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Toronto at Arizona

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Toronto (26-20) «00215310012170
Arizona (20-25)1001100014102

Blue Jays 12, Diamondbacks 4

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PHOENIX -- Edwin Encarnacion simply laughed when the Toronto slugger was asked whether he'll miss hitting at Chase Field.

"You never know what's going to happen in a stadium," Encarnacion said. "But I got hot in this series and I'll just keep working."

Encarnacion hit a two-run homer Sunday, his fifth of the series, and Jose Bautista also hit a two-run shot to help the Blue Jays beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-4 and avoid a sweep.

The Blue Jays, the major league leaders in home runs, brought their team total to 76, and they established a season high for hits with 17. Toronto had 36 for the series and left the desert after belting 10 home runs in the three games.

Encarnacion hit three Friday and added one Saturday to go with his home run Sunday. Manager Cito Gaston thought about giving him Sunday off, but wisely put him in the lineup. He's 7 for 19 with six homers and 11 RBI since returning from the disabled list May 17.

"It seemed like it happened pretty fast," said Diamondbacks starter Billy Buckner. "They seem to catch the momentum. They hit together. It was contagious for them."

Bautista finished with four RBIs, including his two-run homer during a five-run fifth inning that staked Shawn Marcum to a big lead. Bautista also had a two-run single in the third.

"Hope it continues, that's all," Gaston said.

After missing most of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Marcum (4-1) turned in another strong performance, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out eight and helped his own cause with an RBI double in the fourth, his first big league hit.

All four of Marcum's wins have followed Blue Jays losses.

"It was very nice to see the guys come out and swing the bats the way they did," Marcum said. "My mechanics felt way off. Everything just kind of felt like spring training all over again. It was more just kind of staying relaxed and trying to keep the ball down in the zone."

John McDonald drove in a pair of runs, and Jose Molina and Adam Lind also had RBI for Toronto. Most of the damage came against Buckner (0-2), who allowed seven runs on 11 hits and a walk in only four innings.

Diamondbacks infielder Tony Abreu left the game in the fifth with what the team is calling a sprained left wrist, which he hurt when Molina slid into his left arm trying to take second base on a hit. Abreu could be headed to the disabled list after another examination.

"He is not doing great. His hands are pretty messed up and he hurt his forearm," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "It could be broken and we are going to have more tests."

The Diamondbacks scored single runs off Marcum in the first, fourth and fifth innings, on RBI singles by Justin Upton, Chris Young and Augie Ojeda. Abreu, Stephen Drew and Conor Jackson all doubled and scored for Arizona, which had its four-game win streak snapped.

The Diamondbacks' four doubles gave them 22 in the past five games. Young added a solo home run in the eighth, his seventh of the season.

Notes

The Blue Jays designated pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment, effective Monday. Eveland was 3-4 with a 6.45 ERA in nine starts for Toronto, and walked 27 batters compared to 21 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings. No corresponding roster move was announced Gaston gave OF Vernon Wells and IF Alex Gonzalez their first day off the season. The two had played in all 45 of Toronto's games entering Sunday. ... Kris Benson pitches Monday on a rehab start in Albuquerque for Triple-A Reno. Hinch said Benson (right shoulder) will go four innings or about 60 pitches. He'll likely have at least one more rehab start, even if everything goes well.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, CF6120011 .286
Aaron Hill, 2B4200104 .161
    Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Adam Lind, LF4221000 .231
    Jeremy Reed, LF0000000 .167
Jose Bautista, RF5124014 .242
Lyle Overbay, 1B5120003 .215
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4222101 .275
John McDonald, SS4222102 .250
Jose Molina, C5131001 .295
Shaun Marcum, P3011023 .333
    Shawn Camp, P10100001.000
    Mike McCoy, 2B1000010 .190
Totals4212171135  
Batting
2B - Adam Lind (8, Valdez), John McDonald (5, Buckner), Shaun Marcum (1, Buckner)
HR - Jose Bautista (14, Buckner), Edwin Encarnacion (7, Buckner)
SF - Adam Lind (2)
RBI - Adam Lind (24), Jose Bautista 4 (38), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (16), John McDonald 2 (3), Jose Molina (4), Shaun Marcum (1)
2-OUT RBI - John McDonald 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay, McDonald-McCoy-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (W,4-1) 5633180 2.82
Shawn Camp 2200010 2.84
Scott Downs 1100010 2.57
Kevin Gregg 1111201 3.54
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 103-67, Shawn Camp 27-16, Scott Downs 9-7, Kevin Gregg 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 4-3, Shawn Camp 3-1, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 22, Shawn Camp 7, Scott Downs 4, Kevin Gregg 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Conor Jackson, LF4110011 .250
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Rosa, P0000000 .000
   a- John Hester, PH1000001 .189
Tony Abreu, 2B2110000 .313
    Augie Ojeda, 2B3011002 .150
Stephen Drew, SS4110012 .299
Justin Upton, RF4011022 .269
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000012 .283
    Rusty Ryal, 1B1010000 .353
Mark Reynolds, 3B3010121 .231
Chris Young, CF4122021 .298
Chris Snyder, C3000113 .224
Billy Buckner, P1000000 .333
    Cesar Valdez, P1000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   b- Gerardo Parra, PH-LF1010100 .247
Totals354104310  
a-grounded into a double play for Rosa in the 9th
b-singled for Rivera in the 7th
Batting
2B - Conor Jackson (8, Marcum), Tony Abreu (6, Marcum), Stephen Drew (11, Marcum), Mark Reynolds (9, Camp)
HR - Chris Young (7, Gregg)
RBI - Augie Ojeda (2), Justin Upton (23), Chris Young 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (8), Chris Young (16)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Conor Jackson 2
E - Tony Abreu (4, Misplayed grounder), Conor Jackson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Billy Buckner (L,0-2) 41187122 9.00
Cesar Valdez 2332210 7.82
Saul Rivera 1311000 27.00
Juan Gutierrez 1000000 8.83
Carlos Rosa 1000020 4.50
IBB - Encarnacion by Cesar Valdez
WP - Billy Buckner (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Billy Buckner 79-53, Cesar Valdez 32-18, Saul Rivera 17-13, Juan Gutierrez 12-7, Carlos Rosa 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Billy Buckner 7-4, Cesar Valdez 2-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-2
Batters Faced - Billy Buckner 25, Cesar Valdez 9, Saul Rivera 6, Juan Gutierrez 3, Carlos Rosa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23148
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian O'Nora