September 13, 2012 in Sports

Blue Jays hand M’s Hernandez third straight loss

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Toronto’s Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus congratulate Edwin Encarnacion on his 40th homer of the season, a three-run shot off Felix Hernandez.
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TORONTO — Edwin Encarnacion hit his 40th home run, Adam Lind also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 Thursday night to send Felix Hernandez to his third straight loss.

Encarnacion hit a three-run drive into the second deck in left in a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep. Lind hit a two-run shot to right in the first.

Hernandez (13-8) allowed a season-high seven runs and 10 hits in four innings, struck out four and walked one. He has a 9.00 in his last three outings, losing three consecutive starts for the first time since Sept. 12-24 last year.

Hernandez is 2-3 since throwing the major leagues’ 23rd perfect game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15.

Henderson Alvarez (9-12) allowed three runs in seven innings to beat his childhood idol. Both men were born in Valencia, Venezuela.

Alvarez, who walked three and struck out two, has won back-to-back starts for the first time since July 22-28.

Brad Lincoln and Aaron Loup each worked one inning of relief as Toronto avoided a sixth straight defeat to Seattle.

Trailing 2-0 on Lind’s homer, the Mariners tied it in the second on Carlos Peguro’s two-run double over left fielder Rajai Davis.

Brett Lawrie’s two-run single put the Blue Jays ahead in the fourth, Colby Rasmus walked and Encarnacion followed with a drive to left. He moved one behind Texas slugger Josh Hamilton, who leads the major leagues with 41 homers.

Jeff Mathis hit an RBI single off Carter Capps in the fifth for an 8-2 lead, and Dustin Ackley hit a solo homer off Alvarez in the seventh.

Mathis matched a career high with the third fourth-hit game of his big league career, his second this season.

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