The Terry Francona era got off to a strong start on Tuesday, as the Indians mixed solid pitching with timely hitting, and tight defense, and took the season opener from the Blue Jays, 4-1 at the Rogers Centre.
The Tribe jumped on reigning N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey early. Dickey, who came over to the Blue Jays from the Mets in the offseason, struggled with his knuckleball, as Lonnie Chisenhall and Drew Stubbs drove in runs in the second inning.
The Blue Jays got one back off of Justin Masterson on a fielder's choice in the third, but Masterson settled down after that, retiring his final 11 batters, as he goes six innings, giving up one run on three hits.
Asdrubal Cabrera helped 'em pull away in the fifth, with a towering two-run home run to right to make it 4-1.
Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and Drew Stubbs all made tremendous defensive plays, as the Indians made sure the lead was safe.
Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano kept the Blue Jays' bats at bay into the 9th, where Chris Perez came on to record his first save of the season.
It's the first Opening Day win for the Tribe in five years.