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TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion reached two offensive milestones with one mighty swing.
Encarnacion topped the 100-RBI plateau with his 40th home run, Adam Lind also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 Thursday night to send Felix Hernandez to his third straight defeat.
Encarnacion, who has 102 RBI, said he was more pleased at passing the century mark than at reaching 40 home runs.
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"I have eight years playing in the big leagues, I never got to 80," Encarnacion said. "It's not easy to get to 100 RBIs. Not many people make it to 100 RBIs so that's the bigger thing for me."
Encarnacion hit a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep.
Even Hernandez was impressed after the Toronto slugger sent a changeup into the second deck in left.
"Oh, man, that was long," Hernandez said. "That's a pretty good one right there. It was a good pitch, it was down."
Encarnacion's 40th homer moved him one behind Texas slugger Josh Hamilton, who leads the major leagues with 41.
"This is a very good right-handed power hitter," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said of Encarnacion, "and he's having one heck of a year for us."
Even after working on his power stroke last winter, Encarnacion said he "never thought" he could hit 40 home runs.
"That was part of my work in the offseason," he said. "I want to continue to do the same. I want to come back next year and try to hit 40 again."
Lind's homer was a two-run shot to right in the first.
Mathis matched a career high with the third fourth-hit game of his big league career, his second this season.
Alvarez (9-12) allowed three runs in seven innings to beat his childhood idol. Both pitchers were born in Valencia, Venezuela.
"[Hernandez] is the guy that I always follow," Alvarez said through a translator. "I'm always looking forward to see what he's doing so he can accomplish the same thing."
Alvarez, who walked three and struck out two, has won back-to-back starts for the first time since July 22-28.
Hernandez (13-8) allowed a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in four innings, struck out four and walked one. He has a 9.00 in his last three outings, losing three consecutive starts for the first time since Sept. 12-24 last year.
"That was terrible right there," a frustrated Hernandez said.
Hernandez matched a season-high by giving up 11 hits to Oakland in his last start, and complained afterward that none of his pitches had been working.
"Today, nothing was working either," he said after being beaten around by the Blue Jays.
Hernandez is 2-3 since throwing the major leagues' 23rd perfect game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15.
"I have to do something," he said. "The last three starts have been disappointing."
"That was a decent pitch and he hit it a mile," Mariners catcher John Jaso said.
|Edwin Encarnacion slams his 40th homer of the season and surpasses the 100-RBI mark with one swing. (Getty Images)|
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|Dustin Ackley, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.232|
|Munenori Kawasaki, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.194|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Casper Wells, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Alex Liddi, 3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.239|
|John Jaso, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.276|
|Michael Saunders, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.249|
|Trayvon Robinson, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.230|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.190|
|Luis Jimenez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.111|
|Carlos Peguero, RF||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.173|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.193|
|Carlos Triunfel, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|2B - Alex Liddi (4, Lincoln), Carlos Peguero (2, Alvarez), Carlos Triunfel (1, Loup)|
|HR - Dustin Ackley (11, Alvarez)|
|RBI - Dustin Ackley (49), Carlos Peguero 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (12), Carlos Peguero 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kawasaki-Triunfel-Smoak|
|Felix Hernandez (L,13-8)||4||10||7||7||1||4||2||2.92|
|HBP - Encarnacion (by Felix Hernandez)|
|WP - Felix Hernandez (12)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 90-61, Carter Capps 38-27, Hector Noesi 28-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 5-2, Carter Capps 2-1, Hector Noesi 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 23, Carter Capps 8, Hector Noesi 7|
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|Brett Lawrie, 3B||5||1||1||2||0||1||2||.277|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||2||2||0||1||1||0||.231|
|Moises Sierra, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.245|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||3||1||1||3||0||0||0||.279|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||2||.236|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.251|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.224|
|Omar Vizquel, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.218|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||1||4||1||0||0||0||.222|
|Anthony Gose, RF-CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.223|
|2B - Adam Lind (10, Hernandez), Jeff Mathis (11, Hernandez), Anthony Gose (4, Hernandez)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (40, Hernandez), Adam Lind (10, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Brett Lawrie 2 (42), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (102), Adam Lind 2 (35), Jeff Mathis (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie 2 (19), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (34), Adam Lind 2 (20)|
|SB - Kelly Johnson 2 (13, 2nd base off Capps/Jaso, 3rd base off Capps/Jaso), Rajai Davis (43, 2nd base off Hernandez/Jaso)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Henderson Alvarez (W,9-12)||7||5||3||3||3||2||1||4.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 108-69, Brad Lincoln 13-9, Aaron Loup 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 16-3, Brad Lincoln 2-0, Aaron Loup 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 29, Brad Lincoln 4, Aaron Loup 4|
|Attendance - 13756|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Paul Emmel|