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Blue Jays' Morrow eyes rare road win against Indians

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Brandon Morrow tries for his first road win since June 2012 when the Toronto Blue Jays go for a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Morrow didn't get a decision at Minnesota on Tuesday when he allowed four hits and two runs in 3 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander saw the Blue Jays win, 9-3, but Morrow was removed after throwing 98 pitches on the cold night at Target Field.

He's 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 12 games (6 starts) against the Indians.

Morrow is 0-5 over his last eight road starts and hasn't won an away contest since June 6, 2012 when he tossed a two-hit shutout against the White Sox.

Carlos Carrasco counters on the hill for the Indians. The righty is seeking his first win as a starter since June 29, 2011 at Arizona. Carrasco snapped a personal nine-game skid with a relief victory against the Angels on Aug. 20 last season, but he has taken either a no-decision or a loss in each of his last 15 starting assignments.

In his last start, on April 11 versus the White Sox, Carrasco gave up six hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings to lose for the second time in as many starts this season. His lone appearance against the Blue Jays resulted in a hefty loss when he surrendered seven hits and five runs in just three innings.

The Indians have left 19 men on base through the first two games of this set and are in danger of being swept by the Blue Jays for the first time since May 3-5, 2010, with that series also taking place in Cleveland.

On Saturday, Dioner Navarro drove in three runs to back another stellar start from Mark Buehrle in a 5-0 final.

Buehrle (4-0) spun seven-plus scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and three walks while striking out three to remain unbeaten on the season. The veteran left-hander has given up just two runs in four starts this year.

"He's just locked in right now," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Buehrle. "One thing about Buehrle is he pitches to win. He doesn't pitch for stats. You get guys in this game who pitch for stats, he pitches to win and you need more guys like that."

Jose Bautista added an RBI and two runs scored and Jose Reyes, who'd been on the disabled list since aggravating a left hamstring injury on Opening Day, also knocked in a run for the Jays, who had lost two straight before claiming Friday's series opener.

Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (1-2) yielded all five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames to absorb his first home loss since May 31, 2013 against Detroit.

Asdrubal Cabrera recorded one of the four hits for the Indians, who have lost three straight and seven of their last nine games overall.

"You just can't fall into the frustration and letting that affect you," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of his team's recent struggles. "It's easy in this game (to get frustrated) and we're going to have to fight through that."

Cleveland won four of the six meetings last season.

Brandon Morrow tries for his first road win since June 2012 when the Toronto Blue Jays go for a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Morrow didn't get a decision at Minnesota on Tuesday when he allowed four hits and two runs in 3 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander saw the Blue Jays win, 9-3, but Morrow was removed after throwing 98 pitches on the cold night at Target Field.

He's 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 12 games (6 starts) against the Indians.

Morrow is 0-5 over his last eight road starts and hasn't won an away contest since June 6, 2012 when he tossed a two-hit shutout against the White Sox.

Carlos Carrasco counters on the hill for the Indians. The righty is seeking his first win as a starter since June 29, 2011 at Arizona. Carrasco snapped a personal nine-game skid with a relief victory against the Angels on Aug. 20 last season, but he has taken either a no-decision or a loss in each of his last 15 starting assignments.

In his last start, on April 11 versus the White Sox, Carrasco gave up six hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings to lose for the second time in as many starts this season. His lone appearance against the Blue Jays resulted in a hefty loss when he surrendered seven hits and five runs in just three innings.

The Indians have left 19 men on base through the first two games of this set and are in danger of being swept by the Blue Jays for the first time since May 3-5, 2010, with that series also taking place in Cleveland.

On Saturday, Dioner Navarro drove in three runs to back another stellar start from Mark Buehrle in a 5-0 final.

Buehrle (4-0) spun seven-plus scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and three walks while striking out three to remain unbeaten on the season. The veteran left-hander has given up just two runs in four starts this year.

"He's just locked in right now," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Buehrle. "One thing about Buehrle is he pitches to win. He doesn't pitch for stats. You get guys in this game who pitch for stats, he pitches to win and you need more guys like that."

Jose Bautista added an RBI and two runs scored and Jose Reyes, who'd been on the disabled list since aggravating a left hamstring injury on Opening Day, also knocked in a run for the Jays, who had lost two straight before claiming Friday's series opener.

Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (1-2) yielded all five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and three walks over 6 2/3 frames to absorb his first home loss since May 31, 2013 against Detroit.

Asdrubal Cabrera recorded one of the four hits for the Indians, who have lost three straight and seven of their last nine games overall.

"You just can't fall into the frustration and letting that affect you," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of his team's recent struggles. "It's easy in this game (to get frustrated) and we're going to have to fight through that."

Cleveland won four of the six meetings last season.

Brandon Morrow (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

Today's Blue Jays lineup vs. Indians

1. Jose Reyes-SS
2. Melky Cabrera-LF
3. Jose Bautista-RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion-DH
5. Juan Francisco-1B
6. Brett Lawrie-3B
7. Colby Rasmus-CF
8. Josh Thole-C
9. Ryan Goins-2B
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