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Blue Jays win 11th straight, beat Orioles 13-5
TORONTO 13, BALTIMORE 5
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO (AP) -- These are the Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion
expected after a busy offseason.
Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs, Josh Johnson earned
his first win of the season and the Blue Jays matched a team
record by winning their 11th straight game Sunday, finishing a
three-game sweep of Baltimore with a 13-5 win.
The Blue Jays have gone 28-15 since May 2, when they were a
season-worst 10-21. They've won 15 of their past 18, outscoring
their opponents 102-52 in that span.
"I've been waiting for this since the season started,"
Encarnacion said. "I believe in this team so I knew things had
to change, things had to become good for us. That's the way
right now and we enjoy it, enjoy the moment. I'm not surprised
by this. I know this team is good and I know we can do it."
Toronto has swept three consecutive series for the first time
since 1998, the last time they won 11 straight. The Blue Jays
also won 11 consecutive games in 1987.
"Everybody is doing their job, everybody is pitching in,"
Johnson said. "It's been impressive."
Playing before a sellout crowd of 45,214, Toronto became the
first team since Detroit in 2011 to win 11 straight.
"We're feeling pretty good about ourselves," Blue Jays manager
John Gibbons said. "We shut down a really good team over there."
The Blue Jays, who begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on
Monday, have not lost since a 10-6 defeat at the Chicago White
Sox on June 10.
"A lot of guys have been in a good rhythm at the same time,
which is kind of what we didn't have to start the season,"
catcher J.P. Arencibia said.
Ryan Flaherty hit two homers but Baltimore lost for the fifth
time in eight games and allowed a season high in runs.
"We ran into a good team and came up short," Flaherty said.
Johnson (1-2) was winless in his first seven starts with
Toronto, receiving just 13 total runs of support and losing
twice. That changed Sunday, as the Blue Jays helped the
right-hander with an early offensive barrage, scoring nine times
in the first three innings.
Johnson allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings,
walked one and struck out five. He's 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four
starts since missing 31 games with a right triceps injury, and
has struck out 25 batters in his past 25 1-3 innings.
"It's not an easy lineup to face regardless of the score,"
Gibbons said. "That's another good outing for him. That's one
win. Getting on the board so you've got something to show for it
always makes you feel good."
Aaron Loup, Juan Perez and Dustin McGowan each worked one
Flaherty hit a two-run shot off Johnson in the seventh and a
solo homer off McGowan in the ninth for his first career
multihomer game. He has five home runs this season.
With first base open, the Blue Jays intentionally walked Orioles
slugger Chris Davis to load the bases for Matt Wieters in the
first, but Johnson got Wieters to foul out.
"Every time you turn on the highlights he's doing some damage
somewhere," Gibbons said of Davis. "We've seen plenty of that.
That's key, getting out of that first inning without any runs."
Arencibia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom
half to drive in the game's first run.
The Blue Jays used small ball and the long ball to score three
more in the second. Emilio Bonifacio led off with a bunt single
over the head of Baltimore starter Freddy Garcia, stole second
and went to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Melky
Cabrera's sacrifice fly. Jose Bautista walked and Encarnacion
followed with a first-pitch homer to left.
Toronto blew it open with a five-run, bat-around third. Maicer
Izturis and Bonifacio chased Garcia with back-to-back RBI
doubles, bringing left-hander T.J. McFarland out of the bullpen.
One out later, Cabrera singled home a run, Bautista walked and
Encarnacion hit a two-run double.
Baltimore broke through against Johnson in the fifth, when Manny
Machado led off with his ML-leading 34th double and scored on a
double by Nick Markakis. Markakis went to third on Adam Jones'
grounder and scored when Davis reached on Bonifacio's fielding
error. Davis was credited with an RBI.
Flaherty's two-run homer made it 9-4 but Toronto answered with
four in the bottom half. Colby Rasmus led off with a homer
against McFarland, his 14th, and Bautista hit a bases-loaded
double off Pedro Strop.
Garcia (3-5) had won his previous two outings in Toronto but
lost for the third time in four starts. He allowed a
season-worst seven runs and seven hits in 2 1-3 innings, his
shortest start of the year.
"I made some good pitches and they just hit them," Garcia said.
"Right now everything is going good for them. It's part of the
game. You can't do anything about it."
Machado thought he'd fouled Johnson's strike three pitch into
the dirt when he struck out in the first. After plate ump Doug
Eddings checked the ball and upheld the call, Orioles manager
Buck Showalter came out to see the ball for himself.
NOTES: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos told MLB Network Radio that
SS Jose Reyes (left ankle) will play one more rehab game at
Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, then will likely join Double-A New
Hampshire when Buffalo goes on the road. Anthopoulos said Reyes
might not rejoin the Blue Jays until Thursday in Boston. ...
Arencibia had three hits and scored twice. ... Blue Jays cleanup
hitter Adam Lind has base hits in each of his past seven first
inning at-bats, including two home runs. ... Toronto RHP Kyle
Drabek (elbow surgery) allowed two runs and five hits in 2 1-3
innings in his first rehab start at Class-A Dunedin on Saturday.
Drabek struck out two, walked none and allowed a home run.
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