CLEVELAND — A difficult road trip for the Toronto Blue Jays ended with a disappointing loss Sunday.
Jason Kipnis had four hits, including a solo homer, and drove in a pair of runs as the Cleveland Indians rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Blue Jays 10-7.
Rookie second baseman Devon Travis belted a grand slam in the top of the fourth, when Toronto scored six times off Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer to take a 6-1 lead.
Cleveland answered with nine straight runs, sending Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison to an early exit and Toronto home with a 3-7 mark on its longest scheduled trip of the season.
"You’d like to chalk this up as one of those wacky baseball days, but it’s been happening way too often," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It’s very deflating having a 6-1 lead and losing — that’s pretty obvious — but it’s a big man’s sport. We’ve got to iron some stuff out and get better."
Hutchison allowed six runs and eight hits in a season low-tying 4 1-3 innings. The right-hander has failed to make it into the sixth in four of his six starts, costing himself three potential wins by not pitching the required five innings.
"I continue to hurt our bullpen by not going enough innings, which is unacceptable," said Hutchison, who is 2-0 with a 7.47 ERA. "The offence once again gave me some runs, but I need to pitch better. I need to go out there and get the job done, and not kill our bullpen, too."
Jeff Francis (1-1) was charged with the loss after allowing a two-run, pinch-hit double to Ryan Raburn in the fifth. He faced five batters, four of whom reached base, in handing the Indians an 8-6 lead.
Marc Rzepczynski (1-0) followed Bauer and picked up the win with one scoreless inning for Cleveland, which is 4-8 at Progressive Field after splitting the four-game series.
Catcher Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the ninth off Indians closer Cody Allen. Martin, left fielder Michael Saunders, and right fielder Ezequiel Carrera each had two hits for Toronto.
"As a unit, I wish we were better, but it’s a process," Martin said. "It’s kind of a grind for us right now."
Travis’ grand slam was the first for the Blue Jays since Colby Rasmus on May 4, 2014, against Pittsburgh. It was his seventh homer of the season, which leads AL rookies, as does his .316 batting average.
"The kid is good and he’s been pretty good all season," Gibbons said. "There is no silver lining today, but he’s a pretty special find for us."
Toronto RHP Miguel Castro, who has a team-high four saves, allowed two runs in 1 1-3 innings in a mop-up role. He has a 10.13 ERA with two losses and two blown saves over his last seven appearances. "What he’s in right now is a good role to get him on track," Gibbons said. "I’m proud of the kid."
But after the game, Castro and RHP Scott Copeland were optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, and RHP Steve Delabar and RHP Chad Jenkins were recalled.
Blue Jays: SS Jose Reyes (left rib fracture) has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 28. The four-time National League All-Star suffered the injury on April 12 against Baltimore.
Indians: CF Michael Bourn (neck strain) went 0 for 3 with a run after missing one game with a cervical strain. He was hurt Friday while attempting to score, but landed face-first in the dirt.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey, who is 0-3 in five starts, faces the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series Monday in Toronto. The knuckleballer held New York to one run in 6 1-3 innings on April 8.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar will start Tuesday at Kansas City. He beat the Royals in his last outing on April 29, but hit shortstop Alcides Escobar with a pitch that forced him onto the seven-day concussion DL.