Lindor took a first pitch strike on a change up from Garcia

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Lindor took a first pitch strike on a change up from Garcia

Yangervis Solarte belted a grand slam in the top of the 11th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to defeat the Cleveland Indians, 13 11 , in the opening game of a doubleheader Thursday at Progressive Field.

Solarte, who Tommy Layne Jersey five hits and six RBI, drove a Tyler Olson fastball 376 feet to the bleachers in left field to break a 9 9 deadlock. The hits and RBI were both career single game highs for Solarte.

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Cleveland scored twice in the bottom of the 11th on a two run single by Edwin Encarnacion, but Toronto closer Roberto Osuna retired pinch hitter Yonder Alonso on strikes and got Jason Kipnis to line out to Kevin Pillar in center field to end it.

Francisco Lindor ignited a game tying rally with a 445 foot solo home run to center field in the eighth inning and Jose Ramirez knotted the score at 9 9, scampering home on a Toronto error when Michael Brantley bounced a ball to first that Solarte could not handle.

Manager Terry Francona said the back and forth nature of the game was agonizing because the club burned through six relief pitchers, but added he was pleased that the offense kept at it.

 That s what we do here and that s why I get proud of these guys, Francona said. That s a hard game to win.

Olson 2 2, 7.15 ERA took the loss as Cleveland used six relievers across 5 2/3 innings. Carlos Carrasco started, but struggled with command, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and walked three, giving up a two run home run to Russell Martin in the second inning and a two run double to Josh Donaldson as Toronto scored three in the fourth.

Carrasco said his biggest issue was locating his fastball.

 Every time when I went to throw my fastball for a strike, it was getting hit, Carrasco said.

Donaldson, playing for the first time since April 10 after a stint on the disabled list, greeted Tribe reliever Nick Goody in the sixth with a game tying two run homer to the bleachers in left field on the first pitch he saw.

It was the third straight home run allowed by Goody after giving up back to back dingers in his last outing against Texas on Tuesday. All three came on consecutive pitches from the 26 year old righty. Goody left the game in the seventh with an elbow injury after giving up a leadoff single to Kevin Pillar.

Zach McAllister relieved Goody and allowed a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Cleveland entered the bottom of the fourth trailing 5 0 and emerged with a 7 5 lead.

Back to back hits by Brantley and Encarnacion put two runners on base for Brandon Guyer, who lofted a one out RBI double into the left field corner. Bradley Zimmer followed with a single up the middle that scored Encarnacion and Guyer.

Garcia then struck out Erik Gonzalez on a slider in the dirt that got away from Toronto catcher Russell Martin. Gonzalez hustled to first base and Zimmer reached third as Francisco Lindor stepped to the plate.

Lindor took a first pitch strike on a change up from Garcia before blasting a three run home run to right for his sixth round tripper of the year. He now has three multi homer games in his career, and has twice accomplished the feat with a homer from either side of the plate.

The seven runs marked a season high for Cleveland in a single inning. The five run deficit was the biggest the Indians have overcome this year.

Face full of pain

Play was stopped for several minutes in the third inning as the Blue Jays medical staff attended to Solarte, who took a nasty tumble face first while tagging up from second base to third. Solarte dove awkwardly and scraped his chin on the dirt several feet in front of the base. Ironically, there was no reason for Solarte to slide. Zimmer s throw from center field went to second base.