- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

CLEVELAND (AP) - Anthony Reyes pitched six innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 on Sunday to earn their first victory of the season.

Travis Hafner and Mark DeRosa each hit a two-run homer and Trevor Crowe doubled in two runs for the Indians, who avoided their worst start in 95 years. Cleveland lost its first six games in 1914.

The Washington Nationals are the majors’ only remaining winless team at 0-6.

Jensen Lewis worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings and Kerry Wood struck out the side on 13 pitches in a perfect ninth for Cleveland.

Lewis replaced Rafael Perez with Blue Jays on second and third and one out in the seventh. He struck out Marco Scutaro and got Aaron Hill to fly out on the first pitch to preserve a 5-4 lead.

Blue Jays starter David Purcey struck out 10 over 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander also walked six and allowed five runs and four hits.

Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer and Alex Rios tripled in a run for Toronto.

Reyes became the first Indians starter to pitch six innings. The Blue Jays had scored a major league-high 42 runs in winning five of their first six games, but managed only four runs and three hits against the right-hander.

Cleveland starters were 0-4 with a 13.28 ERA during the team’s losing streak.

Crowe’s first career hit gave the Indians a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning but Rios hit an RBI triple in the sixth and scored on Wells’ first homer of the season to get the Blue Jays within one.

Cleveland responded with three runs in the eighth. Hafner’s two-run drive over the wall in right-center off Brandon League was his third in three games and 150th of his career. Shin-Soo Choo added an RBI single.

Grady Sizemore got Cleveland’s offense off to a fast start. He walked in the first inning then stole second as DeRosa struck out. He went to third on Purcey’s wild pitch and scored after catcher Rod Barajas threw wildly to third.

Sizemore walked again to open the third. DeRosa then hit the first pitch over the wall in left for a 3-0 lead.

Notes:@ Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said LHP Scott Lewis will not throw for five to 10 days. Lewis is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left forearm. … Indians OF David Dellucci, out since March 30 with a strained left calf, is expected to DH this week in extended spring training in Arizona. … The Indians got good reports on RHPs Jake Westbrook and Adam Miller from Arizona. Last June, Westbrook had Tommy John surgery and Miller had surgery on his right middle finger. Westbrook is on track to possibly return in midseason while Miller is throwing all his pitches and could join a minor league team soon. … Toronto has not started 6-1 since 1994. … The Blue Jays failed to get their first three-game sweep in Cleveland since 2002.

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