Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Remain Confident Heading in to September despite 4-2 Loss to Cleveland

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Remain Confident Heading in to September despite 4-2 Loss to Cleveland

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Salazar outduels Price in Jays' 4-2 loss


TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays may have ended August on a losing note, but they're far from concerned.

Danny Salazar outlasted David Price in a pitchers' duel as the Cleveland Indians beat Toronto 4-2 on Monday night. The Blue Jays got runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth and kept it a very tight game until the final out.

"We never give up. It doesn't matter how many we're down or what inning it is, we always feel like we have a chance to win," said Price. "That's good, that's huge. We had a chance there in the eighth to tie it up or go ahead and the same way in the ninth. As long as they're doing that, it's good to see."

Toronto went 21-6 in August after acquiring Price, all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and others at the trade deadline, launching the Blue Jays to first place in the American League East.

The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday night, maintaining Toronto's 1.5 game lead in the division.

Price (13-5) struck out nine over seven innings, allowing three earned runs as Toronto (74-57) ended a three-game win streak. Josh Donaldson had a two-run triple and Edwin Encarnacion extended his hit streak to 26 games with two singles.

Donaldson, an MVP candidate in the American League, could have tied it up in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second, two outs and Toronto trailing 4-2. But, he struck out swinging to end the game.

"I'm always confident," said Donaldson of coming to the plate with runners in scoring position. "I expect to come through in those situations for my team. It just so happened today I got a little over-excited on a couple pitches that he threw me.

"Hopefully I learn from that and I'll be better for it tomorrow."

Brett Cecil came in from the bullpen for a scoreless eighth for Toronto before the Indians added a run in the ninth off LaTroy Hawkins.

Salazar (12-7) fanned 10 batters and allowed two runs over seven innings as Cleveland (64-66) won its sixth in a row and gained ground the AL's wild card race. Bryan Shaw pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, with Cody Allen earning his 28th save of the season.

Donaldson came to the plate in fifth with Ryan Goins and Ben Revere on first and second and the Blue Jays trailing 1-0. …

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