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Cleveland fell by the final score of 9-2 in a rain shortened game that halted in the 7th inning…Tribe dropped just their 2nd game out of the last 8 matchups against Toronto since 2019...allowed 15 hits and six doubles on the evening, most they have surrendered in a game this season...has scored 2 runs-or-fewer in each of its last 4 losses to Toronto dating back to Sept. 7, 2018...Tribe falls to 7-10 in series openers this season…Game was delayed from 10:05pm-10:41pm before being called officially.
Eli Morgan (2.2IP, 8H, 6R-ER, 2BB, SO, HR) took the mound for his MLB debut...Morgan made 3 starts for AAA Columbus before getting called up, going 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA (13.2IP, 13H, 6R-ER, 8BB, 13SO).
Eddie Rosario (1-for-2, 2RBI) put Cleveland in front with a 2-run single in the 1st inning...extends his season-long hit streak to 8 games, his longest since hitting safely in 8 straight Aug. 27-Sept. 4, 2019...is batting .400 (12-for-30) with one double, home run and 8RBI during the streak.
Toronto picked up its first win at Progressive Field since May 3, 2018...improved to 16-13 on the road...marked its most runs scored against the Tribe since a 13-11 win on May 3, 2018...ranks 2nd in MLB with 75 homers (first: Atlanta, 80 HR)...6 doubles matched a season-high set May 16 vs. Philadelphia.
Hyun Jin Ryu (5.0IP, 4H, 2R-ER, 2BB, 6SO) made his first career appearance at Progressive Field...allowed 4 of the first 5 Tribe hitters to reach before retiring 14 of the next 16 batters he faced...riding a season-long 4-game win streak...has allowed 2 ER or fewer in 17 of his last 20 starts, posting a 2.25 ERA (29ER/116.1IP) during that stretch...his 2.62 ERA (17ER/58.1IP) ranks 5th in the AL...has posted a 3.00 ERA (4ER/12.0IP) with 2 BB and 14 SO across 2 career starts against the Tribe.
Randal Grichuk (3-for-5, 3R, RBI) put the Blue Jays on top 3-2 with an RBI double in the 3rd inning…has hit safety in 13 of his last 14 games since May 15, batting .352 (19-for-54) with 6 2B, 3 HR and 10 RBI during that stretch...hitting .351 (20-for-57) with runners in scoring position...batting .438 (7-for-16) with a homer and 2 RBI during Toronto’s current 6-game road trip...ranks T-7th in MLB with 38 RBI at the conclusion of the game.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (2-for-2, 3R, 3RBI, BB) made it a 4-2 ballgame with an RBI double off the wall in left field in the 3rd inning before pushing Toronto’s lead to 8-2 with a 2-run double in the 5th inning...has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, including 8 multi-hit efforts during that stretch...marked his first game with 3-or-more RBI since Aug. 20, 2020 vs. Philadelphia (also 3 RBI).
Joe Panik (4-for-4, 2R, 3RBI) blew the game open at 6-2 with a 2-run homer to cap off a 4-run 3rd inning for the visitors...marked his first home run since Sept. 16, 2020 vs. New York-AL...singled in the 2nd inning to snap an 0-for-11...9th career 4-hit game and first since Sept. 29, 2017 vs. San Diego as a member of San Francisco (4-for-5)...career .455 hitter (10-for-22) against the Tribe, his 2nd-highest average against any opponent (.476 vs. Boston).
Santiago Espinal (1-for-3, 3RBI, BB)tacked on 2 more runs for an 11-2 lead with a bases-loaded RBI double in the 6th inning...3 RBI tied a career-high set Sept. 13, 2020 vs. New York-NL and matched his season total entering the game.