Indians starting pitcher TJ House's outing started out well, but he couldnít keep the Toronto Blue Jaysí offense down for long in a 5-1 loss at Progressive Field Thursday night.



House didnít allow a hit through three innings, retiring nine of the first 11 batters on ground-ball outs. Only two four-pitch walks kept him from three straight 1-2-3 innings.



It appeared to be a positive sign for House, who due to the schedule in the first month of the season and then Trevor Bauer getting food poisoning last Saturday, hadnít had many opportunities to throw on a normal, every-fifth-day schedule. Indians manager Terry Francona said before the game he hoped this would be the start of House settling down.



In the top of the fourth inning, though, things came unglued. Jose Bautista opened with a walk and Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia each followed with a single to right field to make it 1-0. Russell Martin doubled to right field to score one and Kevin Pillar doubled to left to score two, putting the Blue Jays up 4-0. Later, Jonathan Diazís sacrifice bunt capped the scoring.



House fell to 0-4 this season and his ERA rose to 13.15. Ryan Webb, called up from Triple-A Columbus Wednesday, made his Indians debut with three scoreless innings, Bryan Shaw threw two and Nick Hagadone threw one.



The Indians offense had plenty of opportunities before the Blue Jaysí (11-12) offense found a rhythm but couldnít convert against left-handed starter Bud Norris (2-1). In the first inning, Michael Brantley doubled with two outs only to have Carlos Santana ground out to end the inning. In the second, the Indians loaded the bases on a Ryan Raburn single and back-to-back walks to Lonnie Chisenhall and Roberto Perez. That threat was ended as Michael Bourn popped up to second base and Jason Kipnis flew out to second base.



In the third, Santana and Brandon Moss each singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Raburn couldnít do anything with it and grounded out to the pitcher.

Through the first three innings, the Indians stranded six runners on base, five of them in scoring position. It was then the top of the fourth that the Blue Jays opened up a 5-0 lead.



The Indiansí final threat came in the eighth inning. Moss and Raburn each singled to open the inning. Chisenhall then grounded into a fielderís choice and Perez grounded into a double play.



The lone run of the night came courtesy of Brantley (3-for-4), who singled home Mike Aviles on a single to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning.



The Indians end the month of April at 7-14. The last time they won seven or fewer games by the start of May was 2003. That team went 68-94.