Blue Jays batters shut down by rookie Indians pitcher

Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista walks back to the dugout after striking out in the ninth inning...

Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista walks back to the dugout after striking out in the ninth inning against the Indians in Cleveland, Thursday, July 11, 2013. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

CLEVELAND - Few hits, no homers, no hope.

In a nutshell that was yesterday’s finale against the Cleveland Indians, an afternoon matinee that ended in a 4-2 defeat.

Along with the lack of offence, the Jays fumbled in the field at the most inopportune time.

An airmail to the plate by left fielder Rajai Davis in the sixth and a slip to the turf by right fielder Jose Bautista in the eighth each led to runs and that proved costly as well.

Couple that with the brilliant debut of Indians hard-throwing right-hander Danny Salazar — he topped out at 99 on the gun — and it was not an afternoon to be savoured by the Jays.

With the defeat, the Jays dropped to 44-47 and need a sweep of their weekend series in Baltimore against the Orioles to meet their quest of finishing at .500 by the all-star break.


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