Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Encarnacion's Three-Run Homer Powers Blue Jays to 7-1 Win over Red Sox

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Encarnacion's Three-Run Homer Powers Blue Jays to 7-1 Win over Red Sox

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Encarnacion's homer powers Blue Jays to win

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TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays are making a point of grinding down opposing pitchers.

Edwin Encarnacion's three-run blast in the fourth inning powered the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

Encarnacion went 2-for-3 to lead Toronto (16-15) to a third straight win. Third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and designated-hitter Jose Bautista was 1-for-3 as the heart of Toronto's batting order earned a combined five RBIs.

"We have some guys in the middle of the lineup that can bang a little bit," said Donaldson. "Just up and down the lineup there's guys that are just constantly putting good at bats together.

"If you do that over the course of nine innings we feel like we're going to get to the pitcher eventually."

The Blue Jays finished with nine hits and eight walks, adding to their major-league leading 162 runs and 155 RBIs. Toronto is also tied for fourth in home runs (36) and is in the top 10 for all other offensive categories.

"I think that's part of what comes with having competitive at bats up and down the lineup," said Donaldson. "As much as pitchers don't want to admit it that's definitely going to wear them down."

The Blue Jays got five quality innings from Drew Hutchison (3-0), who allowed an earned run on seven hits while fanning six.

"I was getting through the ball well today," said Hutchison. "When I get down and away everything tends to fall in line. You throw harder because you're getting all the way through the baseball."

Joe Kelly (1-2) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits for Boston (13-17). He had three strikeouts but issued seven walks.

The two teams combined for 17 hits, but struggled to convert those in to runs. Toronto stranded 11 baserunners, two more than Boston.

Kelly got into trouble early, loading the bases in the first with Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion all aboard.

Toronto catcher Russell Martin, from Chelsea, Que., drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Donaldson. Bautista went to third on the play, with Encarnacion staying on first. Although the Blue Jays loaded the bases again on Encarnacion's stolen base and a walk by Kevin Pillar, they couldn't cash in any more runs. …

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