The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GRE­GORY STRONG

TORONTO — Mar­cus Stro­man threw six shutout in­nings and Ryan Goins hit a tworun homer as the Toronto Blue Jays de­feated the Cleve­land In­di­ans, 4-2, Mon­day night at Rogers Cen­tre.

Goins went deep in the sec­ond in­ning and Justin Smoak drove in two more runs in the third as the Blue Jays (12-20) won for the third time in four games.

The In­di­ans (17-14) scored two runs in the eighth in­ning be­fore Roberto Osuna closed things out in the ninth for his fifth save.

Cleve­land slug­ger Edwin En­car­na­cion re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the Rogers Cen­tre base­ball crowd of 40,014 in his first game back in Toronto since sign­ing with the In­di­ans in the off-sea­son.

He led off the sec­ond in­ning with an in­field sin­gle and Jose Ramirez fol­lowed with a sin­gle to right field, with En­car­na­cion tak­ing a wide turn at sec­ond base as if he might test Jose Bautista’s arm.

Bautista threw a rocket to third base and the long­time friends both smiled af­ter En­car­na­cion re­turned to the bag. Af­ter a line-out, Stro­man es­caped by get­ting Yandy Diaz to ground into an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play.

In the bot­tom half, Toronto sec­ond base­man Devon Travis led off with a dou­ble and scored when Goins turned on a 2-2 pitch from Trevor Bauer (2-4) for a no-doubt blast in­side the right-field foul pole.

The Blue Jays tacked on two more runs in the third af­ter Kevin Pil­lar walked and moved to third on a dou­ble by Kendrys Mo­rales. Smoak brought them home with a flare to shal­low right field.

The game took two hours and 55 min­utes.


Af­ter a video tribute, Edwin En­car­na­cion tips his cap to the fans as the Blue Jays play the Cleve­land In­di­ans at Rogers Cen­tre in Toronto on Mon­day night. The Blue Jays won, 4-2.

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