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Settling the Score: Wednesday’s results


Blue Jays right-hander Scott Copeland was terrific in his first major league start Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins, firing seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The 27-year-old former 21st-round pick walked none, whiffed four, and scattered six hits over his seven frames. Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, and Russell Martin each went 2-for-4 and combined for five RBI.

It’s the eighth straight victory for the Jays, who are now just three games back of the first-place Yankees in the American League East standings. Copeland was sent to Triple-A Buffalo after the game, but he should get another shot soon.

Wednesday’s matinee assignment was only meant to be a spot start for Copeland.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Wednesday …

Phillies 2, Reds 5

Marlins 2, Blue Jays 7

Nationals 5, Yankees 4 (11 innings)

Cardinals 4, Rockies 2

Red Sox 2, Orioles 5

Brewers 0, Pirates 2

Padres 1, Braves 4

Angels 2, Rays 4

Giants 8, Mets 5

Mariners 9, Indians 3

Cubs 12, Tigers 3

Royals 7, Twins 2

Astros 1, White Sox 4

Rangers 4, Athletics 5

Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 6

The red-hot Blue Jays have gone 18 straight wins without a save

Brett Gardner, Brett Cecil

It’s one of those things that simply doesn’t seem possible these days: the Blue Jays, despite having now won eight straight games, don’t have a single save since May 4.

After beating the Marlins 7-2 on Wednesday, the Jays are 18-16 since closer Brett Cecil (or anyone else on the team) last picked up a save. 14 of those 16 losses have included saves by the opposition. But none of the 18 wins. Let’s look at the scores of those wins.

May 6: 5-1
May 8: 7-0
May 9: 7-1
May 12: 10-2
May 18: 10-6
May 21: 8-4
May 24: 8-2
May 25: 6-0
May 26: 10-9 (walkoff victory)
May 29: 6-4
June 2: 7-3
June 3: 8-0
June 4: 6-2
June 6: 7-2
June 7: 7-6 (walkoff victory)
June 8: 11-3
June 9: 4-3 (walkoff victory)
June 10: 7-2

14 of the 18 wins came by four or more runs, with three of the remaining four being decided in the Jays’ final at-bat. The only real chance for a save was on the May 29 game against the Twins, when the Jays scored twice in the top of the ninth to take a 6-4 lead. Under normal circumstances, that would have been Cecil time. Manager John Gibbons, though, decided to let Mark Buehrle finish it, which he did with a flawless final frame.

It rates as quite the oddity. I know of no way to find out the last team to go 18 wins without a save, but I’m guessing it’s been a long while. Last year, AL teams earned saves in 619 of 1,228 victories, so just over half of the time. The Jays had 45 saves in 83 victories then. If we just go with 50 percent of wins as being frequency of saves, then it’s a 1/524,288 chance that a team would go 18 straight wins without one.

With the winning streak, the Jays are 31-30 for the season. Because of the abundance of lopsided wins and close losses, they have the AL’s best run differential, having scored 325 runs and allowed 266.

Settling the Score: Tuesday’s results

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Tuesday night belonged to Giants rookie right-hander Chris Heston, who threw the first no-hitter of the 2015 season against the Mets at Citi Field.

But how about those Toronto Blue Jays?

Edwin Encarnacion returned from a minor left shoulder injury Tuesday and slugged a walkoff two-run homer as Toronto scored a 4-3 victory over the visiting Marlins. It’s the seventh win in a row for the Blue Jays, who are now back to .500 at 30-30 and boast the very-best run differential in the American League at +54. They’re four games back of the also-streaking Yankees in the AL East standings.

Here’s the replay of that walkoff blast from Encarnacion …

Your box scores and AP recaps from Tuesday’s full slate …

Red Sox 0, Orioles 1

Nationals 1, Yankees 6

Brewers 4, Pirates 1

Marlins 3, Blue Jays 4

Cubs 0, Tigers 6

Mariners 3, Indians 2

Padres 5, Braves 6

Phillies 2, Reds 11

Giants 5, Mets 0

Angels 8, Rays 2

Astros 2, White Sox 4

Royals 2, Twins 0

Cardinals 3, Rockies 4

Rangers 2, Athletics 1

Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 3

Edwin Encarnacion back in Jays’ lineup after shoulder scare

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Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Sunday and Monday after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder on Saturday, but he is back in there on Tuesday night, batting cleanup and serving as Toronto’s designated hitter against Marlins right-hander Dan Haren.

The cortisone injection apparently did the trick.

Encarnacion has a disappointing .219/.310/.439 slash line in 55 games this season, but that has come alongside 12 home runs and 33 RBI. “EE” should be able to get it all working soon enough. The 32-year-old slugger had a .916 OPS (150 OPS+) between 2012-2014.

Video: Chris Colabello extends hitting streak to 17 games with walk-off single

Chris Colabello

Blue Jays outfielder was 0-for-3 on Sunday afternoon against the Astros, putting his 16-game hitting streak in jeopardy. The Blue Jays afforded him one more opportunity to extend it, and it happened to be in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out. The tying run was on third base in Jose Reyes and the winning run was on second base in Jose Bautista.

Colabello reached out for a 1-2 breaking ball from closer Luke Gregerson, sending it weakly back up the middle for a walk-off two-run single. The 31-year-old has been a diamond in the rough for the Blue Jays, now batting .355/.400/.529 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 129 plate appearances this season.

Colabello’s story is fascinating. He played independent league baseball through age 27 before the Twins signed him to a minor league deal in 2012. In December 2013, he received a $1 million offer to play in South Korea, but turned it down as he didn’t want to give up his dream of playing in the majors.

Sunday’s walk-off win extends the Blue Jays’ winning streak to five games, putting them at 28-30, leaving them just 4.5 games behind the first-place Yankees.