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Blue Jays batter Brett Lawrie hits a home run against the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc., June 19, 2012. (DARREN HAUCK/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

MILWAUKEE - Now what?

If you’re the Toronto Blue Jays, the answer to that question is crank out as many home runs as you can hit to overcome a bad performance from your starter.

It almost worked Monday, but three home runs couldn’t get the job done.

So Tuesday, the Jays pulled an Emeril Lagasse by kicking it up a notch and belting six.

Three of those shots occurred in the sixth inning and came in a row as Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion made Tyler Thornburg’s major-league debut a memorable one for the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander.

The fifth one was a biggie, coming in the ninth with Brewers closer John Axford protecting a one-run lead.

On a 3-1 pitch, Rasmus was ready and pulled Axford’s next pitch down the right-field line. The ball sailed over the fence and tucked just inside the foul pole to tie the game 9-9.

That stunner was followed quickly by another as Bautista belted a 3-1 delivery into the seats in right for his 22nd homer of the season to power the Jays to a 10-9 victory.

It's the first time the Jays have beaten the Brewers in Milwaukee since interleague play began and snapped an 11-game losing streak here.

"We are just trying to keep that thing going and not trying to let anything beat us down," Rasmus said of the club's mood. "I think that helped us out in the ninth."

As far as his second homer, Rasmus said he was ready for Axford this game.

"I was just trying to keep him down. Last night, I was first pitch swinging at a pitch a little above the letters, which is tough to hit at 97," Rasmus said. "I was just trying to see him down and thankfully I got inside that ball enough."

The top four hitters for the Jays are on a definite power surge and Rasmus doesn't want it to end.

"You just hope the dream don't end, you know," he said. "Just hope I don't wake up. But, man, it was nice, just glad that we were able to pull it out."

The game was a wild affair as Toronto’s pitchers constantly shot themselves in the foot. The Brewers countered the Jays’ power with three bases-loaded walks, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and a grand slam from Aramis Ramirez.

The Jays received a two-run shot by Brett Lawrie in the third, but thanks to miserable jobs by starter Jesse Chavez in the third and Robert Coello and Jason Frasor in the sixth, it was almost not enough.

In the top of the sixth, the Jays scored four runs to go up 6-4. That lead vanished in no time at all.

Coello was victimized by bad luck as he gave up jam shots to Milwaukee's first two batters to put runners on second and third. One out later, he loaded them up with a walk.

In came the veteran Frasor to face Ryan Braun, and on a 3-2 pitch, he missed outside to walk in a run. Two pitches later, Ramirez sent the crowd into bedlam with the 10th grand slam of his career, driving a stake through Toronto's heart.

Chavez, meanwhile, wasn’t the answer Tuesday night and for Wednesday’s matinee against the Brewers the Jays will send out Question Mark and the Mysterians.

When duty called and opportunity knocked, Chavez didn’t respond.

Through the first two innings, Chavez was gold, striking out four of the first six batters he faced and blanking the Brewers, giving up one hit.

In the third, it all came tumbling apart as Chavez surrendered an RBI double and walked in two runs before giving up another after he hit a batter.

So, just who do the Jays turn to now behind Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil and a shaky Henderson Alvarez?

Lefty Aaron Laffey is a candidate for Wednesday's start. After that, the Jays may have to dip down to prospects Chad Jenkins or Deck McGuire and pray they respond as Drew Hutchison did earlier in the season.

Currently for the Jays and their starters, there is no light at the end of their long, dark tunnel.


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