TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion slammed a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning and carry the Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Friday night at Rogers Centre.Encarnacion's first hit of the night was a big one, as Toronto's designated hitter became
TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion slammed a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning and carry the Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Encarnacion's first hit of the night was a big one, as Toronto's designated hitter became the eighth Blue Jay to record 600 RBIs with the ballclub. The 33-year-old's solo shot was his fifth career walk-off home run and snapped an 0-for-19 skid.
"He has unmatched power," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the game. "He has as much power as anybody, and he's really turned himself into a good hitter. Before tonight, he was hitless in a number of at-bats, so that was more important to us and to him."
Down 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Russell Martin singled home the tying run, and the Blue Jays' bullpen pitched four innings of shutout ball to help Toronto earn its fourth walk-off victory of the season and third victory in extra innings.
Coming off a start in which he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning his last time out, Marco Estrada was sharp early but struggled in the middle innings. Jonathan Schoop recorded the Orioles' first hit with a solo home run in the fifth, before Chris Davis smacked a two-run shot in the sixth. Despite the no-decision, Estrada has gone nine straight starts without allowing more than five hits.
"I felt really good," said Estrada, who walked four batters and allowed four hits over his six innings. "I made two mistakes and it cost me. These walks are haunting me. I was around the zone today. I feel like some pitches could have gone either way, and it might have changed the game a little bit, but it's a tough lineup."
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman also did not factor into the decision, but he did record his sixth quality start of the season. Gausman went 6 1/3 innings and held the Blue Jays to three runs -- two earned -- despite allowing eight hits. The 25-year-old passed the 100-pitch threshold for the fifth consecutive outing, setting a new career high.
"Just kind of had my back up against the wall a bunch of times," said Gausman. "All you try to do is pitch out of those situations. I felt like my last four starts have been not very efficient, not very quick, getting deep into counts -- you do that enough against good teams, they're going to make it hurt."
• Early error haunts Gausman's quality start
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Schoop ruins no-hit bid: With Estrada carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Schoop took the right-hander's 0-2 pitch deep over the left field wall for his ninth home run of the season. Schoop's homer was the first surrendered by Estrada on an 0-2 pitch since May 23, 2014 against Miami (Giancarlo Stanton).
Smooth swingin' Saunders: Michael Saunders continues to provide some left-handed thunder in the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup, as he hit his 10th home run of the year to lead off the fourth inning and give Toronto a 2-0 lead. According to Statcast™, Saunders' home run left the bat at 99 mph and traveled a projected 371 feet over the right-field wall.
Swinging the hot stick: Chris Davis went yard for a second consecutive night. With one on in the sixth, Davis took Estrada's first pitch over the left field wall for his 14th homer of the season to give Baltimore a 3-2 lead. Davis has now hit 15 home runs in 149 at-bats at Rogers Centre. Since 2008, no one has hit more home runs against the Blue Jays than Davis (33).
"That's one thing you've really got to pay attention to is ballparks," said Orioles manager, Buck Showalter. "Guy can be struggling -- a pitcher, a hitter -- and they get into a ballpark that they've had success against, and it somehow changes.
"You better take advantage of [Davis] while you can, 'cause we know there's some good things ahead."
Starting early: For the second consecutive evening, the Blue Jays got on the board in the bottom of the first. Starting in place of Jose Bautista, Ezequiel Carrera bunted his way aboard to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a two-base error by Gausman. Carrera was immediately brought home when Josh Donaldson punched an RBI single to right.
"We didn't do a whole lot other than a couple home runs. We'll sleep fast and do it again tomorrow." -- Showalter
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With his RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning, Russell Martin raised his average above .200 (.202) for the first time all season.
Orioles: Right-hander Mike Wright (3-3, 5.14) takes the mound for the O's on Saturday at at 1:07 ET for the third of a four-game series with the Blue Jays. Wright is looking to build off his fourth quality start of the season, which saw him strike out four over seven innings of work while allowing five hits in Baltimore's 4-1 win against the Kansas City Royals on Mondy..
Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ (6-3, 3.57) gets the ball for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon. Happ had a rare off night his last time out against the Tigers, allowing six earned runs on six hits in an 11-0 loss. The 33-year-old has posted a quality start in 10 of his 12 outings this season.
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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Orioles on Friday.
Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.