|Encarnacion has 2 HRs, Blue Jays top Indians 4-2|
|Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:00 PM|
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, Juan Francisco also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Thursday night to give manager John Gibbons his 400th career win.
Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the second off Danny Salazar and added a 2-run blast in the fifth off C.C. Lee. It was his second multi-homer game of the season and the 13th of his career.
Encarnacion finished 3-fo- 4, adding a double in the third.
Two batters after Encarnacion’s homer in the second, Francisco also went deep off Salazar (1-4), who lost for the fourth time in seven starts.
David Murphy homered for the Indians, whose streak of series victories was snapped at three.
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ allowed one run and six hits in a season-high six innings. Happ (2-1) walked two and struck out four.
Brett Cecil pitched the seventh, Steve Delabar got two outs in the eighth and Aaron Loup got the third. Casey Janssen finished for his second save in two chances.
One night after setting season-highs with 15 runs and 22 hits, Cleveland struggled to get anything going offensively. Yan Gomes grounded into a double play with men at first and second in the second and two Indians grounded into fielder’s choices with two on in the fourth.
Murphy got the Indians on the board with his 1-out homer in the fifth. Michael Bourn reached on a 2-out single and Nick Swisher walked but Ryan Raburn grounded out.
Raburn hit a leadoff double in the eighth and Santana walked before Asdrubal Cabrera and pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall flied out. Gomes chased Delabar with an RBI single before Loup came on and struck out Murphy.
Salazar allowed two runs and five hits in four innings, his second shortest outing of the season. He walked two and struck out three.
Salazar is 0-6 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 career road starts.
The Blue Jays used a single, a hit batter and a walk to load the bases against Salazar in the fourth but Melky Cabrera struck out to end the threat.
Jose Bautista singled off Lee to start the fifth and Encarnacion followed with a second-deck blast to left, pausing at home plate to admire his towering drive.
NOTES: The Indians put OF Nyjer Morgan (right knee) on the 15-day DL and recalled 1B Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus. … Raburn started in place of Michael Brantley, who left Wednesday’s game with a sore back. Brantley is day to day. … Cleveland returns home today to begin a 3-game series with AL West-leading Oakland. Indians RH Zach McAllister (3-3) faces Athletics RH Sonny Gray (4-1).
TWINS 4, RED SOX 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Aaron Hicks delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th and Phil Hughes struck out eight in six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the series finale Thursday.
All-Star closer Glen Perkins blew his second save of the season, giving up a 2-run single to Will Middlebrooks with the bases loaded that tied the game in the ninth inning. But Kurt Suzuki doubled down the left-field line and Hicks, who entered the day hitting .161, lined a 3-2 pitch to left field off of Andrew Miller (1-2) to win it.
Mike Carp had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox but David Ortiz was a quiet 1-for-4 with a single after going deep twice in each of the first two games of the series.
Hughes gave up five hits and no walks and Chris Parmelee hit a 2-run homer for the Twins, who took two out of three from the defending champions. Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar each had three hits and Brian Duensing (1-1) picked up the win.
Clay Buchholz gave up three runs on 10 hits and struck out six in six innings for the Red Sox (20-20).
ORIOLES 2, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nelson Cruz homered and Baltimore snapped a 4-game losing streak to remain first in the AL East.
Cruz homered in the fourth after Chris Davis drew a walk to lead off the inning. It was Cruz's 12th home run, which is second in the American League to the 15 of Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu. Cruz's 35 RBIs are tied for second in the AL.
Wei-Yin Chen (5-2) limited the Royals to one run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings with one walk and one strikeout. Chen, who is 5-1 in his past seven starts, was removed in the sixth after Salvador Perez walked and Alex Gordon singled with one out. Darren O'Day replaced Chen and struck out Danny Valencia and retried Johnny Giavotella on a fly to right.
Royals rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura (2-3) struck out nine and walked one in 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits.
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