Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion flips his bat following a two-run home run in the seventh inning of MLB baseball action against the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion flips his bat following a two-run home run in the seventh inning of MLB baseball action against the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto on Thursday

Blue Jays tee off on Phillies to finish sweep

An abundance of home runs has powered the Toronto Blue Jays to their best streak of the season. Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Toronto’s season-high five homers and the Blue Jays won their eighth consecutive game over Philadelphia, beating the Phillies 12-6 on Thursday night.

TORONTO — An abundance of home runs has powered the Toronto Blue Jays to their best streak of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Toronto’s season-high five homers 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 as Toronto extended its winning streak to a season-best five games.

“We are some kind of hot right now,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “You put us in this ballpark, it’s a home run heaven here. It’s tough to pitch to. Everyone is feeding off each other.”

Encarnacion hit a leadoff shot in the second inning against A.J. Burnett, his 200th career homer, and added a two-run drive off Luis Garcia in the seventh for his 12th career multihomer game.

“If we continue swinging the bat the way we are now, we’re going to have a great year,” Encarnacion said.

Francisco followed Encarnacion’s second home run with a shot to centre 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.

R.A. Dickey, who pitched 6 1-3 innings to earn the win, said Toronto’s daily power display has made it fun for him to come to the ballpark.

“As a starter, you want to get in there as many times as you can,” Dickey said. “It’s just incredible the at-bats they are putting up and the consistency with power and getting on base.”

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.

“It’s encouraging to punch people out and keep guys off balance and feel crisp,” Dickey said.

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 allowed season worsts of nine hits, including three homers, and seven runs in six innings as the Phillies lost their fourth straight, matching their longest slump of the season.

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), who lost for the first time since April 6 at Chicago, walked two and struck out four.

“Balls ran over the plate tonight,” Burnett said. “I wasn’t on the corners at all.”

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he was frustrated as the Phillies lost two home games to Toronto before crossing the border into Canada and dropping two more by a combined score of 22-6.

“We weren’t fundamentally sound for the four games,” Sandberg said. “A lot of little things, little baserunning things, a base here and there, some defence, some pitches in the middle of the plate, pitching behind in the count. A lot of fundamental things we didn’t execute.”

Sandberg said he would speak to the team Friday before the opener of a three-game road series against the New York Mets.

Just Posted

Downtown Red Deer was packed with people who lined the streets to watch the Westerner Days parade on Wednesday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Westerner Days parade cancelled, full details on modified event coming June 28

The 2021 edition of Westerner Days will look much different than any… Continue reading

City council wants to hear from the public at a May 25 hearing about whether the temporary homeless shelter should be allowed to remain in the downtown for another year. (Advocate file photo).
City of Red Deer staff to recommend another extension to allow operations at current temporary shelter site

Following some more research city administration has received no other new locations… Continue reading

A scene from the short Western ‘Cheaters, Robbers and Outlaws,’ written and directed by Jason Steele, with support from Telus Storyhive. (Contributed image)
Red Deerians make ‘Cheaters, Robbers and Outlaws’ short Western film

Writer and director Jason Steele received a $20,000 Storyhive grant from Telus

Residents in several neighbourhoods reported little to no water pressure Tuesday night. (File photo by Advocate staff)
City hall to reopen for payments and customer service

Red Deer City Hall will reopen on June 21 for utility and… Continue reading

Char Rausch was selected as this year’s recipient of the Bob Stollings Award, which goes to an employee who has displayed outstanding civic performance in alignment with The City’s Cornerstone Values – Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. (Photo courtesy City of Red Deer)
Char Rausch wins City of Red Deer Bob Stollings Award

The City of Red Deer is honouring employees differently this year. With… Continue reading

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stops Vegas Golden Knights' William Karlsson as he is covered by Canadiens' Joel Edmundson during first period of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup semifinal Friday, June 18, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Andreson’s timely scoring, Price’s goaltending give Habs 2-1 series lead over Vegas

Canadiens 3 Golden Knights 2 (OT) (Montreal leads series 2-1) MONTREAL —… Continue reading

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) as he looks for an opening during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series Friday, June 18, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Curry, Harris help 76ers stay alive, hold off Hawks 104-99

76ers 104 Hawks 99 (Series tied 3-3) ATLANTA — Seth Curry hit… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of a two-dose fall is… Continue reading

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, speaks during a press conference in Ottawa, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Mendicino has announced a new policy to help settle 500 refugees and their families in a news conference today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year: Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced plans to expedite applications and increase the… Continue reading

Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Friday, June 18, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Bland leads at Torrey and shows the US Open is truly open

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Open prides itself on being the most… Continue reading

The Prime Minister's car waits outside the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg Tuesday, May 19, 2009. The head of the Public Health Agency of Canada is showing no sign he'll release unredacted documents about the firing of two scientists at Canada's highest security laboratory — despite the prospect of being publicly shamed in the House of Commons for his refusal to turn them over. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
PHAC head maintains he’s bound by law not to release docs on fired scientists

OTTAWA — The head of the Public Health Agency of Canada is… Continue reading

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant in Canada

OTTAWA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly… Continue reading

Various vaping nicotine e-liquids or "juice" are shown in a lab at Portland State University in in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products… Continue reading

Most Read