Friday, December 15, 2017
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Jays erase eight-run deficit

CINCINNATI — Edwin Encarnacion hit two three-run homers Friday night, and the Blue Jays pulled off the second-biggest comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early eight-run deficit to a 14-9 victory over the Reds.

Toronto hit four homers during its comeback, including the two by Encarnacion, MLB's home run leader. He started the comeback by connecting in the third inning off Mat Latos and finished it with his 23rd homer off Sam LeCure during a five-run ninth inning.

Brett Lawrie and Juan Francisco also homered for Toronto, which piled up 16 hits and nine walks.

Toronto's only bigger comeback was on June 4, 1989, when it erased a 10-run deficit to beat Boston 13-11 in 12 innings.

With the score tied at 9, Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth and walked leadoff hitter Colby Rasmus. Erik Kratz doubled off the leftfield wall to break the tie, then came around on Melky Cabrera's single.

Chapman was replaced after getting only two outs, and Encarnacion completed the big comeback and his sixth multihomer game of the season.

Dustin McGowan pitched a perfect eighth. Casey Janssen retired the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

The Reds' meltdown wasted a chance to get back to .500 for the fourth time this season. Cincinnati has yet to have a winning record.

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