Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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Encarnacion erupts for 2 HRs as Jays outslug Orioles

TORONTO — The way he's hitting right now, there's no pitch that won't tempt Edwin Encarnacion to swing.

Encarnacion hit two more homers and drove in five runs as the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 11-6 Saturday, the Orioles' second straight loss after a five-game winning streak.

Encarnacion snapped an 0-for-19 slump by ending Friday's game with a leadoff homer in the 10th. On Saturday, he walked in the first, hit an RBI double in the third, walked in the fifth, hit a three-run blast in Toronto's five-run sixth, then went back-to-back with Michael Saunders in the eighth.

"When you feel good, they can throw the ball on the ground and you can still hit it," Encarnacion said through a translator.

Encarnacion has five homers and 13 RBIs in his past 10 games. Of his past 34 hits, 21 have gone for extra bases.

"When he's patient and waits for a pitch he can hit, he's very dangerous," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

It was the 23rd multihomer game of Encarnacion's career. Toronto hit consecutive homers for the third time this season.

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