OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays still aren't scoring much on the road, and an overall three-week funk has dropped the former division leaders 1 1-2 games out of first place in the AL East.
Even normally reliable Mark Buehrle is struggling, not having won a start since June 1.
That isn't even the worst news for manager John Gibbons' ballclub.
Edwin Encarnacion had to leave the game after hearing "a pop" in his right leg while legging out an infield grounder in the first inning of the Blue Jays' 5-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
The Toronto slugger, who went into the night tied for second in the majors with 26 home runs, will undergo an MRI in the next day or two.
"I wouldn't guess it'd be a quick thing," Gibbons said. "He said he felt something pop in his quad. That's all I know right now. I'd be very surprised if he went on the DL but I don't know that for sure yet."
As tough as losing their top offensive threat was, the Blue Jays seemed even more irked about a play in the eighth inning that they felt should have been overturned by replay.
With Oakland leading 3-1, Melky Cabrera was thrown out trying to score from first base on a double to left by Jose Bautista. Oakland left fielder Craig Gentry retrieved the ball and shortstop Jed Lowrie made a strong relay throw home to catcher Derek Norris, who appeared to tag a sliding Cabrera on the back.
Home plate umpire Bill Miller called Cabrera out, and after a brief review, the call was upheld.
"He missed him by a good foot or two," Bautista said. "I don't really know which replay they were looking @ but clearly they must have had a different video feed than the one we had. This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it. They should just get rid of it."
Bautista vented his anger over the call for nearly five minutes, almost entirely unprompted.