Encarnacion and Lawrie homer, Toronto tops Orioles
TORONTO – Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Brett Lawrie added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays used a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-2 on Sunday.
Yunel Escobar had three hits and drove in two runs and Kyle Drabek won his second straight start. The Blue Jays avoided what would have been their first three-game sweep by Baltimore since April 2005.
Encarnacion reached base four times, drove in two runs and scored twice. Lawrie had two hits and three RBIs.
Drabek (2-0) allowed one earned run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Luis Perez got two outs in the eighth and fellow lefty Evan Crawford made his major league debut in a scoreless ninth.
Baltimore took the lead in the second on Ronny Paulino's RBI groundout. Toronto tied it in the fourth when Lawrie hit his first homer of the season, a drive to left off Brian Matusz.
Matusz (0-2) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, extending his winless streak to 11 starts. Matusz, who walked four and struck out four, has not won since June 6, 2011, against Oakland.
The Orioles reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Adam Jones hit his third home run, a drive off the facing of the third deck in left.
Toronto broke open the game in the bottom half, sending 13 batters to the plate. Jose Bautista led off with a double and Encarnacion followed with his third home run.
With one out, Ben Francisco singled and Rajai Davis walked before Orioles manager Buck Showalter replaced Matusz with former Blue Jays closer Kevin Gregg, who was booed as he took the mound.
Jeff Mathis greeted Gregg with an RBI single, Escobar followed with a two-run double and Kelly Johnson also doubled. Gregg walked Bautista and Escobar to load the bases for Lawrie, who drove in the seventh run of the inning when he was hit on the left shoulder.
Gregg finally ended the inning when Francisco, the seventh batter he faced, flied out.
Toronto added one more against Troy Patton in the eighth when Encarnacion hit a two-out double and scored on Lawrie's single.
NOTES: Baltimore C Matt Wieters got his first day off this season. He was replaced by Paulino. ... The Orioles fell to 5-1 when scoring first. ... Baltimore DH Nick Johnson was hit on the left arm by a pitch in the eighth, but stayed in the game. .. Toronto has not been swept at home since June 10-12, 2011, when they dropped three straight to Boston.