Blue Jays stave off elimination with Game 4 win over Indians

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Toronto’s offence broke out of a slump, Aaron Sanchez pitched six strong innings and the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 to stay alive in the American League Championship Series.

The Blue Jays cut Cleveland’s lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-1, with Game 5 set for tomorrow at Rogers Centre.

Josh Donaldson opened the scoring with a solo home run in the third inning to give the Blue Jays their first lead of the series.

Ezequiel Carerra’s RBI single in the fourth increased Toronto’s lead to 2-0, but Cleveland got a run back on an RBI double by Roberto Perez in the top of the fifth.

Edwin Encarnacion gave the Jays some much needed insurance with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh. Kevin Pillar capped the scoring with a sac fly in the eighth.

Sanchez gave up one run on just two hits and struck out five in his first career ALCS start.