CLEVELAND (AP) -The
are on the verge of matching a 95-year-old record. It's not a mark they ever imagined approaching.
couldn't stop his team's season-opening slide on Saturday as
outpitched the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and the
Toronto Blue Jays
withstood a ninth-inning rally to beat Cleveland 5-4, dropping the Indians to 0-5 for the first time since 1985.
The Indians haven't lost their first six games since 1914, when they were known as the Cleveland Naps.
''This is not where we wanted to be or where we expected to be,'' said Lee, who didn't lose his second decision until July
6 last season and finished 22-3. ''But there's nothing we can do about it now. It's done. Our job is to come in here and keep
them from sweeping us.''
Halladay (2-0), a 20-game winner last season who finished second to Lee in
balloting, held Cleveland to one run and five hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out seven, including two in a
sticky second, and was rarely in real trouble.
''That's Doc,'' Toronto manager
said. ''You kind of expect that out of him.''
Desperate for a clutch hit, the Indians, who opened the season by being swept in Texas, finally got one in the ninth on
's two-out, three-run double off closer B.J. Ryan to make it 5-4. But with the potential tying run at second,
for his first save.
''Victor is the guy we wanted up there,'' Indians manager
said. ''We showed some fight.''
Lee (0-2), who shrugged off a shaky spring training in Arizona as nothing to worry about, failed to get past the fifth inning
for the second time. He was better than on opening day, when the Rangers pasted him for seven runs in five innings. Still,
he gave up four runs and seven hits with four walks, and now has a 9.90 ERA.
''It's not the results I want,'' Lee said.
had two RBIs for Toronto, which improved to 5-1 - its best start since 2001.
are showing signs that they might be able to hang with the big boys in the brutal AL East. With nice balance throughout the
lineup, and with Halladay as a legitimate No. 1 starter, Toronto could challenge Tampa Bay, Boston and the
New York Yankees
in baseball's toughest division.
''We're all thrilled,'' Halladay said. ''We've scored a lot of runs and our pitching has been pretty good. It's a matter of
keeping all of that going.''
Through five games, Indians starters have yet to reach the sixth inning and their relievers have been mostly ineffective.
Cleveland's hitters are not coming through in the clutch - the Indians are just 5-for-39 with runners in scoring position
- and the fielding has been sloppy.
Still, the Indians remain optimistic.
''We're going to win plenty of ballgames this year. No one is going to panic,'' first baseman
said. ''We've got to battle through this and keep our heads up. There's a lot of character in this room. We have to fight
through the perception that it's a big deal, because it's really not. We're going to be fine.''
The Indians put runners at second and third with none out in the second, but Halladay struck out Garko and
on a routine fly to center.
It was a missed opportunity, one the Indians can't afford.
''You have to put the ball in play there,'' Wedge said. ''Our guys know that.''
Lee was in an immediate 1-0 hole that could have been deeper.
walked leading off the first, Hill blooped a single and the runners moved up on Lee's wild pitch, a ball that could have been
blocked by Shoppach.
followed with a sinking liner to center that
snared with a sliding catch, but Scutaro tagged and scored.
on a foul popup and gloved an easy comebacker by
to avoid any more trouble.
But the lefty was right back in scramble mode in the second, and this time he couldn't escape.
Toronto loaded the bases on a double, single and two-out walk. Hill then grounded a two-run single to right, with
sliding in safely from second when Shoppach couldn't hold Shin-Soo Choo's strong throw to the plate.
made it 4-0 in the third on Lind's RBI single.
Cleveland finally scored in the fifth on Sizemore's run-scoring double.
Notes: Toronto was 1-6 against Cleveland last season. ... The Indians placed LHP
on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow. Lewis, who started and pitched 4 1-3 innings in Friday's home opener, had
surgery in 2003. Wedge said MRI results were negative. ... RHP
was brought up from Triple-A Columbus and replaced Lee in the sixth. He allowed one run in 2 1-3 innings... The 42 runs allowed
by the Indians in their first four games were the fourth-most in that span since 1900, and the most since Baltimore gave up
44 in 1978. ... Indians DH
got the day off after hitting a homer in his previous two games.