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CLE@TOR: Reyes breaks the streak, notches first win

TORONTO -- No matter what Jo-Jo Reyes did on the mound Monday, Toronto's hitters were not letting him go winless for his 29th outing in a row.

At least that's how it seemed, as the Blue Jays clubbed 13 hits in a dominant 11-1 win over the Indians Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Reyes appreciated the overwhelming run support but ended up not needing it. The 26-year-old was masterful, allowing just one run in a complete game victory. But when you're playing the best team in the Majors, it never hurts to be on the safe side.

"I think that just kind of takes the last breath away, when you go out there and get a lot of runs," said center fielder Rajai Davis, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. "When you get down by so much, it's like a mountain that's so high -- you feel like it's so hard to climb it."

The Blue Jays did all of their damage in the third, fourth and fifth innings, chasing Indians starter Fausto Carmona from the game after four innings, having given up nine runs (seven earned) while striking out three. He faced 24 batters and would need 81 pitches to get through those tough middle innings.

"I don't know. I tried to keep the ball down. I missed a couple pitches up," Carmona said after the game. "A couple pitches, down in the count, I threw them right down the middle."

The Blue Jays first got to Carmona in the third inning when former Indian Jayson Nix crushed a 2-2 offering deep into the second deck in left field for a 2-0 lead. The home run came just two pitches after he sent a nearly identical foul ball into the second deck, just left of the foul pole.

It was Nix's third home run of the season and his first in nearly two months.

"It's good to see Nix [hitting the ball well]. The last couple days he's driven some pitches," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Then the fourth inning happened. The Blue Jays started by loading the bases with nobody out. Davis then sent his second double of the game down the line in left, cashing in two.

Two batters later, with the bases loaded again, Corey Patterson chopped the first pitch he saw to second baseman Orlando Cabrera, who bobbled the ball and was left without a play.

Cabrera hung his head following the error, losing focus of the base runners, including the opportunistic Davis on third base who sprinted home while Cabrera was not paying attention.

"I do a lot of thinking on my feet and that was just an instinct play," Davis said. "I want to score runs. If you give me an opportunity, I like to take advantage of those."

Jose Bautista would double in the two remaining base runners, before J.P. Arencibia drove in the Blue Jays' slugger with a double of his own.

When all was said and done, the Blue Jays brought 11 batters to the plate in the inning, scoring seven runs on five hits and taking a 9-1 lead. It was the most runs the Blue Jays have scored in an inning this season and the second time in as many games the team has batted around in an inning.

It was also the third straight game the Blue Jays have scored 9 runs or more. The team has scored 33 runs in the last three days, the most it's scored over a three-game span since 2003.

The offensive explosion couldn't come at a better time, as the Blue Jays had scored just 12 runs in their previous four games coming into this high-powered three-game stretch.

"We've gotten some pitches in the zone that we've handled very well," Farrell said. "It's good to see the confidence that our club has right now."

Six different Blue Jays had multi-hit games and four had multiple RBIs as well. Juan Rivera saw his 11-game hit streak snapped, but Yunel Escobar took his place, extending his season-high hit streak to 11 games. He's hitting .341 over the stretch.

The offensive symphony was music to the ears of Reyes, who picked up the win for Toronto, his first since June 13, 2008. He threw a nine-inning complete game -- the first Blue Jay to do so this season -- allowing just the one run on eight hits while striking out three.

And of course there was the matter of the streak. The 28 straight games that Reyes had gone without a victory -- a load the entire team has borne throughout Reyes' 10 previous outings this season.

Reyes had already pitched three quality starts this year and has taken only four losses. His teammates hadn't done Reyes many favors, providing the left-hander with less than four runs of support in six of his 10 starts.

Not that Reyes needed much run support Monday, as he pitched to contact, inducing 11 outs via fly balls and pop outs, while getting himself out of jams in the third and fifth with opportunistic double plays.

"When my sinker was in the zone, it was moving well and they rolled over it," Reyes said. "I just wanted to stay focused throughout the entire game. Some pitchers have a tendency to lose focus just because they know they have that lead, but my main goal was just to stay focused and pound the zone."

For Reyes and the rest of the Blue Jays -- who basked in the boisterous emotion from the Rogers Centre crowd following the final out -- if there was ever a way to break the streak, that was it.

"Everybody talks about getting the win but people don't realize that he's been out there and he's been pitching great for us. Having quality starts and giving us opportunities [to win]," Arencibia said. "That last inning was pretty special for all those people to really get behind him." Comments