Cleveland Indians’ Edwin Encarnacion hits an RBI-single off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, in Cleveland. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Encarnacion homers, drives in 4 as Indians pound Jays 13-3

CLEVELAND — The Toronto Blue Jays know better than any team in baseball what happens when Edwin Encarnacion gets hot.

Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs against his former team as the Cleveland Indians routed Toronto 13-3 on Friday night.

“Yeah, many a time, thanks for reminding me,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons joked when asked about seeing similar performances when the slugger played six seasons with Toronto.

Encarnacion, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract with Cleveland in January, hit a leadoff home run in the second, broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a two-run double and added an RBI single when Cleveland scored eight times in the seventh.

“I always try to give my best no matter who we’re playing,” he said. “Thankfully, I was able to have a good game against my ex-team.”

Encarnacion was 3 for 4 with a walk and nearly added to his total later in the seventh, but centre fielder Kevin Pillar tracked down his fly ball on the warning track with two runners on.

Encarnacion’s big night couldn’t have come at a better time. The Indians won for just the second time in eight games and the offence scored 16 runs during a 1-5 road trip.

“He picked us up,” manager Terry Francona said. “Once he did, sometimes the hitting can get contagious. Tonight was one of those nights. It was good.”

Abraham Almonte hit a three-run homer and rookie Bradley Zimmer added a two-run single in the seventh.

Trevor Bauer (8-8) allowed three runs in five innings. The right-hander lasted only 2/3 of an inning — matching the shortest start of his career — against Oakland on Sunday.

Marco Estrada (4-7) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings and hasn’t won since May 27.

Jose Morales, Ryan Goins and Justin Smoak drove in runs for Toronto, which took a 3-1 lead into the fifth before Cleveland scored four times.

Almonte led off with a triple and Roberto Perez walked. Erik Gonzalez’s single cut the lead to 3-2 and Francisco Lindor drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Michael Brantley’s RBI fielder’s choice tied the game.

Brantley stole second and Encarnacion lined a 3-2 pitch to the gap in left-centre giving Cleveland the lead.

“We’re playing from a deficit and so many times that’s been really difficult for us,” Francona said. “Not only did we come back, but then we spread it out. That’s a good way to play.”

Encarnacion has hit 20 home runs in six consecutive seasons and has homered against all 30 major league teams.

Estrada knew his fifth-inning problems played a major role in the loss.

“I just got tired,” he said. “I couldn’t get the ball down, I couldn’t locate it any more, and it all fell apart.”

Francona returned to the dugout at Progressive Field for the first time since June 29. He missed the home stand before the All-Star break after undergoing a heart procedure.


Gibbons said right-hander Joe Smith (shoulder inflammation) will be activated Saturday. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 16. The problem flared up two days earlier against Tampa Bay when he gave up three runs and three hits in one inning.


Right-hander Corey Kluber is expected to start Sunday’s series finale for the Indians. His regular turn to pitch was Friday, but he was pushed back a couple of days because of a stiff neck.


Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez will see a hand specialist for his recurring blister problem. He was removed from his last start after four innings because of a small blister on the middle finger of his right hand.

Indians: LHP Boone Logan (torn back muscle) will miss significant time after being injured Thursday. He was placed on the 10-day DL Friday.


Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-5) seeks his 10th win of the season Saturday. He pitched six shutout innings and defeated the Indians on May 8.

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (3-5) will pitch for the first time since June 3. He lost to the Blue Jays on May 10, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Just Posted

Man killed in collision near Markerville

A 55-year-old man is dead after a collision near Markerville Friday night.… Continue reading

La Loche school shooter carried out plan with ‘stark efficiency:’ Crown

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. — A Saskatchewan judge is weighing whether a teenager… Continue reading

Castor triple-murder trial resumes on Monday

Trial was delayed two weeks for two men accused of killing Castor-area family

Red Deer Royals are sending 1,000 letters to Trudeau

The band must pay for the last 20 per cent of fieldhouse costs

Central Alberta real estate market reflects Alberta’s slow recovery

Real estate markets will bounce back but incoming mortgage changes don’t help, say realtor groups

UPDATED: Look no further than Westerner Park for renovation ideas

Red Deer Home Renovation & Design Show runs Friday to Sunday

Friday Oct. 21: Winning Lotto Numbers

Friday, October 20, 2017 LOTTO MAX Winning Numbers 1 4 12 27… Continue reading

New northbound Hwy 2 lanes at Gaetz Avenue to open this Sunday

Drivers heading north through Red Deer on Hwy 2 will have a… Continue reading

Sockey Night at Saturday’s Rebels game

United Way Central Alberta is determined to provide warm feet for all… Continue reading

Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life

‘The shifting line of what is crazy’ says Toronto-born astrophysicist

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Owner of medical marijuana dispensaries challenges constitutionality of law

The law under which the owner of two medical marijuana dispensaries was… Continue reading

Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month