Encarnacion hits 14th homer, Jays beat Braves 9-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm •  Published: May 27, 2013
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TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia both had a two-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.

Rasmus also doubled off his younger brother, Braves reliever Cory Rasmus, but Toronto lost third baseman Brett Lawrie to a sprained ankle.

Encarnacion went 2 for 5 with five RBIs as the Blue Jays improved to 3-0 in interleague play. Toronto has won nine of 12 against NL opponents dating to last season.

Mark Buehrle (2-3) allowed one run and five hits in six innings to snap a seven-start winless streak and earn his 26th career interleague victory. The veteran left-hander, whose previous win was April 15, is the all-time leader in interleague wins.

Buehrle walked two and struck out six. He retired 11 of his first 13 batters and didn't allow a hit until Evan Gattis' two-out double in the fourth.

Brad Lincoln worked two innings and Thad Webber finished for the Blue Jays.

Lawrie left in the sixth after spraining his left ankle sliding into second on a stolen base. He initially stayed in the game but was visibly hobbled advancing to third on Emilio Bonifacio's grounder. Mark DeRosa came on to pinch run, then replaced Lawrie at third base.

The Blue Jays said he is day to day.

Gattis hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot off Lincoln in the eighth, but the Braves lost their second straight following an eight-game winning streak. Tim Hudson (4-4) matched a season worst by allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings, extending his winless streak to four starts.

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