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Encarnacion homers twice in one inning as Blue Jays beat Astros

5:53 AM, Jul 27, 2013   |    comments
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion homered twice during an eight-run seventh inning that helped power the Toronto Blue Jays over the Houston Astros, 12-6, in the second game of a four-game set.

Encarnacion led off the seventh with a blast to left and punctuated the outburst with a grand slam.

R.A. Dickey lasted six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. The right-hander fanned eight in the no decision. Brett Cecil (4-1) picked up the win in relief for Toronto, which has won two games in a row.

Reliever Paul Clemens (4-4) absorbed the loss when he allowed six runs while not recording an out in the seventh inning. Starter Jordan Lyles lasted five- plus innings, giving up four runs on nine hits.

Marc Krauss drove a fly ball into the right-field seats to score J.D. Martinez to start the scoring for the Astros in the second.

The Blue Jays tied the game in the third when Jose Reyes hit a home run to right field and Jose Bautista hit a sac fly to left.

A Krauss double to right in the fourth scored Wallace and Martinez to put Houston back in front.

Brett Lawrie responded for Toronto with a solo shot to left field in the fourth to cut Houston's lead to 4-3.

Toronto tied the game on a Colby Rasmus double with two outs to the left field corner that scored Encarnacion.

A Wallace fly ball went off of Rasmus' glove for a double before Krauss hit into a double play that allowed Wallace to safely reach home to put Houston up 5-4.

Dustin McGowan, who came in relief of Dickey in the seventh, walked Jose Altuve. Altuve then stole second and was brought home on a Jason Castro single to give Houston a two-run cushion.

Back-to-back solo shots off of Clemens in the seventh inning from Encarnacion and Adam Lind tied the game before Maicer Izturis brought Rasmus home on a double. Clemens then walked Lawrie and hit Josh Thole with a pitch to load the bases. Wesley Wright replaced Clemens and walked his first batter, Reyes, to allow another run to score for the Blue Jays. Encarnacion then smashed a ball to left field for the grand slam.

Game Notes

Toronto had 15 hits ... Houston went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position ... Lyles has not won a game since June 18th ... Martinez left the game early with a wrist injury.

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