The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GE­NARO C. AR­MAS

MIL­WAU­KEE — Ryan Goins hit his first ca­reer grand slam, one of four homers for the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-4 win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers on Wed­nes­day.

The Blue Jays swept the two-game interleague base­ball se­ries and wrapped up a seven-game road trip with three straight wins.

Kevin Pil­lar, Devon Travis and Jose Bautista hit solo shots for the Blue Jays, who have home­red in four straight games. Bautista’s tow­er­ing shot car­omed off the Miller Lite sign high above the cen­tre-field wall 400 feet from the plate.

Mar­cus Stro­man (5-2) al­lowed four hits and a sea­son-high four walks but won his fourth straight game, pitch­ing into the sixth be­fore Domingo San­tana’s two-out, three­run homer cut Toronto’s lead to four.

The bullpen ended the af­ter­noon by re­tir­ing 10 of the Brew­ers’ fi­nal 11 hit­ters. Goins’ grand slam in the sixth pro­vided more than enough cush­ion.

A .202 hit­ter en­ter­ing the game, Goins hit an 0-1 pitch from re­liever Oliver Drake into the right-field stands to break open what had been a 4-1 game in the top of the sixth. The left-hit­ting Goins left an im­pres­sion in what might be his last game at short­stop be­fore reg­u­lar Troy Tu­low­itzki (right ham­string) re­turns from the dis­abled list. Matt Garza (2-1) al­lowed seven hits and six runs over 5 2/3 in­nings. His ERA bal­looned from 2.43 to 3.60 af­ter giv­ing up three homers. NOTES: Bautista went 2 of 4 for his sev­enth multi-hit game in his last 11. He ex­tended his on-base streak to 16 ... Keon Brox­ton hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot, in the third off Stro­man … Man­ager John Gib­bons ex­pects 3B Josh Don­ald­son (right calf ) and Tu­low­itzki to re­turn from mi­nor-league re­hab as­sign­ments to re­join the team in Toronto for a week­end se­ries against the Texas Rangers. The Jays have a day off Thurs­day.


Toronto Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins hits a grand slam in the sixth in­ning Wed­nes­day in Mil­wau­kee.

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