGraphs

Roll Call

Game Thread

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