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Angry Edwin inflicts pain on baseball -- twice

Upset over halting rally with popup, Tribe slugger swats pair of 2-run HRs
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BOSTON -- With two mighty swats, an angered Edwin Encarnacion did everything in his power to distance the Indians from the Red Sox and make their one-day trip to Fenway Park worthwhile in Monday night's 7-3 victory.

The source of his ire came in the second inning, when as the Indians were piling up runs, he squashed a bases-loaded rally with a popup behind second base, prompting him to break his bat behind closed doors.

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BOSTON -- With two mighty swats, an angered Edwin Encarnacion did everything in his power to distance the Indians from the Red Sox and make their one-day trip to Fenway Park worthwhile in Monday night's 7-3 victory.

The source of his ire came in the second inning, when as the Indians were piling up runs, he squashed a bases-loaded rally with a popup behind second base, prompting him to break his bat behind closed doors.

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"I was looking for a certain pitch; I messed up," Encarnacion said. "To be honest, I never had the reaction that I had, but that's what happened. I needed to get that out of me. My next at-bat, I came up ready to go."

Following a leadoff double by Jose Ramirez in the fifth, the Indians' designated hitter crushed a 1-1 offering from Doug Fister into the night with a vicious cut.

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The blast was launched with an exit velocity of 111.7 mph according to Statcast™, and traveled a projected 424 feet over everything in left field, landing on Lansdowne Street and giving Cleveland a 5-3 lead.

"It's big," starter Trevor Bauer said. "Staked with a three-run lead, then they hit three homers, tie game. We get the lead right back and I'm like, 'OK, here we go. That's all their going to get.' Pitching 5-3, is a lot different than 3-3. It allowed me to be aggressive and just the confidence that goes with having a lead, knowing how good out bullpen is."

Encarnacion's second opportunity came just one inning later, thanks to a little video assistance that kept the inning alive when Ramirez was deemed safe at first following a replay review.

Instead of the inning ending on that play, up stepped the Indians' slugger, and again on a 1-1 offering, this time from Heath Hembree, he unloaded with another savage swipe to make it 7-3.

Video: CLE@BOS: Ramirez reaches on error, call overturned

"It was a good one by [replay coordinator Mike Barnett]," manager Terry Francona said of the team calling for a replay. "Barney was right on that and it ended up really helping us. I think sometimes when you hustle down the line, you get rewarded for it."

Encarnacion's second two-run homer in as many innings got out in a hurry, landing in the Green Monster seats 396 feet away, according to Statcast™, which registered the exit velocity at 107.7 mph.

"Sometimes it's just getting a pitch that you can handle," Francona said. "He got a couple. I think he was upset with himself the at-bat before. He went after it pretty good. … We always say that when he's going, we have a different gear."

For Encarnacion, who has hit four home runs in as many games, it was his 28th career multihomer game and third of the season -- the last coming June 18 in Minnesota.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Indians on Monday.

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