TORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Toronto’s five home runs and the Blue Jays won their eighth consecutive game over Philadelphia, beating the Phillies 12-6 on Thursday night.
Juan Francisco, Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus also went deep to help Toronto extend its winning streak to a season-best five games. Encarnacion hit a leadoff shot in the second inning against A.J. Burnett and added a two-run drive off Luis Garcia in the seventh for his 12th career multihomer game.
Francisco followed Encarnacion’s second home run with a shot to center field, his second in two days, as the Blue Jays went back-to-back for the first time this season.
Lind hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list and Rasmus added a solo drive as the Blue Jays went deep for the eighth straight game. Toronto’s 49 home runs lead the American League. Colorado entered play Thursday with a major league-high 50.
Jose Reyes scored twice and stole two bases for the Blue Jays.
R.A. Dickey (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings to win for the second time in three starts. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out a season-high eight.
Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Marcus Stroman worked 1 1-3 innings and Esmil Rogers gave up three runs in the ninth, including Ryan Howard’s two-run homer.
Burnett came in 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA over his previous four starts, but wasn’t at his best against his former team. Burnett (2-2) allowed season worsts of nine hits, including three homers, and seven runs in six innings. The right-hander, who lost for the first time since April 6 at Chicago, walked two and struck out four.
The Phillies played their 20,000th game, becoming the fourth major league team to reach the mark. The Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants franchises have all played more than 20,000 games.
Philadelphia’s record is 9,406 wins, 10,480 losses and 114 ties or no decisions.
Domonic Brown’s RBI double gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second, but the Blue Jays answered with three in the bottom half. Encarnacion led off with his second homer in two days, Lind hit an RBI grounder and Rasmus followed with a towering drive.
After Toronto made it 4-1 on Jose Bautista’s sacrifice fly in the third, the Phillies answered with one run in the fifth, but could have had more. Tony Gwynn Jr. drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single.
Rollins was erased on Howard’s fielder’s choice, and Howard could only get as far as third base when Marlon Byrd doubled off the wall. Dickey struck out Brown to strand runners at the corners.
Bautista drove in Reyes with RBI grounder in the fifth, and Lind made it 7-2 with an opposite-field drive off Burnett in the sixth.
Chase Utley hit an RBI triple off Loup in the seventh, but the Blue Jays put it away with three in the bottom half.
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