TORONTO (AP) -- At the midpoint of May, Edwin Encarnacion is on track for a memorable month.
Encarnacion hit two home runs, Juan Francisco also connected and the
Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Thursday night to give
manager John Gibbons his 400th career win.
Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the second off Danny Salazar and
added a two-run blast in the fifth off C.C. Lee. It was his second
multihomer game of the season and the 13th of his career.
"He's one of the top sluggers in the game," Gibbons said.
Encarnacion finished 3 for 4, adding a double in the third. His only
out was a hard liner straight at third baseman Carlos Santana to open
Encarnacion had just two home runs through April 30, but has hit six
since. He's doubled his RBI total with 15 so far in May, and 10 of his
14 hits this month have been for extra bases.
"I feel great at the plate the last couple of weeks," Encarnacion
said. "I'm very happy and very proud because I know when I feel like
that I can help my team win a lot of games."
Two batters after Encarnacion's homer in the second, Francisco also
went deep off Salazar (1-4), who lost for the fourth time in seven
Gibbons wasn't too moved about his minor milestone.
"In managerial history, I don't know if that means a lot," he said of his 400 wins. "It's a nice round number."
David Murphy homered for the Indians, whose streak of series victories was snapped at three.
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ allowed one run and six hits in a
season-high six innings. Happ (2-1) walked two and struck out four.
"He stepped up," Gibbons said. "That was big for him, it really was."
Brett Cecil pitched the seventh, Steve Delabar got two outs in the
eighth and Aaron Loup got the third. Casey Janssen finished for his
second save in two chances.
One night after setting season-highs with 15 runs and 22 hits,
Cleveland struggled to get anything going offensively. Yan Gomes
grounded into a double play with men at first and second in the second,
and the Indians twice grounded into fielder's choices with two on in the
"We just never really could sustain an inning," manager Terry
Francona said. "We'd get a couple guys on here and there and we just
couldn't really get three or four hits in a row."
Murphy got the Indians on the board with his one-out homer in the
fifth. Michael Bourn reached on a two-out single and Nick Swisher
walked, but Ryan Raburn grounded out.
Raburn hit a leadoff double in the eighth and Santana walked, but
Asdrubal Cabrera line out to right and pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall
flied out on a ball that center fielder Anthony Gose tracked down in the
"That was probably our biggest chance," Francona said.
Gomes chased Delabar with an RBI single before Loup came on and struck out Murphy.
Salazar allowed two runs and five hits in four innings, his second
shortest outing of the season. He walked two and struck out three.
"He had to work for everything," Francona said.
Salazar is 0-6 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 career road starts.
"I just didn't have a good feeling for the ball today to command my fastball, and my changeup wasn't there," Salazar said.
The Blue Jays used a single, a hit batter and a walk to load the
bases against Salazar in the fourth, but Melky Cabrera struck out to end
Jose Bautista singled off Lee to start the fifth and Encarnacion
followed with a second-deck blast to left, pausing at home plate to
admire his towering drive.
NOTES: Toronto put OF Colby Rasmus (right hamstring) on the 15-day
DL. ... Gibbons said RH Dustin McGowan is returning to the bullpen.
McGowan went 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA in eight starts. Gibbons said Todd
Redmond and rookie Marcus Stroman are potential replacements. ... The
Indians put OF Nyjer Morgan (right knee) on the 15-day DL and recalled
1B Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus. ... Raburn started in place of
Michael Brantley, who left Wednesday's game with a sore back. Brantley
is day to day. ... Cleveland returns home Friday to begin a three-game
series with AL West-leading Oakland. Indians RH Zach McAllister (3-3)
faces Athletics RH Sonny Gray (4-1). ... The Blue Jays open a three-game
series at Texas on Friday, with RH Drew Hutchison (1-3) facing Rangers
RH Yu Darvish (3-1).