Encarnacion keeps Blue Jays win streak alive with walk-off home run in ninth

TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to rally the Toronto Blue Jays to their seventh straight win with a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. 

Josh Donaldson led off the inning with a single to right field. After a strikeout to Jose Bautista, Encarnacion hit a shot over the centre-field fence off Miami’s A.J. Ramos.

Bautista and Encarnacion also hit sacrifice flies for the Blue Jays (30-30). Jose Reyes was 2 for 4. Reliever Liam Hendriks (2-0) earned the win.

Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs and Christian Yelich also homered for the Marlins (24-35), while J.T. Realmuto had three hits.

Dan Haren went seven strong innings, giving up two runs on just three hits while striking out seven batters. Ramos was charged with the loss

Toronto starter Mark Buehrle pitched six innings, giving up two runs and six hits with one intentional walk (to Stanton in the fifth inning). He also struck out three batters. Roberto Osuna gave up Stanton’s second homer of the game with two out in the seventh inning.

The Marlins outhit Toronto 10-5.

Stanton launched his 20th home run of the season over the left-field fence to give the Marlins an early 1-0 lead in the first inning that halted Buehrle’s scoreless-innings streak at 17.

Yelich got to Buehrle in the fourth inning with a towering, two-out solo shot to the second deck in right field to extend Miami’s lead to 2-0 with.

The Blue Jays finally scored on Haren in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game on a pair of sacrifice flies from the middle of their lineup.

Reyes led off the inning with a double — the first Toronto hit of the night — advanced to third on a single from Donaldson and crossed the plate on Bautista’s sac fly to right field. Encarnacion’s sac fly to left drove in Donaldson to make it 2-2. 

Haren had retired the first nine batters he faced prior to the fourth inning and 12 of 13 the rest of the way.

Braves reliever Mike Dunn issued a two-out walk to pinch hitter Danny Valencia in the eighth, but Reyes grounded out to end the inning.

Aaron Loup pitched a scoreless eighth and Hendriks worked around a two-out single in the ninth for the Jays.

NOTES: Donaldson has reached base safely in 14 straight games. Chris Colabello failed to record a hit, snapping his 18-game streak. … The Blue Jays close out their three-game set with the Marlins Wednesday afternoon before beginning a five-game road trip on Friday against the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. … Rapper Snoop Dogg threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Attendance was 20,558.

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Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press

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