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Toronto at Arizona

Toronto (64-75) «14001001310152
Arizona (69-68)000120100472

Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4 wire reports

PHOENIX -- Edwin Encarnacion says Chase Field is "one of the best" places to hit in the majors.

Of course he should feel that way.

The Toronto slugger homered for a record fifth straight time at the Arizona ballpark to help the Blue Jays beat the fading Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Tuesday night.

"Eddie hits everywhere," Toronto manager John Gibbons said, "but he hits really well here."

Rajai Davis, Adam Lind and Moises Sierra also homered for the Blue Jays, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead in two innings off Wade Miley (9-10).

Toronto clinched its third straight series. The Blue Jays have won five of six and seven of nine.

"It's been a tough year for us but we're playing some good baseball right now," Gibbons said. "We've got some young guys in there that are contributing, bringing some energy. The bottom line too is when you pitch, you've got a chance, and that's pretty much what we've been doing lately."

The Diamondbacks have lost three straight and five of six, all at home.

Adam Eaton, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Montero homered for Arizona, which fell eight games behind Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card spot.

Washington moved ahead of the Diamondbacks in the wild-card chase.

"We have to figure out how to get something going," Eaton said. "It is called a grind for a reason and we can't put our heads down and pout about it. We have to get something going, some way and somehow and figure it out."

Todd Redmond (3-2) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings for his second win in a row.

"The offense did a great job tonight. Hat's off to them," he said, "and I was able to keep the ball down and throw strikes."

Encarnacion also doubled, singled and walked twice. Going back to May 2010, he has seven home runs in his past five games at Chase.

"It surprised me when they told me that, but it's good," he said. "You can see the ball good here -- I can see it."

Miley didn't make it out of the second inning, allowing five runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. Eaton had two throwing errors in left field, one of which led to an unearned run.

Toronto got one run in the first on Brett Lawrie's RBI single, then added four in the second to bring a quick end to Miley's night.

Kevin Pillar doubled with one out, then Redmond walked. Jose Reyes followed with a single but was picked off first base.

That saved a run for Arizona because Davis sent Miley's 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center, a two-run shot that made it 4-0. Encarnacion doubled and Lawrie got another RBI single to put the Blue Jays up 5-0.

Miley walked Mark DeRosa and the Arizona left-hander's night was over. Josh Collmenter came on and retired J.P. Arencibia to end the inning.

Redmond was perfect through three innings before Eaton led off the fourth with a home run to the swimming pool area in left field.

The Diamondbacks went on to get runners at first and third with one out in the inning, but Aaron Hill grounded sharply to third and Toronto converted the inning-ending double play.

The Blue Jays got a run off Collmenter in the fifth when DeRosa led off with a single and reached third when Eaton's throw from left field after Arencibia's fly out sailed into the Toronto dugout. DeRosa scored the unearned run on Sierra's double off Eaton's glove at the wall in left-center.

Arizona cut it to 6-3 on Gregorius' two-run home run into the right field seats off Redmond in the fifth.

Another leadoff homer, this one in the seventh by Montero off Neil Wagner, cut the lead to 6-4. Gerardo Parra followed with an infield single, but was erased when pinch hitter Willie Bloomquist grounded into a double play.

Encarnacion's towering home run off Will Harris in the seventh put Toronto up 7-4.

Toronto blew the game open in the ninth. Lind's pinch-hit home run off left-hander Eury de La Rosa made it 8-4, then Sierra's two-run shot, his first homer of the season, put Toronto up 10-4.

The shortstop Reyes threw A.J. Pollock out from his backside after knocking down a sharp grounder in the first inning. He said he had done that only once before, also in Arizona when he was with the New York Mets.


The Diamondbacks recalled 3B Matt Davidson and C Tuffy Gosewisch and selected SS Chris Owings from Triple-A Reno. Owings was the PCL player of the year. LHP Matt Reynolds was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Owings on the 40-man roster. ... Owings grounded out as a pinch hitter in the fifth in his major league debut. ... Toronto recalled RHP Kyle Drabek from Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays also selected LHP Ricky Romero, RHP Jeremy Jeffress and C Mike Nickeas from Buffalo. LHP Luis Perez returned from a medical rehab assignment and activated from the 60-day DL. ... Randall Delgado (4-5, 3.67 ERA) goes for Arizona and Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.92) for Toronto in the series finale Wednesday afternoon.

