Edwin Encarnacion's bat, defence lead Blue Jays over Giants
Strong start from Aaron Sanchez in 3-1 win
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out five over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Monday night in their first visit to AT&T Park in nearly three years.
Encarnacion connected in the third off Jake Peavy (1-4), who has given up five homers in his last two outings and lost his third straight start.
Toronto had gone back-to-back games without a home run for the third time this season, but Encarnacion's deep third inning drive into the left-field bleachers kept the Blue Jays from doing so in three straight for the first time since September 26-28, 2014.
Sanchez (3-1) allowed one run and three hits and walked one in a strong 105-pitch performance.
Encarnacion's sixth home run of the season moved him into a tie with Joe Carter for fourth place on the club's all-time list with 203. He also showed some skill in the field with a creative inning-ending putout at first.
“Got it! WAIT. Got it!” -<a href="https://twitter.com/Encadwin">@Encadwin</a>, probably: <a href="https://t.co/Ly24AY8j9O">https://t.co/Ly24AY8j9O</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OurMoment?src=hash">#OurMoment</a> <a href="https://t.co/FuvOY2Z69r">pic.twitter.com/FuvOY2Z69r</a>—@BlueJays
Michael Saunders knows he is far from the first to stumble in San Francisco's expansive foul territory.
In the sixth inning of Toronto's 3-1 victory against the Giants, the Toronto left fielder tried to chase down Brandon Crawford's foul popup, lost his footing over the bullpen mound and the ball ricocheted off his head as he slid on his knees toward the rolled-up tarp.
"I guess the one that hit me in the head is more funny than the one losing it in the lights," Saunders said, a good sport about his fall. "I tripped over the mound, every once in a while it happens. I guess you've got to learn to play around it. I know I'm not the first guy to ever have issues with the mound, nor will I be the last. This ballpark's been here a long time. It's just part of the park."
He was OK and stayed in the game.
"He's a hard-headed Canadian. That doesn't ever hurt any Canadians," manager John Gibbons quipped.
Gavin Floyd pitched a perfect eighth and Roberto Osuna allowed Crawford's leadoff double before finishing for his seventh save.
Toronto improved to 3-6 in San Francisco in the club's first visit to the Giants' waterfront ballpark since a pair of games in June 2013. The Blue Jays won for the seventh time in the last nine meetings with the Giants after a seven-game skid.