CLEVELAND (AP) -The
waited through nearly four hours of rain to resume their soggy home opener.
Their first win is still being delayed.
After rallying for three runs in the seventh inning to tie Toronto, the Indians' bullpen gave up six runs in the eighth and
lost 13-7 Friday night to the
, who overcame their own relief problems and dropped Cleveland to 0-4 for the first time since 1985.
homered in the fifth and singled home the go-ahead run during Toronto's outburst in the eighth as the
improved to 4-1 - their best start since 2001.
The Indians have given up 42 runs in four games and gotten nothing from their pitching staff.
''I don't think anybody could expect coming out of the gates that we would see what we've seen so far,'' manager
said. ''We always talk about being tough on the tough days and this is where they've got to show that. Everybody needs to
have thick skin, they need to be tough and have broad shoulders and fight through this.
''It's a long season. As bad as these four games have been, and they've been bad, we've got to separate from it.''
With his bullpen taxed already, Wedge said it's possible the club will make a roster move on Saturday.
had four RBIs apiece for the
(1-0) got the win despite walking a batter to load the bases in the seventh, hitting
with a pitch to force in the tying run and getting his only out on a scorching line drive.
League's shaky outing was quickly forgotten when Lind and Rios drove in two runs each in Toronto's eighth-inning outburst,
which began with
hitting a single off
''I wouldn't describe it as ugly. I wouldn't describe it as sloppy. I'll describe it as a win,''
said. ''I'm glad we got it in.''
hit his second homer in two days and drove in three runs, and
and Shin-Soo Choo also homered for Cleveland, the AL's only winless team.
A sellout crowd of 42,473, which enjoyed the usual pomp and festivities of opening day under a gray sky, was reduced to about
500 for the final out, recorded 7 hours, 12 minutes after Indians rookie starter
threw his first pitch.
, who trailed 3-0 after three innings, led 7-4 in the seventh before the Indians tied it thanks to Toronto's bullpen self-destructing
with four walks and a hit batter.
The teams waited out a wet-weather delay that bordered on ridiculous. The dedicated fans who chose to ride it out were forced
to endure plunging temperatures and a steady drizzle that never stopped. At one point, the grounds crew removed the tarp and
made some minor repairs to the infield before covering it again, drawing moans and boos from the freezing fans.
About the only bonus was that the Cleveland Cavaliers' game at Philadelphia, which began at 7 p.m., was put on the giant scoreboard
in left field. By the time the game resumed at 9:27 p.m., the Cavs were in the final minute of a 102-92 win over the 76ers.
''I thought I was going to be in bed sleeping by now,'' Lind said. ''We battled through a lot of things and got a nice win.''
, who was warming up when the game was halted at 5:40 p.m, finally took the mound in the fifth with the Indians trailing by
one. He got through it, but gave up a run in the sixth as Toronto went up 5-3.
Choo's 438-foot homer to right-center made it 5-4, but the
tacked on two more in the seventh on Rios' two-run single.
The Indians have been worried about their starting pitching for months, and none of those concerns were diminished when the
Rangers held extended batting practice for three days. Cleveland's top three starters -
- staggered home with a collective 18.00 ERA and 0-3 record.
For three innings, Lewis handled the
, holding them to one hit. But in the fourth, Toronto tied it with three runs and four hits, including Lind's two-run homer.
Scutaro, a one-time Indians farmhand, gave the
a 4-3 lead with his one-out homer in the fifth.
followed with a single and the second baseman had barely touched the bag at first when Wedge bolted from the dugout to rescue
As Betancourt was making his warmup tosses, the umpires called for the delay not knowing it would last longer than most games.
With the Indians already up 2-0 in the third, Hafner, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, hit a towering homer into
' bullpen in right. It was a promising sign for Cleveland fans worried that ''Pronk'' had lost his pop.
''Travis is coming around,'' Wedge said. ''You see him driving the ball and you see him being aggressive. Those are all good
Notes: Wedge wishes baseball would consider putting nets along the baselines in all ballparks for safety. ''Someone is going
to get killed with the broken bats and foul balls,'' he said. ''It's an accident waiting to happen.'' ... The Indians will
skip No. 5 starter
on Saturday so Lee can face
in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners. ''Too bad it didn't happen for opening day,'' Toronto manager
said. ... As a kid, Wedge had posters of catching greats
on his bedroom wall. ''My brother had the one of Farrah Fawcett,'' he said. ... The delay was the longest in Toronto history.