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Indians snap 3-game skid

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.

Cleveland entered the sixth trailing 4-2, but reliever Aaron Loup (1-1) walked the bases loaded before Murphy delivered a line drive past third base that kicked off the stands and caromed into shallow left field, allowing all three runners to score.

Axford, the fourth Cleveland reliever, loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before retiring Edwin Encarnacion on a groundout for his sixth save.

Josh Outman (3-0) recorded the final out of the sixth and Cleveland’s bullpen pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona told reporters before the game he called a team meeting after Saturday’s defeat. The Indians, who had dropped seven of nine, responded by breaking a three-game skid.

Michael Brantley hit a solo homer in the second and added an RBI double in the fourth.