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Blue Jays rock Red Sox for fifth straight loss
Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run home run during the third inning Tuesday in the Blue Jays’ 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Encarnacion homered twice. (USA TODAY Sports)
Left fielder Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer and catcher Erik Kratz also went deep for the Blue Jays, who won for the sixth time in eight games. Toronto entered the night three homers shy of the Colorado Rockies (62) for the major league lead.
Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the third and added another two-run shot in the sixth, his 11th of the season, putting Toronto on top 6-0.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (3-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. The lefty struck out six and walked two, leaving the game after allowing left fielder Jonny Gomes’ fourth homer of the year, a two-run blast that made it 7-4 in the sixth.
He didn’t surrender a hit until Cabrera doubled with one out in the third, but that only opened the flood gates. Two batters later, Encarnacion crushed a changeup over the Green Monster, Kratz made it 3-0 in the fourth with a solo shot and Doubront was knocked from the game after allowing consecutive doubles to shortstop Jose Reyes and Cabrera leading off the fifth.
Reliever Edward Mujica promptly served up Encarnacion’s second blast of the night.
Boston cut it to 6-2 in the fifth on RBI doubles by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, but Cabrera hit his seventh homer of the year of Mujica in the sixth.