MLB: Blue Jays bludgeon Twins

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion homered, doubled twice and had four RBIs, Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Thursday.

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Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, right, forces out Toronto Josh Donaldson at second during the third inning Thursday at Rogers Centre in Toronto. USA TODAY SPORTS

TORONTO - Edwin Encarnacion homered, doubled twice and had four RBIs, Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Thursday.
Left fielder Ben Revere added three hits and three runs scored for the Blue Jays (58-52), who won their fifth straight game in completing a four-game sweep of the Twins.
Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Aaron Hicks added a solo shot for the Twins (54-54), who lost their fifth in a row.
Buehrle (12-5), the Blue Jays left-hander, allowed five hits, one walk and three runs while striking out one.
Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (8-9) allowed nine hits, three walks and eight runs and had four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Encarnacion hit his second double of the game in the sixth against right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer to score one run and increase Toronto’s lead to 9-2.
Hicks, the Twins center fielder, hit his sixth homer of the season in the seventh.
Right-hander Bo Schultz replaced Buehrle in the eighth. He gave up a two-out walk to Twins right fielder Torii Hunter, but the inning ended when center fielder Kevin Pillar made a sensational leaping catch near the warning track on a drive designated hitter Miguel Sano.
Schultz also pitched the ninth.
Encarnacion, the Blue Jays’ designated hitter, doubled in the first inning to give Toronto a 1-0 lead and extend his hitting streak to nine games. The hit scored third baseman Josh Donaldson, who walked, stole second and took third on a deep fly to center by right fielder Jose Bautista.
Toronto left fielder Ben Revere led off the third with a single to left and took third when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki singled to right. Donaldson hit an RBI single to right. Bautista bounced to third to start a double play as Tulowitzki took third. Encarnacion hit the first pitch to left for his 21st homer of the season, extending the margin to 4-0.
Plouffe, the Twins’ third baseman, hit his 15th homer of the season after designated hitter Miguel Sano doubled with one out in the fourth. The blast sliced Minnesota’s deficit to 4-2.
The Blue Jays increased their lead to 8-2 with a four-run fifth.
Revere led off with a bunt single and did not stop until he reached third on a throwing error by Plouffe. Donaldson walked with one out, and Bautista hit an RBI double.
Encarnacion was intentionally walked. Catcher Dioner Navarro singled to left to score two runs. First baseman Justin Smoak sliced an RBI double to left. After center fielder Kevin Pillar grounded out to shortstop, left-hander Ryan O’Rourke replaced Gibson to finish the inning by striking out second baseman Ryan Goins.
NOTES: RHP LaTroy Hawkins became the 13th pitcher in history with a save against every major league team when he pitched around two singles to earn his first save for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. At 42, Hawkins is the oldest pitcher with a save for Toronto. ... Twins OF Byron Buxton (sprained left thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Friday. He went on the disabled list June 25. ... Toronto won consecutive four-game series for the first time since 2010. ... The Twins will start RHP Mike Pelfrey (5-7, 3.65 ERA) Friday against Indians RHP Cody Anderson (2-3, 3.38) in the opener of a three-game series at Cleveland. ... The Blue Jays will start RHP R.A. Dickey (6-10, 4.06) Friday against Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-2, 4.30) in the opener of a three-game series at New York.

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