Blue Jays 7, Brewers 4
The Sports Xchange
By Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange
Blue Jays 7, Brewers 4
TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Wednesday to sweep the two-game series.
Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes led off the ninth against left-hander Will Smith (1-1) with a double that skipped past diving left fielder Elian Herrera.
Left fielder Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked. Right-hander Brandon Kintzler took over. Designated hitter Anthony Gose's bunt forced Reyes at third base for the first out. Right fielder Darin Mastroianni struck out. Encarnacion, who started the game in left field before moving back to his regular first base position late in the game, took a 3-1 pitch to left for his 26th homer of the season.
Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched the top of the ninth to pick up the win.
Both managers, Milwaukee's Ron Roenicke and Toronto's John Gibbons, were ejected in separate incidents in the bottom of the eighth.
The Blue Jays also had homers from designated hitter Jose Bautista and third baseman Juan Francisco.
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ allowed six hits and four runs in seven innings. Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta allowed nine hits, three walks and four runs.
The Brewers scored a run in the first on a double by first baseman Jonathan Lucroy and a single by center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Bautista tied the game in the home first when turned on a 98-mile-per-hour fastball for his second first-inning homer in two games since returning to the starting lineup from a hamstring injury.
The Brewers scored three runs in the third, two scoring on a triple by right fielder Ryan Braun. Second baseman Jeff Bianchi led off with a single and took third on a ground-rule double by DH Rickie Weeks. Braun's triple to the wall bounced off the glove of center fielder Colby Rasmus. Braun scored on Lucroy's sacrifice fly.
The Blue Jays got one run back in the home third when Reyes singled and scored on a double by first baseman Adam Lind.
Francisco's 13th homer of the season with one out in the bottom of the fourth tied the game at 4. It scored catcher Dioner Navarro who led off with a double.
Left-hander Zach Duke replaced Peralta in the seventh after Cabrera led off with a double and Bautista walked. Pinch hitter Darin Mastroianni botched his sacrifice bunt attempt and it turned into a double play with catcher Martin Maldonado throwing to shortstop Jean Segura at third for the force and the throw to first in time to retire Mastroianni.
Roenicke was ejected by first base umpire Phil Cuzzi in the eighth inning after Blue Jays pinch hitter Steve Tolleson was hit by a pitch by Smith.
Tolleson was out trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt. He was originally called safe but the Brewers challenged and the review reversed the call. Gibbons was then ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson.
NOTES: Brewers LF Khris Davis (left shoulder sprain) did not start on Wednesday after leaving the game Tuesday in the seventh inning. He is expected to return on Friday. OF/INF Elian Herrera started in left field. ... Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion made his third career start in left field so that DH Adam Lind could play first base and RF Jose Bautista could DH for the second game in a row as he comes back from a hamstring strain. LF Melky Cabrera moved to right field. ... The Blue Jays have signed their two first-round draft picks, RHP Jeff Hoffman and C Max Pentecost. ... The Brewers have Thursday off before visiting Cincinnati where they will start RHP Kyle Lohse (9-2, 3.08 ERA) on Friday against RHP Alfredo Simon (10-3, 2.81 ERA). ... The Blue Jays open a four-game series in Oakland on Thursday with RHP R.A. Dickey (6-7, 4.24 ERA) facing RHP Sonny Gray (7-3, 3.20 ERA).
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