Encarnacion, Donaldson power Jays past O's
BALTIMORE -- Led by a two-homer night from Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson's two-run shot, the Blue Jays evened the series against the Orioles on Tuesday night with a 10-2 victory.
Encarnacion went deep in back-to-back at-bats, first off Orioles starter Chris Tillman for a sixth-inning solo shot and in the seventh with a two-run homer off reliever Tommy Hunter. The second blast was part of a four-run frame for Toronto, which got six quality innings from starter Mark Buehrle and capitalized on a trio of errors.
Tillman went 6 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk. Red-hot Jimmy Paredes, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games, drove in a pair of runs for the O's in the third inning.
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Encarnacion keeps rolling: Encarnacion had his second multi-homer game of the season and the 19th of his career. His first of the night carried over the wall in right field, and he followed an inning later with another opposite-field shot. Encarnacion has now reached base safely in 14 consecutive games and is batting .346 (18-for-52) with three homers, four doubles and 13 RBIs over that span. More >
"To be honest, I can't remember the last time I saw him do it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Encarnacion's two homers to right field. "That's a good sign, that means he's staying on the baseball. Earlier in the year he was coming off a little bit, but when he starts doing that, that's when he gets real dangerous."
Three's a crowd: The Orioles, who have relied on outstanding defense the past few seasons, committed three errors and had some costly mistakes highlighted in the four-run seventh. Things started with Manny Machado's throwing error that allowed Justin Smoak to beat out a potential double play and advance to second base. Tillman exited one out later, with a pair of runners on, and Hunter and catcher Caleb Joseph got crossed up, resulting in a passed ball and another run across. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each committed a throwing error in the eighth, which lead to another run, and reliever T.J. McFarland was charged with a wild pitch. More >
"That wasn't us," Machado said of the errors. "That wasn't us and it kept rolling. That was the inning that we lost the game, and they took advantage of it. It's part of the game. We collapsed and they took advantage."
Tillman's troubles: In line for a quality start when he took the mound for the seventh, Tillman -- who missed Machado's errant throw to first -- saw things unravel in the inning. The right-hander, who has just two quality starts in seven games, wasn't immune from sloppy play. Tillman hit his first two batters of the season in the loss.
"It's like when hitters are struggling with a good track record, somebody will pay for it down the road," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "What he'll probably lament is the 3-6-1 [missed double-play attempt]. There were a lot of things we didn't do well. That was one that kind of allowed things to open up on us a little bit."
"We are just making too many errors, plain and simple. Dumb mistakes that we shouldn't be doing, and they took advantage of it completely. So, got to tip your cap, that's what we do to other teams. Just got to play better defense."
"In the Major Leagues, in general, when you start giving extra outs to the other team, it's going to come back and bite you. When we're on the side of them helping us out a little bit, we'll take it every time. I'm not going to feel sorry for them, they're not going to feel sorry for me when I throw one into the stands, which I've done a couple of times." -- Donaldson
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The Blue Jays have at least one double in each of their last 31 games. That's one shy of the club record, which was set in 2007. Toronto was held six innings without a double until Bautista put one into the gap in left-center field.
The Orioles scratched Triple-A starter Mike Wright on Tuesday and not for an injury, fueling speculation that a roster move was on the way. Showalter said it's a medical issue and the team will run some tests on Wednesday before determining what to do with pitcher Jason Garcia, who is slated to see the team doctor.
"We're prepared to make that adjustment if we get a diagnosis that we need to be concerned about," Showalter said. "[It's] something we're looking into."
Blue Jays: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will take the mound when the series wraps up Wednesday night (7:05 ET). Sanchez has walked more batters (25) than any pitcher in the Majors but has found a way to be effective despite the erratic command. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start, and he tossed seven scoreless innings during his last outing against the Red Sox.
Orioles: Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound for the series finale. He last pitched on Friday, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks over four innings against the Yankees in his second loss of the season.
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