Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/18/13
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis added back-to-back shots and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Tuesday night. Toronto has its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in late 2008. Esmil Rogers (3-2) worked 6 2-3 innings to beat his former team and win his second straight start. Rogers didn't allow a hit until Jonathan Herrera singled with one out in the sixth. He left to a standing ovation after allowing two earned runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out five. Rogers pitched 70 games over four seasons with the Rockies before being traded to Cleveland last June. The right-hander, who joined Toronto in a trade last November, is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts since moving to the rotation on May 29. The Rockies lost for the fifth time in seven games and dropped to 0-8 at Rogers Centre. Jeff Francis (2-5) allowed season highs of eight runs and 10 hits in six innings, losing for the first time in four career starts against Toronto. Making just his second start in Canada, the Vancouver, B.C., native walked none and struck out two. The Blue Jays tagged Francis with a four-run first. Encarnacion hit an RBI double and scored on Adam Lind's single, Rajai Davis singled home a run and Arencibia capped a six-hit inning with an RBI double. Francis responded by setting down 11 straight batters before Melky Cabrera singled in the fifth. One out later, Encarnacion homered to left, his team-leading 19th. Toronto made it 8-0 when Arencibia and Izturis went deep in the sixth, the first time this season the Blue Jays have hit consecutive home runs. Arencibia's homer was his 15th, while Izturis hit his fourth. The Rockies ended Rogers' shutout bid in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez led off with a double and Michael Cuddyer followed with a single, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games. Wilin Rosario hit an RBI single and, one out later, Cuddyer scored on Nolan Arenado's groundout. Darren Oliver worked the eighth and Steve Delabar finished in the ninth as Toronto improved to 8-5 against NL opponents. NOTES: The Rockies announced that RHP Roy Oswalt will be called up to make his season debut against Washington on Thursday. Oswalt signed a minor league contract on May 2 and had been at Double-A Tulsa. ... Colorado OF Dexter Fowler (right ring finger) got the night off. Fowler has been sore since being hit on the hand by a pitch last week. ... Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (forearm) and LHP Luis Perez (elbow) have both been shut down in their minor league rehab assignments because of soreness. Morrow has been out since May 28, while Perez has not pitched this season. ... Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera missed the game to attend his son's high school graduation. He was replaced by bench coach DeMarlo Hale.
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