En­car­na­cion, Donaldson homer, Stro­man goes eight

TORONTO 10, ARI­ZONA 4

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BOB BAUM

PHOENIX — Power hit­ting is the norm for the Toronto Blue Jays.

When they add a qual­ity pitch­ing per­for­mance, the re­sults are im­pres­sive.

Josh Donaldson and Ed­win En­car­na­cion each hit two-run homers and Mar­cus Stro­man went eight strong in­nings in the Blue Jays’ 10-4 vic­tory over the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs in in­ter­league base­ball ac­tion Wed­nes­day.

Donaldson’s homer off Pa­trick Corbin landed in the Chase Field swim­ming pool in the first in­ning. En­car­na­cion’s soar­ing shot off Daniel Hud­son, pro­jected at 471 feet, landed far down the walk­way be­yond the left seats in the eighth.

“That was the loud­est ball I’ve ever wit­nessed live in a sta­dium, by far,” Stro­man said. “I was un­der (in the club­house) and I ran out and saw where it landed. It was pretty spe­cial. He’s the man.”

It was En­car­na­cion’s 26th home run of the sea­son and ninth in his past eight games at Chase.

“I haven’t seen many like that,” man­ager John Gibbons said. “He rakes it in this place.”

Stro­man (8-4) al­lowed a run and eight hits to help the Blue Jays sweep the two-game se­ries. He bounced back from a rough out­ing in Oak­land.

“I didn’t com­mand the ball as good in Oak­land,” he said. “Spin­ning pitches were left kind of more mid­dle. I just had more ac­tion on my pitches to­day.”

Dar­win Bar­ney tripled in two runs and brought an­other home with a sac­ri­fice fly for Toronto. Devon Travis had three hits, two of them dou­bles. It was an­other power dis­play for Toronto.

“We’ve al­ways that. That’s kind of our trade­mark and you live and die with that,” Gibbons said. “We’re get­ting an­other guy back here Mon­day (Jose Bautista) that’s pretty good at do­ing that, too.”

Corbin (4-9) was tagged for six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 5 2-3 in­nings to fall to 0-7 at home.

But Ari­zona man­ager Chip Hale wasn’t all that crit­i­cal.

Tuffy Gosewisch hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Ari­zona.

Corbin had thrown only five pitches and Toronto led 2-0.

Bautista (turf toe) made his first re­hab start Wed­nes­day night for Class A Dunedin, hit­ting a homer in his first at bat, and will play three re­hab games for Triple-A Buf­falo over the week­end. He could re­join the Blue Jays on Mon­day.

The Jays have Thurs­day off and be­gin a nine-game home­s­tand Fri­day night with a game against Seat­tle.

CHRIS­TIAN PETERSEN, GETTY IMAGES

Josh Donaldson not only home­red, but had a good game at third base, field­ing this ground ball in the sev­enth of Wed­nes­day’s con­test.

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