TORONTO(AP) What started as a pregame joke turned into a rare display of power from
Not known for his slugging, the shortstop hit two of Toronto's season-high five home runs and matched a career-high with four
RBIs, leading the
to a 10-6 win over the
Scutaro had a solo homer in the fifth and a three-run shot in the sixth, the first multihomer game of his career.
A career .264 hitter before this season, Scutaro has been playing every day for Toronto and has responded. He's batting .286
with eight homers, one shy of his career high.
''This is my best year, I feel so far, just because of playing time,'' Scutaro said. ''That's pretty much what I'm trying
to focus on, being consistent. That's the toughest thing, especially hitting, because sometimes your swing's not there everyday.''
Scutaro had homered just once since April 30 before Wednesday's game, a two-run shot on June 23, and heard about the dry spell
from Toronto starter
''We actually talked about it today before the game,'' Romero said with a chuckle. ''I was like 'Let's go man. When was the
last time you hit a home run?' I was just joking with and he goes out and hits two today, which is kind of funny.''
Scutaro made sure to seek out Romero after his first drive.
''After the first home run, he came and I looked at him and he kind of just tapped me on the head, just kind of laughing,''
Romero said. ''He keeps this clubhouse going most of the time. He kind of jokes around, he's a great teammate to have.''
all hit solo home runs, Toronto's first five-homer game since July 23, 2006, against the
New York Yankees
, according to STATS LLC.
All four solo shots came off Cleveland right-hander
, the second time in his career he's allowed four home runs in one game. He also did it May 11, 2005, against Seattle while
pitching for the Yankees.
Pavano (8-8) had won back-to-back starts coming in but was roughed up in this one, allowing seven runs and seven hits, six
for extra bases, in 4 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
''It's just one of those games where I struggled to get the ball down,'' Pavano said. ''I left a lot of balls up. I don't
think I got a groundball until the fourth inning. The balls that I did leave up, they hammered and made me pay.''
The Indians lost for the ninth time in 13 games.
''I felt offensively we were better tonight,'' Indians manager
said. ''We had good swings. We're still nowhere near where we need to be but that's a push in the right direction.''
Romero (8-4) got the win, allowing four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. The rookie left-hander matched a season high with
five walks and struck out two.
Down 7-1 in the sixth, Cleveland cut the gap in half when
chased Romero with a three-run homer.
Scutaro answered in the bottom half with a drive off
that barely cleared the wall in left.
Cleveland scored twice in the seventh off
struck out Valbuena looking to end the threat.
Wells made it 1-all with a homer to left in the second, his 10th and Hill gave Toronto the lead with leadoff shot in the fourth,
his team-high 21st.
chased Pavano with a five-run fifth, including two more homers. Rios led off with a mammoth drive off the center-field restaurant,
his 11th. Two outs later, Scutaro homered to left.
Hill followed with a walk,
hit an RBI double,
added a run-scoring single and
sent Pavano packing with an RBI double to right.
''That fifth inning hurt us,'' Pavano said. ''They got the home run, I got a quick two outs and couldn't buy another out.
I need to get us out of that inning and get us back in the dugout.''
NOTES: Cleveland will promote LHP
from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday at Seattle, Wedge said. Sowers went 2-7 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games, 10 starts, with
the Indians earlier this season. ... Toronto will bring LHP
out of the bullpen to Saturday against Tampa Bay. Tallet was moved to the bullpen following the All Star break as the
shifted to a four-man rotation because of off days.