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Video-review call sinks slugging Blue Jays

MILWAUKEE -- Before Monday night's game in Milwaukee, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said the decisions regarding his starting pitchers for Tuesday and Wednesday depended on what Henderson Alvarez gave him against the Brewers.

As it turned out, Alvarez was able to go just four innings while allowing 11 hits and six runs, forcing Farrell to go to his bullpen early in a 7-6 loss and making the next two days even more intriguing.

Despite Alvarez's struggles, though, Toronto's offense kept Monday's game interesting.

On the second pitch of the night, Blue Jays third baseman and former Brewers prospect Brett Lawrie announced his presence at Miller Park -- for the first time as a Major Leaguer -- with a leadoff home run off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf.

It wouldn't take long for the Brewers to get that run back and then some, scoring two in the bottom half of the inning and four in the second to take a 6-1 lead.

But the Blue Jays' bats started chipping away, and the pitchers stopped the bleeding. Lawrie scored for the second time when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the top of the third. Alvarez followed that up with two scoreless innings before left-hander Aaron Laffey came on to start the fifth and throw 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Meanwhile, Encarnacion made it 6-3 in the top of the sixth with a 463-foot solo shot that bounced in out of the Milwaukee mascot's slide in deep left-center field.

The game changed dramatically twice in the seventh inning. After replacing Wolf with one out in the top half of the inning, Kameron Loe forced Lawrie into a fielder's choice before walking center fielder Colby Rasmus. With two on and two out, right fielder Jose Bautista then crushed a three-run homer -- his 20th of the season -- to tie the game.

But for the second time this game, the Brewers responded quickly. Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit what was originally called a foul ball down the left-field line. But after manager Ron Roenicke came out to talk to the umpires, the play was reviewed and eventually ruled a home run off of righty Robert Coello to put the Brewers back on top 7-6.

The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays and drops Toronto to 34-33 on the season.

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MIL Full Game Coverage WAUKEE -- Before Monday night's game in Milwaukee, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said the decisions regarding his starting pitchers for Tuesday and Wednesday depended on what Henderson Alvarez gave him against the Brewers.

As it turned out, Alvarez was able to go just four innings while allowing 11 hits and six runs, forcing Farrell to go to his bullpen early in a 7-6 loss and making the next two days even more intriguing.

Despite Alvarez's struggles, though, Toronto's offense kept Monday's game interesting.

On the second pitch of the night, Blue Jays third baseman and former Brewers prospect Brett Lawrie announced his presence at Miller Park -- for the first time as a Major Leaguer -- with a leadoff home run off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf.

It wouldn't take long for the Brewers to get that run back and then some, scoring two in the bottom half of the inning and four in the second to take a 6-1 lead.

But the Blue Jays' bats started chipping away, and the pitchers stopped the bleeding. Lawrie scored for the second time when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the top of the third. Alvarez followed that up with two scoreless innings before left-hander Aaron Laffey came on to start the fifth and throw 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Meanwhile, Encarnacion made it 6-3 in the top of the sixth with a 463-foot solo shot that bounced in out of the Milwaukee mascot's slide in deep left-center field.

The game changed dramatically twice in the seventh inning. After replacing Wolf with one out in the top half of the inning, Kameron Loe forced Lawrie into a fielder's choice before walking center fielder Colby Rasmus. With two on and two out, right fielder Jose Bautista then crushed a three-run homer -- his 20th of the season -- to tie the game.

But for the second time this game, the Brewers responded quickly. Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit what was originally called a foul ball down the left-field line. But after manager Ron Roenicke came out to talk to the umpires, the play was reviewed and eventually ruled a home run off of righty Robert Coello to put the Brewers back on top 7-6.

The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays and drops Toronto to 34-33 on the season.

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Toronto Blue Jays, Henderson Alvarez, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Laffey, Brett Lawrie