Encarnacion drives in 6 runs as Blue Jays crush Rangers 12-2
Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion tosses his bat after hitting a three run home run against the Texas Rangers in the third inning of thier American League MLB baseball game in Toronto on Thursday, May 5, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:57PM EDT
TORONTO - Edwin Encarnacion hit a bases-clearing double in Toronto's five-run first inning and later added a three-run homer as the Blue Jays crushed the Texas Rangers 12-2 on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
The Toronto slugger belted a no-doubt blast off Rangers starter Derek Holland in the third inning for his fifth homer of the season. It was Encarnacion's 202nd home run as a Blue Jay, moving him into a tie with George Bell for fifth place on the franchise's all-time list.
Encarnacion added a double in the sixth inning, one of Toronto's 15 hits in the game. Kevin Pillar also had a three-hit night to help the Blue Jays return to the .500 mark with their third straight victory.
Josh Donaldson scored three runs and Jose Bautista scored twice as Toronto (15-15) reached a double-digit run total for the first time this season.
The Rangers opened the scoring in the first inning against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. Adrian Beltre, who reached base after barely beating the throw to first to avoid a double play, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Prince Fielder single.
Toronto sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the frame as Holland (3-2) loaded the bases before recording an out. Encarnacion followed by driving a pitch into the right-centre field gap to give the Blue Jays the lead.