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Nagy Wins Fourth Straight

Charles Nagy doesn't care if he allows a home run.

Despite giving up his 20th home run this season, Nagy (7-2) won his fourth straight decision, allowing seven hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings as the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 Sunday.

"I'm not concerned about giving up home runs," Nagy said. "I was for a while but there's nothing I can do. If I give up three runs on three home runs I don't care as long as I win."

Cleveland gave Nagy all the support he needed in the fourth inning. With one out, Jim Thome hit a 483-foot shot that landed in Sightlines restaurant in center field for his 13th homer. It tied for the second longest home run in SkyDome history.

"I think the ball ended up in somebody's Caesar salad as one big crouton," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said.

One batter later Mark Whiten followed with a solo shot just over the fence in left.

"I'd rather give up Thome's home run than the one to Whiten," Hentgen said. "Giving up homers is something I've done my whole career. What iced the game for them was all those singles I gave up with two outs."

After Sandy Alomar Jr. and Travis Fryman singled, David Bell hit an RBI single to score Alomar. Omar Vizquel followed with another RBI single to make it 4-2.

Hentgen (7-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings as his four-game winning streak was snapped.

Nagy allowed his major league-leading 20th home run in the first, a two-run shot by Carlos Delgado.

"He made one bad pitch to Delgado," Hargrove said. "What's he 7-2 now? If he's 14-4 and gives up 40 home runs I'll guess we'll have to take that."

Nagy got into a one-out, bases loaded jam in the fifth but escaped by allowing just one run, on Delgado's RBI fielder's choice.

The Blue Jays had the tying run at second with one out in the seventh but Alex Gonzalez was caught stealing by reliever Alvin Morman.

Manny Ramirez made it 5-3 in the eighth with an RBI single. The Indians added three insurance runs in the ninth. Alomar doubled, stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Kevin Brown. Vizquel added a sacrifice fly and David Justice had an RBI double.

Jose Mesa pitched the final two innings for his first save.

Notes: The Indians took three of four from Toronto. ... Jose Cruz Jr. was scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup after he missed batting practice. ... The Indians average seven runs per game in Nagy's starts. ... Thome has a home run in each of the last three games. ... Brian Giles sprained his left ankle in Saturday's game. He is listed as day-to-day. ... Cleveland infielder Enrique Wilson, on the disabled list since April 4 with torn ligaments in his left thumb, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Mondawith Triple A Buffalo. ... In the fourth inning Ed Sprague took a pitch off his helmet. The ball ricocheted at least 20 rows into the stands.

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