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Encarnacion (two HRs) leads Blue Jays' battering of Phils

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TORONTO -- The 20,000th game in Philadelphia Phillies history wasn't exactly one for the record book.

Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Toronto's season-high five home runs and the Blue Jays won their eighth consecutive game against Philadelphia, beating the Phillies 12-6 on Thursday night.

Philadelphia lost twice at home to Toronto before crossing the border for two more defeats that left manager Ryne Sandberg frustrated.

"We weren't fundamentally sound for the four games," Sandberg said. "A lot of little things, little baserunning things, a base here and there, some defense, some pitches in the middle of the plate, pitching behind in the count. A lot of fundamental things we didn't execute."

Second baseman Chase Utley agreed.

"We didn't play solid baseball," Utley said. "We made some mistakes in the field."

Sandberg said he would speak to the team Friday before the opener of a three-game road series against the New York Mets.

"We'll talk, we'll talk," he said.

A.J. Burnett allowed season worsts of nine hits -- including three home runs -- and seven runs in six innings as the Phillies lost their fourth straight, matching their longest slump of the season.

Burnett came in 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA over his previous four starts, but wasn't at his best against his former team. Burnett (2-2), who lost for the first time since April 6 at Chicago, walked two and struck out four.

"Balls ran over the plate tonight," Burnett said. "I wasn't on the corners at all."

Burnett said he was disappointed not to be able to halt his team's losing streak.

"You want to come in and stop the bleeding and set the tone and that wasn't there," he said.

The Phillies became the fourth major-league team to play 20,000 games. The Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants franchises have all played more than 20,000.

Philadelphia's record is 9,406 wins, 10,480 losses and 114 ties or no decisions.

Juan Francisco, Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus also went deep to help Toronto extend its winning streak to a season-best five games. Encarnacion hit a leadoff shot in the second inning against Burnett, his 200th career home run, and added a two-run drive off Luis Garcia in the seventh for his 12th multihomer game.

Francisco followed Encarnacion's second home run with a shot to center field, his second in two days, as the Blue Jays went back-to-back for the first time this season.

Lind hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list and Rasmus added a solo drive as the Blue Jays went deep for the eighth consecutive game. Toronto's 49 home runs lead the American League. Colorado entered play Thursday with a major league-high 50.

"We are some kind of hot right now," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You put us in this ballpark, it's a home run heaven here. It's tough to pitch to. Everyone is feeding off each other."

Jose Reyes scored twice and stole two bases for the Blue Jays.

R.A. Dickey (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win for the second time in three starts. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out a season-high eight.

"It's encouraging to punch people out and keep guys off balance and feel crisp," Dickey said.

Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Marcus Stroman worked 1 1/3 innings and Esmil Rogers gave up three runs in the ninth, including Ryan Howard's two-run homer.

Notes

Philadelphia also lost four straight from April 6-10. ... The Phillies recalled Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the game and sent RHP Shawn Camp outright to their top farm team. ... Philadelphia INF Freddy Galvis was optioned to Lehigh Valley following the game. A corresponding roster move will be made Friday. ... Toronto optioned RHP Chad Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Lind. ... Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (right hamstring) missed his third straight game. ... Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez (2-1) faces Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0) on Friday. ... The Blue Jays begin a four-game series against the Angels on Friday. RHP Dustin McGowan (2-1) faces Los Angeles RHP Garrett Richards (3-0).

 
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It's a rough night for A.J. Burnett, who allows seven runs on nine hits, including the first of Edwin Encarnacion's two HRs. (USATSI)
It's a rough night for A.J. Burnett, who allows seven runs on nine hits, including the first of Edwin Encarnacion's two HRs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF-RF4100101 .227
Jimmy Rollins, DH5121021 .267
Chase Utley, 2B4021011 .325
   Ben Revere, CF1110000 .283
Ryan Howard, 1B5112023 .236
Marlon Byrd, RF4120001 .317
   Jayson Nix, 2B1000010 .154
Domonic Brown, LF3011112 .226
Wil Nieves, C4010031 .261
Cody Asche, 3B3000111 .241
Freddy Galvis, SS3100114 .048
A.J. Burnett, P0000000 .267
   Luis Garcia, P0000000 .000
Totals376105412  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (4, Dickey), Chase Utley (12, Dickey), Marlon Byrd (11, Dickey), Domonic Brown (5, Dickey)
3B - Chase Utley (1, Loup)
HR - Ryan Howard (7, Rogers)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (16), Chase Utley (16), Ryan Howard 2 (20), Domonic Brown (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (9)
SB - Ben Revere (11, 2nd base off Rogers/Thole)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Galvis-Utley-Howard, Galvis-Utley-Howard-Galvis-Howard
E - Jayson Nix (2, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Wil Nieves (1)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett (L,2-2) 6976243 2.90
Luis Garcia 2453122 9.00
WP - A.J. Burnett (4)
HBP - Reyes (by A.J. Burnett)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 103-59, Luis Garcia 44-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 7-4, Luis Garcia 3-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 27, Luis Garcia 12
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4310001 .179
Melky Cabrera, LF5022012 .331
Jose Bautista, RF-CF4112012 .298
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4233000 .257
Juan Francisco, 3B3331100 .311
Adam Lind, DH4113012 .316
Colby Rasmus, CF3111010 .234
   a-Steve Tolleson, PH-RF0100100 .455
Josh Thole, C3010111 .395
Chris Getz, 2B4000011 .211
R.A. Dickey, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Marcus Stroman, P0000000 .000
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .000
Totals3412131236  
a-walked for Rasmus in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (6, Burnett), Melky Cabrera (9, Garcia), Juan Francisco (2, Burnett)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (6, Burnett), Juan Francisco (5, Garcia), Adam Lind (2, Burnett), Colby Rasmus (9, Burnett)
SF - Jose Bautista (1)
RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (16), Jose Bautista 2 (23), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (24), Juan Francisco (12), Adam Lind 3 (9), Colby Rasmus (19)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (6), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (5), Juan Francisco (2)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (4, 3rd base off Burnett/Nieves)
CS - Josh Thole (3, 2nd base by Burnett/Nieves)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Steve Tolleson (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Josh Thole (2)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,3-3) 6.1733380 4.91
Aaron Loup 0.1100010 4.41
Marcus Stroman 1.1000010 2.70
Esmil Rogers 1233121 7.16
WP - R.A. Dickey (3), Aaron Loup (1), Esmil Rogers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 121-75, Aaron Loup 11-8, Marcus Stroman 13-8, Esmil Rogers 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 6-5, Marcus Stroman 3-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 29, Aaron Loup 2, Marcus Stroman 4, Esmil Rogers 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18158
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Hal Gibson