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 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.
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.
Edwin Encarnacion made an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Astros and he is not in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Here’s the reason …
Encarnacion should avoid the disabled list, but it’s probably going to be a few days before he can swing a bat without discomfort. Toronto kicks off a three-game set with the visiting Marlins on Monday evening.
Encarnacion has tallied 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 55 games this season for the Blue Jays, but that has come with a relatively disappointing .749 OPS. He’s put up a .900 OPS or better in three straight years.