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Encarnacion hits 13th HR of May; Jays' streak hits seven

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TORONTO -- On a night when Drew Hutchison didn't have his best stuff, the Toronto Blue Jays' offense did more than enough to bail him out.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run in May, Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson added back-to-back shots and the Blue Jays won their seventh consecutive game Monday, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5.

Melky Cabrera had three hits and three RBI as the AL East-leading Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 14 games.

Hutchison struggled through five innings but won his career-best third straight start thanks to a lineup that had 16 hits, with all nine starters picking up at least one.

"I didn't have to do too much because of what they were able to do," Hutchison said.

Toronto has hit at least one home run in nine straight games and leads the majors with 73 this season, including an ML-best 41 in May.

"They just put the heavy gloves on and beat us up tonight," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings and James Loney all hit solo home runs for the Rays, whose season-high four-game winning streak was snapped.

Hutchison (4-3) allowed five runs and seven hits, matched a season-worst with four walks and struck out none.

"I wasn't locating my fastball very good at all," Hutchison said. "Nothing was good, nothing was sharp."

Catcher Dioner Navarro said he knew early that Hutchison didn't have it.

"It was a battle," Navarro said. "I sensed that early in the game, I kind of knew it was going to be one of those days."

It was one of those days, too, for Rays starter Erik Bedard, as Toronto jumped on the left-hander with five straight hits to start the first.

Jose Reyes had a bunt single and scored on Cabrera's double. Jose Bautista singled home Cabrera but was caught in a rundown.

Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie both singled, but Bedard got Navarro and Tolleson to fly out.

"They're hitting every hole," Bedard said. "Everything was going their way. They hit good pitches and everything."

The Rays tied it in the third on a homer by DeJesus and a sacrifice fly by Loney, but the Blue Jays reclaimed the lead with three in the third.

Navarro and Tolleson opened the inning with home runs on consecutive pitches from Bedard, who'd only allowed one home run in 37 2/3 innings coming into the game.

It was the third time this season the Blue Jays have gone back-to-back. Cabrera made it 5-2 with a two-out RBI single.

Tampa Bay battled back to tie it at 5 with a three-run fifth. Matt Joyce doubled and scored when Jennings homered on the first pitch. Loney followed with a blast to right, the first time this season the Rays have hit consecutive homers.

"It was just not enough," Maddon said. "They kept adding on."

Toronto answered with a four-run, bat-around inning in the bottom half. Lawrie hit an RBI double and scored on Navarro's ground ball single, which chased Bedard. Alex Colome came on and issued a bases-loaded walk to Reyes, then gave up a sacrifice fly to Cabrera.

Bedard (2-3) lost his second straight start, allowing eight runs in four innings. He walked none, struck out two and had his ERA rise from 2.63 to 4.10.

Encarnacion led off the sixth with a booming drive to left off Colome, his 15th homer of the season. The 13 home runs this month are a Blue Jays record for May, breaking the mark set by Bautista in 2010. Toronto's team record for home runs in a single month is 14, set by Bautista in June 2012.

Notes

The Rays placed OF Brandon Guyer (left thumb) on the 15-day DL and recalled Colome from Triple-A Durham. Colome, who reinstated Sunday after being suspended 50 games in March for a drug violation, was sent back down following the game. The Rays will promote a position player Tuesday. ... Both teams wore special caps and jerseys to mark the Memorial Day holiday. The umpires also wore commemorative caps. ... Rays RH Alex Cobb (1-1) faces Blue Jays LH Mark Buehrle (8-1) on Tuesday.

 
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Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson hit back-to-back homers as the Blue Jays push their win streak to seven games.  (USATSI)
Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson hit back-to-back homers as the Blue Jays push their win streak to seven games. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

D. Jennings
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, DH4121100 .271
Evan Longoria, 3B4110102 .271
Matt Joyce, LF2110211 .273
   a-Logan Forsythe, PH1000010 .202
Desmond Jennings, CF4122101 .243
James Loney, 1B4112002 .294
Wil Myers, RF3010102 .230
Cole Figueroa, 2B4010003 .250
Yunel Escobar, SS4010001 .256
Ryan Hanigan, C2000000 .212
   b-Jose Molina, PH-C2000021 .104
Erik Bedard, P0000000 .000
   Alex Colome, P0000000 .000
Totals34510564  
a-struck out for Joyce in the 9th
b-struck out for Hanigan in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (8, Hutchison)
HR - David DeJesus (5, Hutchison), Desmond Jennings (5, Hutchison), James Loney (2, Hutchison)
SF - James Loney (3)
RBI - David DeJesus (15), Desmond Jennings 2 (13), James Loney 2 (28)
SB - Evan Longoria (2, 2nd base off Hutchison/Navarro)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Wil Myers 1
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Bedard (L,2-3) 41388022 4.10
Alex Colome 4322301 4.50
WP - Erik Bedard (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 78-54, Alex Colome 59-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 2-7, Alex Colome 4-8
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 24, Alex Colome 18
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4111102 .246
Melky Cabrera, LF3133100 .322
Jose Bautista, DH5011016 .289
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B5231001 .262
Brett Lawrie, 3B-2B5121011 .230
Dioner Navarro, C5222002 .271
Steve Tolleson, 2B2111002 .311
   a-Juan Francisco, PH-3B1100100 .277
Kevin Pillar, RF4120002 .333
Anthony Gose, CF3010001 .300
Drew Hutchison, P0000000 .667
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
   Todd Redmond, P0000000 .000
   Rob Rasmussen, P0000000 .000
Totals3710161032  
a-walked for Tolleson in the 5th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (13, Bedard), Edwin Encarnacion (14, Bedard), Brett Lawrie (8, Bedard), Kevin Pillar (3, Colome)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (15, Colome), Dioner Navarro (2, Bedard), Steve Tolleson (2, Bedard)
SF - Melky Cabrera (2)
SH - Anthony Gose (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (15), Melky Cabrera 3 (28), Jose Bautista (35), Edwin Encarnacion (41), Brett Lawrie (27), Dioner Navarro 2 (20), Steve Tolleson (5)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1, Anthony Gose 1
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Hutchison (W,4-3) 5755403 3.88
Aaron Loup 2200120 2.96
Todd Redmond 1100110 3.24
Rob Rasmussen 1000010 0.00
IBB - Myers by Drew Hutchison
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 85-50, Aaron Loup 30-20, Todd Redmond 16-8, Rob Rasmussen 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 6-8, Aaron Loup 2-1, Rob Rasmussen 2-0
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 25, Aaron Loup 8, Todd Redmond 5, Rob Rasmussen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15616
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Doug Eddings