May 20 2014 ISN – BOSTON — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice while Erik Kratz and Melky Cabrera each added one of their own as the Blue Jays’ offense went deep early and often in a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Toronto’s lineup is at its best when the club is hitting for power, and that was the case in the series opener vs. Boston. It’s no coincidence that the club’s turnaround in late April also coincided with the offense heating up and more balls leaving the yard.
The Blue Jays have hit at least one home run in 22 of their past 27 games dating back to April 22. They’ve out-homered the opposition 45-24 over that same span and finished Tuesday’s game with the Major League lead in home runs at 63. They have six players who have gone deep at least seven times, and Encarnacion joined Jose Bautista as the two players who have reached double digits.
The home run production for Toronto on Tuesday night began in the third inning when Encarnacion crushed a 2-2 changeup from left-hander Felix Doubront. The two-run shot went over the Green Monster and beyond Lansdowne Street before eventually landing in a parking lot across the street.
Kratz added a solo shot in the fourth before Encarnacion was back at it again in the fifth. After Cabrera hit an RBI double, Encarnacion sent a 1-0 fastball from Edward Mujica off a large banner advertisement located above the Green Monster. Three runs scored in the frame as Encarnacion enjoyed his third multihomer game of the season and 14th of his career.
The early production allowed the Blue Jays to jump out to an early commanding lead, but left-hander J.A. Happ almost gave it all back. Happ cruised through the first four innings, and at one point struck out five consecutive batters, but his outing began to go south in the fifth.
Happ allowed three doubles before loading the bases. With two runs already in, Brett Lawrie saved the inning as he made a diving stab at third base to record a nifty double play. One potential dangerous situation was dealt with, but Happ got himself into more trouble in the sixth when he allowed a leadoff single and then a two-run homer to left fielder Jonny Gomes.
That cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 7-4, but that was as close as the Red Sox would get. Dustin McGowan, Rob Rasmussen, Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup combined to toss three scoreless innings before Casey Janssen entered in the ninth for his fourth save of the year. Toronto has now won four of its past five and 11 of its past 16 games dating back to a series finale in Pittsburgh on May 4.