Encarnacion hits walk-off homer, Blue Jays win 7-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — In a short matter of time, Edwin Encarnacion came up with a fitting rhyme.

"He hanged it, I banged it," Encarnacion said after hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 Wednesday.

Encarnacion launched a slider from Brandon Kinztler into the second deck for his 26th home run.

Jose Bautista and Juan Francisco also connected for the Blue Jays, who have hit a big league-high 113 homers this season.

It was 4-all when Jose Reyes led off the ninth with a double against Will Smith (1-1). Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked and Kintzler came on to face Anthony Gose, who failed to advance the runners with a bunt as Reyes was forced at third.

Darin Mastroianni struck out, but Encarnacion ended it with his 26th home run.

Encarnacion called his homer "the best moment you can have for any player." The game-ending shot tied him for the major league lead with White Sox rookie Jose Bare and Baltimore's Nelson Cruz.

Kintzler fell behind Encarnacion 3-1 before the drive.

"I should have just bounced a sinker and walked him or thrown the slider away off the plate," Kintzler said. "It definitely didn't go where I planned it."

Casey Janssen (3-0) worked one inning for the win.

The Brewers lost their third straight and were swept in the two-game series between division leaders, the first time this season they've been swept in a series of any length. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have not been swept this season.

"We had good games with them, they're a good team," Kintzler said. "First place against first place."

With Bautista starting at designated hitter for the second straight game and Adam Lind at first base, Cabrera moved to right field and Encarnacion made his fourth career appearance in left. Bautista, who has been bothered by a strained left hamstring, hopes to return to the outfield Thursday.

Brewers outfielder Khris Davis was held out with a strained left shoulder. Davis, who left Tuesday's game in the seventh after he was injured sliding into second base, is expected to return Friday at Cincinnati. The Brewers are off Thursday.

Milwaukee opened the scoring with a two-out rally in the first on an RBI single by Carlos Gomez but Toronto answered in the bottom half when Bautista clubbed a two-out homer, his second in two days.

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