Encarnacion hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Tigers 6-0

Encarnacion hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Tigers 6-0

Encarnacion hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Tigers 6-0

Encarnacion took Bobby Parnell's fastball over the centre-field wall in the seventh inning for his 23rd home run of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Detroit Tigers 6-0.

PIRATES 8, CUBS 4 (at Pittsburgh) - Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including an RBI single during a decisive four-run seventh inning as Pittsburgh rallied for a rare victory over Chicago's Jake Arrieta.

The Detroit Tigers had decent starts from Justin Verlander and Mike Pelfrey in the first two games against the Toronto Blue Jays and lost both of them. That forced a pitching change, left-hander Justin Wilson coming in for Greene to face Smoak.

Verlander allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

In Saturday MLB action from Rogers Centre, the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays will be continuing their weekend series. But Pelfrey fielded a grounder from Darwin Barney to get out of the jam.

Pelfrey (2-8) allowed one run and six hits in six innings.

Hutchison was not scheduled to pitch again until after the All-Star Break, so this represents a piece of tidy roster management by the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (9-1, 2.94) has allowed one run in eighth innings in each of his past two starts, posting victories over Colorado and Kansas City.

Happ, who had 11 strikeouts with no walks on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians, had eight strikeouts and no walks through five innings against the Tigers.

Ryan walked Ezequiel Carrera with out and was replaced by right-hander Bobby Parnell, who retired Josh Donaldson on popup to short before giving up Encarnacion's 23rd home run of the season, a blast to center on an 0-1 96 miles per hour fastball.

Detroit (45-42) mustered just one extra-base hit and whiffed on their biggest opportunity in the sixth with the bases loaded. He went 1 for 3 with three RBI, hitting into an inning-ending double play in the first. And the great thing about Hutch is that he goes down there (to Buffalo), does his work, doesn't say anything, comes up here and gets after it. His 22 home runs are fourth best in the Major League Baseball.

Yonder Alonso doubled and drove in two runs and Rich Hill tied a season high with 10 strikeouts in six solid innings for Oakland.

It was the second homer in two games for Castellanos, extending his career high to 17. The 33-year-old from IL won his fifth consecutive start Sunday, when he limited Cleveland to one run and five hits while recording a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings.

David Ortiz hit his 21st home run of the season, Bryce Brentz had two hits and broke a tie with an RBI single in the sixth and Boston held off Tampa Bay.

The 29-year-old Saunders is enjoying a career year, batting.298 with 16 home runs and 25 doubles through 79 games for the Blue Jays. But closer Hector Rondon blew his fourth save when he gave up the second homer to Markakis to lead off the ninth, Atlanta'sfirst hit since the second inning. The right-hander, who was making his second spot start of the season, struck out seven. Jason Kipnis homered twice while Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall also hit home runs.

Tyler Glasnow (0-1) was charged with four runs in 5 1/3 innings in his debut.

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