TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers Tuesday, lifting the Blue Jays to a 9-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox that snapped Toronto’s four-game losing streak.
The Red Sox had their five-game winning streak end before a crowd of 22,915 at the Rogers Centre.
In the seventh, Encarnacion’s second homer of the night and ninth of the season put the Blue Jays back in front after David Ortiz gave Boston a 7-6 lead with a three-run double in the top of the inning. Encarnacion’s blast to left came after Junichi Tazawa (2-1) walked Jose Bautista with two outs.
With his fifth-inning blast, Encarnacion became the 14th player to hit a homer into the 500 level at Rogers Centre. The feat has been done 17 times.
The Blue Jays added a run in the eighth against Joel Hanrahan on a single by J.P. Arencibia, a sacrifice by Maicer Izturis and a single Colby Rasmus.
Steve Delabar (2-1) picked up the win, and Casey Janssen earned his seventh save.
Ortiz, Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes each hit solo homers for the Red Sox.
Toronto shortstop Munenori Kawasaki, a defensive replacement, was charged with an error on a potential double-play grounder by Daniel Nava with one out in the seventh. Delabar replaced left-hander Aaron Loup and walked Dustin Pedroia to load the bases before Ortiz’s double.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow allowed six hits, including two homers, and three runs while striking out seven in five innings. He is still looking for his first win of the season.
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester allowed six hits and six runs in six innings.
The Blue Jays scored a run in the first on a double to center by Jose Bautista. It brought home Rajai Davis, who walked with one out and stole second.
Toronto added three runs in the third, two of them on a throwing error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Brett Lawrie led off the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to five games. Davis was hit by a pitch, and Bautista walked. Saltalamacchia’s throw to first to try to pick off Bautista went into right field, and two runs scored. Arencibia’s two-out double scored the other run.
Ortiz led off the fourth with his third homer of the season. Carp hit his first homer of the season with one out in the fourth to cut Boston’s deficit to 4-2. Morrow walked Saltalamacchia, but the inning ended with Lawrie started a spectacular double play on Will Middlebrooks’ hard smash to third.
Fifth-inning singles by Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia cut Toronto’s lead to 4-3.
Encarnacion’s eighth homer of the season, after a single by Davis in the fifth, increased the lead to 6-3.
NOTES: Lawrie batted leadoff for the second game in a row, and he could see long-term duty there while SS Jose Reyes (ankle) is on the disabled list. Reyes is not expected to return until July. … Hanrahan, who had been out with a hamstring injury, was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. RHP Daniel Bard was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Sunday’s game to clear a roster spot. … Boson LHP Craig Breslow (shoulder) is scheduled to make his next rehabilitation appearance with Pawtucket on Thursday. … LHP Mark Buehrle (1-1, 6.35 ERA) will start Wednesday for Toronto against Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (5-0, 1.19 ERA). … Toronto LHP J.A. Happ will start Thursday’s series finale. The Blue Jays hope that RHP Josh Johnson (triceps) can start Saturday against Seattle so that RHP R.A. Dickey (back) could be given an extra day before pitching Saturday.
Yankees 7, Astros 4: Hiroki Kuroda settled down after some early struggles with his command and pitched seven innings for his fourth straight win and the New York Yankees concluded April with a 7-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Kuroda (4-1) tied a season high by allowing four walks and seemed to be living dangerously in the opening three innings as he yielded eight base runners while throwing 67 pitches.
After getting the final two outs of the third on ground balls, Kuroda settled in even more. He gave up just a fifth-inning single to Jose Altuve, who was thrown out trying to steal and breezed through his final four innings throwing 41 pitches.
The strong finish gave Kuroda a 2.25 ERA, and during this winning streak, he has allowed nine earned runs and 23 hits spanning 34 2/3 innings.
It also was similar to last Thursday against Toronto when Kuroda gave up three runs and six hits in six innings but settled down after the opening two innings.
Unlike that outing, Kuroda had a lead as Travis Hafner had RBI singles in his first two at-bats and three overall.
David Robertson gave up a two-run home run to Chris Carter with two outs in the eighth but recovered and struck out Rick Ankiel. Shawn Kelley gave up a two-run double to Altuve in the ninth, forcing the Yankees to bring in Mariano Rivera.
Rivera came on and struck out Jason Castro for his 10th save in as many opportunities.
The Yankees stacked the top and middle of the lineup with left-handed hitters as Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano, Hafner and Brennan Boesch comprised the first five spots. That group went 8-for-21, got on base 13 times and scored the first four runs.
Another left-handed hitter was responsible for New York’s fifth run as Lyle Overbay hit a solo shot off Brad Peacock to start the eighth. Eduardo Nunez, who had three hits, scored New York’s sixth run on Chris Stewart’s base hit and Hafner followed with his third run-scoring single.
Houston fell to 8-19 as Philip Humber (0-6) was unable to duplicate Lucas Harrell’s solid 6 1/3 innings in the series opener. Humber remained winless by allowing four runs and nine hits along with four wild pitches over six innings.
After Kuroda stranded two in the top of the first, the Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning, aided by speed at the top of the order. Gardner walked, stole second and took third on Suzuki’s soft infield single to third before scoring on Hafner’s line-drive single to left field.
In the second, Suzuki reached on a wild pitch on a strikeout, stole second on the first pitch to Hafner and easily scored on a single to left field, making it 2-0.
The Yankees added two more in the fifth by loading the bases on singles by Suzuki and Cano and an intentional walk to Hafner. Boesch appeared to hit into an inning-ending double play but beat the throw as Suzuki scored. Following a wild pitch by Humber, Cano scored on Jayson Nix’s infield single.