Toronto outscores Cleveland 9-6 to end Indians’ 14-game winning streak

TORONTO – Josh Donaldson drove in Ezequiel Carrera with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Cleveland 9-6 on Saturday to end the Indians’ 14-game winning streak.

Carrera was originally called out by umpire D.J. Reyburn but the decision was overturned on review. Michael Saunders added a two-run double later in the frame off Tommy Hunter to provide some insurance for closer Roberto Osuna, who earned his 16th save.

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Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Troy Tulowitzki added a two-run shot and Donaldson had a solo blast for Toronto (44-39).

Rajai Davis hit for the cycle for the Indians (49-31).

Cleveland’s 14-game win streak was the longest in franchise history. It was the longest in the American League since the Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row in 2002.

Davis, who became the eighth player in Indians’ history to hit for the cycle, led off the game by belting a 3-2 pitch from Marco Estrada off the facing of the second deck in left field.

It was his first leadoff homer of the season and ninth overall.

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Cleveland pitcher Zach McAllister made his first start of the season despite working an inning of relief in a 2-1, 19-inning win over the Blue Jays on Friday. Trevor Bauer was originally tabbed to start but he was pressed into five innings of relief work after the Indians depleted their bullpen.

McAllister hit Carrera with his first pitch of the afternoon.

Donaldson walked before Encarnacion took a 1-1 pitch deep for his 22nd homer of the year.

Encarnacion was well rested after missing most of the six-hour, 13-minute affair a day earlier due to a first-inning ejection.

McAllister was pulled after a 31-pitch opening frame and replaced by Jeff Manship, who also worked an inning.

Estrada, meanwhile, gave up leadoff hits in the first three frames. He escaped damage in the second inning but a Davis triple scored Tyler Naquin in the third.

Left-hander Shawn Morimando, who was called up from double-A Akron before the game, made his big-league debut in the third inning. He gave up a pair of singles in the frame and worked 3 2/3 innings in all.

Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, his 18th homer of the year and second in as many days. Estrada, who has battled back tightness at times this season, appeared to be in some discomfort at times in the frame.

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The Indians nearly got out of the fifth unscathed, but Santana couldn’t squeeze the ball on a throw to first base that would have been the final out.

Instead, Russell Martin reached on what was generously scored a hit and Tulowitzki cashed him in with his 13th homer of the year.

Estrada, who threw 96 pitches over five innings, gave up five hits, three earned runs and struck out seven. He was replaced by Joe Biagini, who loaded the bases before hitting Juan Uribe with a pitch to halve the lead.

Southpaw Aaron Loup came on and got Naquin to ground out. Drew Hutchison gave up a one-out double to Davis in the seventh and the former Blue Jay scored when Jose Ramirez used the 10th pitch of his at-bat to squeeze a single through the infield.

Mike Napoli doubled to bring Ramirez home with the go-ahead run.

Donaldson answered in the bottom half by launching Dan Otero’s first pitch some 431 feet for his 20th homer of the year to tie things up again.

Jason Grilli (2-2) worked a clean eighth inning for the Blue Jays and Otero (2-1) absorbed the loss. The crowd of 46,197 gave Davis a nice round of applause when he singled in the ninth to complete the cycle.


Charges pending after pedestrian struck and killed in north Edmonton parking lot

A 50-year-old woman has died in hospital after being struck by a vehicle in north Edmonton Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. in a shopping centre parking lot near 137 Ave and 135 St.

According to police, the woman was walking towards a nearby store when she was hit.

“The female was subsequently struck by a vehicle crossing into the parking lot as she was trying to make her way into some of the businesses here,” Cst. Pierre Lemire of the Edmonton Police Service said.

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A 32-year old woman driving a Ford Escape stopped at a five-way stop sign marked intersection to allow the woman to cross, police said.

“At the same time, a 79-year-old male driver of a Kia Sportage proceeded through the intersection, striking the Ford Escape from behind, causing the Kia to accelerate across a curb and rock median striking the woman and driving over top of her,” police said in a release Saturday evening.

Firefighters had to pull the woman from beneath the vehicle after she became pinned under the Kia.

“It would appear that one vehicle had stopped to allow the pedestrian to go by, unfortunately the other vehicle failed to negoiate properly and subsequently drove around the first vehicle striking the female,” Cst. Lemire said.

She was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she died of her injuries.

Lemire said the family had been notified but the victim’s name would not be released at this time.

Charges are pending against the 79-year-old driver.


UPDATED: Winnipeg plane crash victims identified

WINNIPEG – The Royal Canadian Air Force has identified the two men killed in a plane crash on the outskirts of Winnipeg Friday morning as Capt. Bradley Ashcroft and Capt. Zachary Cloutier-Gill.

Capt. Ashcroft had served in the Armed Forces for over nine years and was a member of the Construction Engineering Branch based in Winnipeg.

Capt. Cloutier-Gill was an Air Combat Systems Officer and part of the Air Mobility Section based in Winnipeg. He had been a member of the Armed Forces for nearly 12 years.

The Transportation Safety Board released photos of the deadly plane crash that claimed two lives on the outskirts of Winnipeg.

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“This is a sad day for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces. We have lost two members of our military family who served their country well. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and loved ones, whom we are working to support in the wake of this tragedy,” read a statement released by Major-General Christian Drouin, commander of 1 Air Division and the Canadian Norad Region.

The crash happened on Friday morning at around 10 a.m. several kms north of Highway 1 between the Red River Floodway and the city’s water treatment plant.

It caused a black plume of smoke to rise into the sky and the wreckage caught fire after it hit the ground.

The plane, a Piper PA 28, belonged to the Manitoba chapter of the Recreational Aircraft Association that operates out of the Lyncrest airfield, located just a few kms from the crash site.

Capt. Cloutier-Gill and Capt. Ashcroft were not on duty at the time.

It’s still unclear what caused the plane to go down. The investigation is in the hands of the Transportation Safety Board.

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