7:10 PM ET, May 21, 2014
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
This time, the Toronto first baseman was too hot to sit.
"I don't think you can get any hotter than this," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday night after Encarnacion led Toronto to a 6-4 victory over Boston by hitting two homers off Buchholz -- his second straight multihomer game. "He erased all that, though."
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Entering the game with just one hit in 21 at-bats against Buchholz (2-4), Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run shot in the third. Encarnacion, who homered twice in Toronto's 7-4 victory Tuesday, now has seven homers in his past six games.
He is the first Toronto player to have four multihomer games in a month and the first major leaguer to do so since Troy Tulowitzki in September 2010.
"It's crazy how this game is," Encarnacion said. "In April, I only had two homers; now I have (11) this month and two in one day. That shows you how crazy this is."
Xander Bogaerts had three hits, including two doubles, as Boston lost its sixth consecutive game. It's the team's longest losing streak since dropping the final eight games of the 2012 season, ending the Bobby Valentine era after one year.
Buchholz allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, striking out two while walking two and giving up nine hits -- including two homers to a batter he had dominated.
"He's a dangerous hitter with tremendous power," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "You make mistakes, he makes you pay. This is a quick-strike offense."
The Blue Jays made it 4-0 after three innings thanks to Encarnacion's two homers into the seats above the Green Monster. Shane Victorino homered for Boston -- his first since a grand slam in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers -- to make it 4-1.
The Red Sox scored three in the eighth to make it a two-run game thanks partly to back-to-back RBI doubles by Mike Carp and Bogaerts. Brock Holt singled to score Bogaerts before Brett Cecil struck out Grady Sizemore, and then Steve Delabar, on his first pitch, retired Dustin Pedroia on a groundout.
A.J. Pierzynski, who was hitless in 11 straight at-bats, raised his hands to the heavens after singling in sixth inning. He had just two hits in his previous 27 at-bats. Pierzynski wound up with three hits in the game, including one off the first baseman's mitt, in the ninth inning. ... Encarnacion has 15 multihomer games in his career, four this season. ... Buchholz had allowed three earned runs or fewer in three of his previous four starts. ... SS Stephen Drew, who re-signed with the Red Sox on Wednesday after spending the first six weeks of the season as an unsigned free agent, was available to play in an emergency. He was added to the roster in the place of LHP Felix Doubront, who injured his shoulder and went on the disabled list.
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Regular Season Series
|Toronto leads 4-3 (as of Wed 5/21)|
|Fri 4/25||BOS 8, @TOR 1||Recap|
|Sat 4/26||BOS 7, @TOR 6||Recap|
|Sun 4/27||@TOR 7, BOS 1||Recap|
|Tue 5/20||TOR 7, @BOS 4||Recap|
|» Wed 5/21||TOR 6, @BOS 4||Box Score|
|Thu 5/22||TOR 7, @BOS 2||Recap|
|Mon 7/21||BOS 14, @TOR 1||Recap|
|Jul 22, 2014||BOS (Peavy) @ TOR (Happ)||7:07 PM ET|
|Jul 23, 2014||BOS (Buchholz) @ TOR (Dickey)||7:07 PM ET|
|Jul 24, 2014||BOS (De La Rosa) @ TOR (Stroman)||12:37 PM ET|
|Jul 28, 2014||TOR (Dickey) @ BOS (Buchholz)||7:00 PM ET|
|Jul 29, 2014||TOR (Stroman) @ BOS (De La Rosa)||7:10 PM ET|
|Jul 30, 2014||TOR (Buehrle) @ BOS (Lester)||7:10 PM ET|
|Aug 25, 2014||BOS @ TOR||7:07 PM ET|
|Aug 26, 2014||BOS @ TOR||7:07 PM ET|
|Aug 27, 2014||BOS @ TOR||7:07 PM ET|
|Sep 5, 2014||TOR @ BOS||7:10 PM ET|
|Sep 6, 2014||TOR @ BOS||7:10 PM ET|
|Sep 7, 2014||TOR @ BOS||1:35 PM ET|
|Complete Schedule: Blue Jays | Red Sox|
|2nd||E Encarnacion homered to left (385 feet).||1||0|
|2nd||J Reyes singled to center, J Francisco scored, D Navarro to third, A Gose to second.||2||0|
|3rd||E Encarnacion homered to left (395 feet), A Lind scored.||4||0|
|4th||S Victorino homered to left (370 feet).||4||1|
|5th||D Navarro singled to left center, A Lind scored, B Lawrie to third.||5||1|
|7th||A Gose singled to center, S Tolleson scored, D Navarro to second.||6||1|
|8th||M Carp doubled to deep center, S Victorino scored.||6||2|
|8th||X Bogaerts doubled to deep left center, M Carp scored.||6||3|
|8th||B Holt singled to center, X Bogaerts scored.||6||4|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
|Attendance||36,116 (97.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||64 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|
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