June 27, 2016


Home runs doom Tribe in 4-2 loss to Blue Jays

TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs and Juan Francisco also connected as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the 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 two-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-for-4, adding a double in the third. His only out was a hard liner right at third baseman Carlos Santana to open the seventh.

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 one-out homer in the fifth. Michael Bourn reached on a two-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, who threw 98 pitches, 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.

Prior to the game, the Indians put outfielder Nyjer Morgan (right knee) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled first baseman 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.