Blue Jays' streak at 7 with walk-off over Miami
TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion launched a two-run shot into the night as the Blue Jays extended their win streak to seven games with walk-off, 4-3 win over over the Marlins on at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.
Encarnacion came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with Josh Donaldson on first base and one away, and he promptly took a first-pitch fastball from A.J. Ramos over the wall in center field to complete the comeback in thrilling fashion.
"It was still a little too far up for these guys. In this park guys, can really hit," said Ramos, who gave up his first homer since May 28 of 2014. "I should've been a little bit lower. He did what he does, and he hit it out of the ballpark."
Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich hit solo homers in a losing cause for the Marlins. Stanton put up a pair -- his third multi-homer game of the season and the 16th of his career -- to power the Marlins to a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth. The heavy-hitting right fielder went deep off Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first to spot Miami an early lead before breaking a 2-2 tie in the seventh with a long shot off Roberto Osuna, snapping the reliever's homerless streak of 27 innings.
Dan Haren turned in the quality start for the Marlins, but he didn't factor into the decision. He lasted seven innings while giving up two earned runs on three hits without walking a batter.
His only trouble came in the Blue Jays fourth, when he allowed back-to-back hits followed by back-to-back sac flies as the Blue Jays knotted the game at 2.
Buehrle did not factor into the decision for the first time this season. He threw his team-leading eighth quality start, going six innings while surrendering a pair of runs -- both on solo homers -- on eight hits.
"It's impressive to watch [our offense]," Buehrle said. "At any moment they could break out, so you just hope to throw up as many zeros as you can, and hopefully they can score a few runs."
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"You can see how fun it was, and how fun it was for the team," Encarnacion said. "Especially to keep the winning streak. I feel very happy." More >
Marlins muscle up: Stanton got the Marlins' offense going once again Tuesday night, knocking a solo shot in the first off of Buehrle. Yelich gave Miami a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his third home run of the season. After the Blue Jays tied it 2-2, Stanton took Osuna yard in the seventh for his 21st homer of the season. The 25-year-old now has eight home runs in his past 10 games.
"I think his swing right now and where he is with his balance and letting the ball travel, he looks good, and he's so strong," said Marlins manager Dan Jennings. "The ability to let the ball travel is huge for him. Right now he's locked in, and that can be a good thing because he can do a lot of damage when he gets like that."
Reyes rallies Blue Jays in the 4th: Jose Reyes kick-started a two-run fourth for the Blue Jays with a double to right field before advancing to third on a Donaldson single. He and Donaldson would score on back-to-back sac flies from Jose Bautista and Encarnacion as the Blue Jays drew even at 2-2.
Giving the 'pen a rest: Haren gave the Marlins' bullpen some much-needed rest on Tuesday night. The 34-year-old went seven innings a night after right-hander Brad Hand went just two-thirds of an inning, causing Jennings to use three relievers in an 11-3 loss.
"It's the same as usual," said Haren of his confidence. "I just take every game as its own entity. Whether my last start was good or bad, I try to not think about it. With a lineup like this, we're studying hitters and just trying to make myself the most prepared out there. I executed pitches pretty good out there today."
"These guys that get to this level, they're all talented. And it comes down to confidence. If you're feeling good, as an individual, as a team, a lot of times you get better results" -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, on his team's winning streak
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Stanton became the eighth player in MLB history with six 20-home-run seasons through age 25.
Chris Colabello saw his 18-game hit streak come to an end after an 0-for-3 showing at the plate. His streak was the second longest in the Major Leagues this season and the longest by a Blue Jays since Scott Rolen (25) in 2009.
Marlins: Miami right-hander Tom Koehler will make his first career start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 12:37 p.m. ET. The 28-year-old is 4-3 in 12 appearances this this season to go along with a 3.72 ERA.
Blue Jays: Toronto announced mid-game that Aaron Sanchez won't start the series finale on Wednesday, opting to skip the rookie right-hander this time through the rotation. Scott Copeland was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take the mound as the club wraps a six-game homestand. Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to the Bisons in a corresponding move.
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