Providing the pop: Hafner homers, Tribe beats Jays 1-0Justin Masterson pitched seven sharp innings, Travis Hafner homered and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 Friday night.
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Masterson pitched seven sharp innings, Travis Hafner homered and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 Friday night.
Vinnie Pestano worked the eighth and All-Star closer Chris Perez finished for his 25th save in 27 chances save as the Indians wrapped up their sixth shutout of the season.
Hafner provided the only run Cleveland would need when he led off the second with a towering drive to right, his eighth.
The Indians put runners at second and third in the fourth when Carlos Santana walked and Michael Brantley doubled, but Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero struck out Los Marson and got Johnny Damon to ground out.
Masterson (6-8) was hit hard in his final start before the All-Star break, allowing eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings on July 6 in a loss to Tampa Bay, an outing that raised his ERA by nearly half a run. But the right-hander bounced back strong against the Blue Jays, giving up just five hits, all singles. He walked one and struck out five.
Toronto didn’t put a runner in scoring position until the fifth, when Yunel Escobar reached on a two-out infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kelly Johnson ended the inning by grounding out.
The Blue Jays put two runners on in the seventh, when Edwin Encarnacion walked and Adam Lind singled, but Masterson escaped by striking out Escobar looking and getting Johnson to ground into a fielder’s choice.
Romero (8-5), who came in 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA in his past three starts, has not won since June 22 at Miami. He allowed one run and six hits in six innings, walked two and struck out six.
The Blue Jays have scored just three runs in Romero’s past three starts, and have not scored in his past 13 innings.
NOTES: Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (strained left oblique) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, his first since his June 11 injury. Morrow, who will throw another bullpen Monday, is not expected back before mid-August. ... Toronto RHP Sergio Santos (shoulder) threw a bullpen at Toronto’s spring facility in Dunedin, Fla. on Thursday. Santos, out since April 21, will throw another bullpen Saturday. ... Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (elbow) is due to resume throwing on July 23, manager John Farrell said. Hutchison was injured June 15. ... The Blue Jays purchased the contract of Double-A LHP Aaron Loup and placed LHP Luis Perez (elbow) on the 60-day DL, retroactive to July 9. ... Friday was Cleveland OF Shin-Soo Choo’s 30th birthday.