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Players of the Game

M. Sierra
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

M. Montero
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS6131010 .292
Rajai Davis, CF-LF5112042 .264
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3231200 .279
Brett Lawrie, 3B5022013 .255
Mark DeRosa, 2B3110113 .217
   a-Adam Lind, PH1111000 .284
J.P. Arencibia, C4100114 .208
Moises Sierra, RF5133010 .265
Kevin Pillar, LF4110012 .173
   Anthony Gose, CF1000000 .239
Todd Redmond, P2100111 .000
   Ryan Goins, 2B2000001 .325
a-homered for McGowan in the 9th
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (27, Miley), Moises Sierra 2 (4, Collmenter), Kevin Pillar (2, Miley)
HR - Rajai Davis (3, Miley), Edwin Encarnacion (36, Harris), Adam Lind (17, De La Rosa), Moises Sierra (1, De La Rosa)
RBI - Jose Reyes (31), Rajai Davis 2 (18), Edwin Encarnacion (102), Brett Lawrie 2 (38), Adam Lind (48), Moises Sierra 3 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis 2 (12), Edwin Encarnacion (54), Brett Lawrie (12)
SB - Jose Reyes (13, 2nd base off Roe/Montero), Brett Lawrie (7, 2nd base off Miley/Montero)
PK - Jose Reyes (2, Miley)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Lawrie-DeRosa-Encarnacion, Lawrie-DeRosa-Encarnacion-Reyes-Goins-Encarnacion, Lawrie-DeRosa-Encarnacion-Reyes-Goins-Encarnacion-Reyes-Goins-Encarnacion
E - Jose Reyes 2 (7, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Todd Redmond (W,3-2) 5433022 4.40
Neil Wagner (H,8) 1311101 3.21
Darren Oliver (H,8) 1000000 4.06
Dustin McGowan (H,4) 1000010 1.89
Aaron Loup 1000010 2.47
WP - Neil Wagner (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 71-51, Neil Wagner 20-15, Darren Oliver 5-4, Dustin McGowan 16-9, Aaron Loup 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 7-6, Neil Wagner 2-0, Darren Oliver 1-1, Dustin McGowan 1-2, Aaron Loup 1-1
Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 19, Neil Wagner 6, Darren Oliver 2, Dustin McGowan 4, Aaron Loup 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Adam Eaton, LF4111000 .269
A.J. Pollock, CF4010000 .253
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3000111 .293
Martin Prado, 3B4010012 .289
Aaron Hill, 2B4000002 .304
Miguel Montero, C4221010 .235
Gerardo Parra, RF4010011 .270
Didi Gregorius, SS2112000 .261
   a-Willie Bloomquist, PH-SS1000001 .341
   Josh Collmenter, P1000000 .091
   b-Chris Owings, PH1000000 .000
   c-Matt Davidson, PH1000000 .172
a-grounded into a double play for Gregorius in the 7th
b-grounded out for Collmenter in the 5th
c-lined out for Hernandez in the 7th
HR - Adam Eaton (3, Redmond), Miguel Montero (10, Wagner), Didi Gregorius (6, Redmond)
RBI - Adam Eaton (14), Miguel Montero (36), Didi Gregorius 2 (23)
SB - A.J. Pollock (10, 2nd base off McGowan/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 3
E - Adam Eaton 2 (4, Throwing)
PB - Miguel Montero (8)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Wade Miley (L,9-10) 1.2855231 3.78
Josh Collmenter 3.1210130 2.59
Chaz Roe 1100130 4.63
David Hernandez 1100010 5.47
Will Harris 1111011 2.36
Eury De La Rosa 1233102 3.00
IBB - Encarnacion by Chaz Roe
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 59-31, Josh Collmenter 59-38, Chaz Roe 17-11, David Hernandez 17-15, Will Harris 19-12, Eury De La Rosa 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 1-0, Josh Collmenter 2-5, David Hernandez 1-1, Will Harris 2-0, Eury De La Rosa 3-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 14, Josh Collmenter 13, Chaz Roe 5, David Hernandez 4, Will Harris 4, Eury De La Rosa 6
Game Information
Attendance - 19100
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Al Porter