The only rocky inning for Salazar was the fifth, when back-to-back two-out singles set the table for Jays slugger Josh Donaldson, who then tripled to deep right field, giving the Jays a 2-1 lead. The Tribe bounced back in the seventh, when Carlos Santana scored from first on a Ryan Raburn double. Raburn alertly took third on the throw to the plate, then scored the go-ahead run when Jerry Sands singled to left. They tacked on an insurance run in the ninth thanks in large part to a throwing error by Donaldson.
Tribe closer Cody Allen got a four-out save. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, the Jays brought the winning run to the plate in toe form of Donaldson, he of the league-leading 108 RBI, but Allen struck him out swinging to end the game.
The win was the Tribe’s sixth in a row, and gave them a 16-12 record for the month of August. The Texas Rangers fell to the San Diego Padres, thus enabling the Indians to gain a game in the race for the second wild card spot. They are now four games off the pace. One month ago they were eight games back. If they can gain four games in August, who’s to say they can’t gain four or more in September? It’s a long shot, to be sure, but things sure look a lot brighter for the Indians than they did a month ago.