The Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays played game four of the 2016 ALCS on Tuesday. The Indians entered the game with a 3-0 series lead, however the Jays were able to stave off elimination. They defeated the Indians 5-1 behind a strong outing from Aaron Sanchez.

Josh Donaldson homered

The Blue Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson homered in the game to open the scoring in the third inning. His homer came off of losing pitcher Corey Kluber, the right hander that had shut the Blue Jays down in game one. That game was part of the two games that opened the series, games that have generated some controversy due to questionable strike-zone calls against the Jays.

Donaldson's homerun was the only one in game four although Troy Tulowitzki came very close to going opposite field. Tulo's shot went off the wall, just inches from clearing the top, but ended up only being a single. He would not score, but the Jays did more damage later with a rally in the seventh inning that featured a two-run single from Edwin Encarnacion.

Game details for game 5

The best-of-seven-game series will stay put in Toronto for game five. Major League Baseball follows a 2-3-2 format, meaning that the home team in the series hosts games one, two, and, if needed, games six and seven. The away team in the series, which is Toronto, hosts games three to five.

The game is scheduled to start at 4pm ET again at the Rogers Centre.

If the Blue Jays win then the series will head back to Cleveland for game six. It was in six games last season that the Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals.

The probable pitching match-up on Wednesday, according to, is lefty RyanMerritt for Cleveland against righty Marco Estrada for Toronto.

Arguably the Indians are looking at this game as a throw-away game by giving the start to Merritt. The 24-year-old has 11 innings of work at the Major League level in his entire career. He was effective in a September 30th start, however the Jays will certainly be the team with the confidence in game five.

The Indians will definitely take a win on Wednesday if they can get it, but what it looks like is that manager Terry Francona is banking on his stronger pitchers back at Progressive Field for potentiallate-series games. Should Cleveland close out Toronto in game five then the Indians would be set up nicely to have their arms ready for the World Series.

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