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Encarnacion powers up again, Red Sox lose sixth straight

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BOSTON -- The last time the Blue Jays faced Clay Buchholz, Edwin Encarnacion was left out of the starting lineup because of his career numbers against the Red Sox right-hander.

This time, the Toronto first baseman was too hot to sit.

"I don't think you can get any hotter than this," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said on Wednesday night after Encarnacion led Toronto to a 6-4 victory against Boston by hitting two home runs off Buchholz -- his second successive multi-homer game. "He erased all that, though."

Entering the game with only one hit in 21 at-bats against Buchholz (2-4), Encarnacion hit a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run shot in the third. Encarnacion, who hit two home runs in Toronto's 7-4 victory on Tuesday, now has seven home runs in his past six games.

He is the first Toronto player to have four multi-homer games in a month, and the first major-leaguer to do so since Troy Tulowitzki in September 2010.

"It's crazy how this game is," Encarnacion said. "In April, I only had two homers; now I have (11) this month and two in one day. That shows you how crazy this is."

Drew Hutchison (3-3) allowed one run in 5⅓ innings for Toronto, which has won seven of its last nine games. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Xander Bogaerts had three hits, including two doubles, as Boston lost its sixth consecutive game. It's the team's longest losing streak since dropping the final eight games of the 2012 season, ending the Bobby Valentine era after one year.

Buchholz allowed four earned runs in 4⅔ innings, striking out two while walking two and giving up nine hits -- including two homers to a batter he had dominated.

"He's a dangerous hitter with tremendous power," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "You make mistakes, he makes you pay. This is a quick strike offense."

The Blue Jays made it 4-0 after three innings thanks to Encarnacion's two homers into the seats above the Green Monster. Shane Victorino homered for Boston -- his first since a grand slam in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers -- to make it 4-1.

Dioner Navarro's RBI single in the fifth made it 5-1 and chased Buchholz. The Blue Jays added another run in the seventh on Anthony Gose's RBI single.

The Red Sox scored three in the eighth to make it a two-run game thanks partly to back-to-back RBI doubles by Mike Carp and Bogaerts. Brock Holt singled to score Bogaerts before Brett Cecil struck out Grady Sizemore and then Steve Delabar, on his first pitch, retired Dustin Pedroia on a groundout.

Notes

A.J. Pierzynski, who was hitless in 11 consecutive at-bats, raised his hands to the heavens after singling in sixth inning. He had only two hits in his previous 27 at-bats. Pierzynski wound up with three hits in the game, including one off the first-baseman's mitt, in the ninth inning. ... Encarnacion has 15 multi-homer games in his career, four this season. ... Buchholz had allowed three earned runs or fewer in three of his previous four starts. ... SS Stephen Drew, who re-signed with the Red Sox on Wednesday after spending the first six weeks of the season as an unsigned free agent, was available to play in an emergency. He was added to the roster in the place of LHP Felix Doubront, who injured his shoulder and went on the disabled list.

 
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Edwin Encarnacion follows the flight of his second home run, which pushes Toronto's lead to 4-0 in the third inning.  (Getty Images)
Edwin Encarnacion follows the flight of his second home run, which pushes Toronto's lead to 4-0 in the third inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

E. Encarnacion
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Boston

X. Bogaerts
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5021002 .230
Melky Cabrera, LF5010014 .320
Jose Bautista, RF3000215 .287
Adam Lind, DH4220002 .319
   a-Erik Kratz, PH-DH1000011 .237
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B5223001 .253
Juan Francisco, 3B2100102 .286
   b-Steve Tolleson, PH-2B2110000 .242
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B5000012 .221
Dioner Navarro, C4021110 .276
Anthony Gose, CF3011112 .300
Drew Hutchison, P0000000 .667
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
Totals39611656  
a-struck out for Lind in the 8th
b-singled for Francisco in the 7th
Batting
3B - Adam Lind (1, Buchholz)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (13, Buchholz)
RBI - Jose Reyes (11), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (38), Dioner Navarro (18), Anthony Gose (3)
2-OUT RBI - Dioner Navarro (6), Anthony Gose (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Edwin Encarnacion (5, Dropped line drive)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Hutchison (W,3-3) 5.2611241 3.45
Aaron Loup (H,8) 1.1000110 3.43
Esmil Rogers 0.1333000 6.97
Brett Cecil (H,11) 0.1100010 4.12
Steve Delabar (H,11) 0.1000000 3.20
Casey Janssen (S,5) 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 102-69, Aaron Loup 21-11, Esmil Rogers 20-13, Brett Cecil 5-4, Steve Delabar 1-1, Casey Janssen 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 3-11, Esmil Rogers 1-0, Steve Delabar 1-0, Casey Janssen 2-0
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 26, Aaron Loup 5, Esmil Rogers 4, Brett Cecil 2, Steve Delabar 1, Casey Janssen 4
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Grady Sizemore, CF4000124 .218
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5010002 .278
David Ortiz, DH5000003 .282
Jonny Gomes, LF5000032 .242
A.J. Pierzynski, C5030010 .258
Shane Victorino, RF5211013 .265
Mike Carp, 1B3121101 .275
Xander Bogaerts, SS4131001 .283
Brock Holt, 3B3011102 .306
Clay Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   Chris Capuano, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals39411437  
Batting
2B - Mike Carp 2 (5, Hutchison), Xander Bogaerts 2 (10, Hutchison)
HR - Shane Victorino (1, Hutchison)
RBI - Shane Victorino (10), Mike Carp (4), Xander Bogaerts (8), Brock Holt (5)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (5)
SB - Grady Sizemore (3, 2nd base off Hutchison/Navarro)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Brock Holt (3, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clay Buchholz (L,2-4) 4.2954222 6.32
Chris Capuano 2211200 2.22
Andrew Miller 1.1000120 2.61
Koji Uehara 1000020 1.02
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 90-53, Chris Capuano 35-17, Andrew Miller 20-12, Koji Uehara 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 5-8, Chris Capuano 4-2, Andrew Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 26, Chris Capuano 10, Andrew Miller 5, Koji Uehara 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36116
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Lance Barksdale