Take a bow, Encarnacion

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right) celebrates the club's win against the Red Sox...

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right) celebrates the club's win against the Red Sox with catcher Jose Molina at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Sep. 7, 2011. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:23 AM ET

TORONTO - Edwin Encarnacion coasted into second base, clapping his hands.

The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman deserved the applause.

The small crowd at the Rogers Centre and the Jays dugout cheered him, too.

“Plenty of excitement,” said Toronto's Adam Lind.

Encarnacion put the cap on a five-run inning with a bases-loaded double to the wall in right-centre field off Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Albers.

The rally gave the Jays an 11-10 win over the Red Sox before 16,154 fans Wednesday night.

Jays reliever Frank Francisco allowed two runs in the ninth en route to his 13th save. Catcher Jose Molina put the nail in the coffin by erasing pinch runner Mike Aviles on a steal attempt for the final out.

“I used the slide step just in case,” said Francisco. “Jose made a great throw.”

Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield was four outs from his 200th career win as the Red Sox left Toronto's Brandon Morrow battered and bruised.

Encarnacion's double was his club-leading 34th.

“He’s got a slew (of at-bats) for not being in the lineup every day,” said Ricky Romero of Encarncion, who's also fourth on the team in plate appearances.

Entering the eighth with an 8-6 lead, Boston's Daniel Bard hit Brett Lawrie with a pitch and Adam Loewen followed by pulling a single to right.

“I thought I’d be nervous, but I wasn’t,” said Loewen, who was playing in his first big-league game since 2008.

After a walk to J.P. Arencibia, the Jays had the bases loaded and none out.

Bard fanned DeWayne Wise and Yunel Escobar before both Eric Thames and Jose Bautista worked run-producing walks to tie the game. Encarnacion then delivered his bases-clearing double off Albers.

Watching

Standing behind the batting cage observing Loewen taking batting practice before his first major-league start in right field was a man who had as much to do with the oft-injured Loewen being back in the big-leagues as anyone. “I know how hard he’s worked,” said Jim Beattie. Now a pro scout for the Jays, Beattie and Mike Flanagan were co-general managers of the Baltimore Orioles when they signed Loewen days before the 2003 draft. GM Syd Thrift drafted Loewen in 2002 from the Whalley Chiefs in Surrey, B.C. ... “Mike and I saw him pitch at Chipola College (in the spring of 2003), the player he was compared to most was Oakland’s 6-foot-6 Mark Mulder, Mike was able to get the deal done,” said Beattie, who signed Loewen to a $4.02 million major-league deal. “It’s unfortunate he got hurt (stress fractures in his left elbow). I read today that the trait of a successful person is persistence. Adam has that” ... Loewen collected his first Major League hit against Bard and got the ball as a souvenir ... “He looked like a young Alex Rios out there, tall, tape on his arm,” said Lind.

In game

Lawrie back-handed a smash off the bat off Kevin Youkilis, spun and raced to third for the force in the seventh ... Arencibia threw out Jacoby Ellsbury trying to steal in the sixth, the 13th time he’s been caught in 49 attempts ... A Carl Crawford double, a walk by Marco Scutaro and a bloop double by Josh Reddick scored a run, and then Ellsbury hit the first pitch he saw for a three-run homer to right-centre in the fourth ... On a good night Wakefield’s knuckleball can dance, dip, wobble and shimmy like a geographically challenged butterfly moving at 65 mph. This night his knuckleball danced like Elaine on Seinfeld ... In his first three innings Wakefield allowed five runs -- four earned -- on three hits, three walks, two wild pitches, a hit batter and a passed ball ... Morrow allowed eight hits -- four for extra bases -- and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings ... Jays manager John Farrell said before the game he hoped to get Morrow to 180 innings this season ... Morrow has now allowed 204 base runners (144 hits, 58 walks, 10 hit batters) in 153 innings ... He gave up his 17th and 18th homers of the season after allowing 11 in 146 1/3 innings a year ago ... The Jays took a 5-3 lead in the third on a hit batter, a Bautista double, a walk and a successful double steal by Bautista and Lawrie ... Arencibia straightened out a knuckler for a two-run homer to left in the second for his 21st, most in franchise history by a catcher ... The first featured four runs (three by the Sox) on a grand total of three singles. Morrow hit two batters, one with the bases loaded, while the Jays scored on two walks a wild pitch, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly.

Your call

What’s the bigger accomplishment for Loewen? Being selected fourth overall in North America as a left-handed pitcher and making the majors, or starting over as a hitter and making the majors? ... Lind: “(Loewen) hardly swung at all when he pitched for the Orioles (two plate appearances), then started over, skipped instructional league and the low minors. To go from thinking you’re almost out of the game due to an injury, almost done mentally, thinking no one would give you a shot ... to making to the majors, pretty impressive.” ... Toronto's Mark Teahen: “Making it back as a hitter. There is a fourth overall pick every year” ... Sox lefty Eric Bedard of Navan, Ont. “I’m happy for him. I’m going to try to find him to say hello before the game.” .... Sox manager Terry Francona: “If you can’t hit it’s going to be real hard. Obviously he’s a great athlete.” ... Farrell told reporters: “These situations are few and far between, Rick Ankiel is the latest to do it successfully. This is a reincarnation. He’s faced lot of challenges on his way back.”

R.I.P.

Francona knew Pavol Demitra, who died on the Yak-42 passenger jet which slammed into a riverbank moments after taking off from the city of Yaroslav, northeast of Moscow on Wednesday. “I went to an University of Arizona Wildcats-Illinois basketball game a few years ago in Phoenix,” Francona said. “We had dinner together, he was a funny guy, very funny, I loved him. He was playing for the St. Louis Blues then.”


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