Encarnacion finding his rhythm as Blue Jays romp Phillies

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is greeted by third baseman Juan Francisco after...

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is greeted by third baseman Juan Francisco after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, May 8, 2014. (USA Today)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

TORONTO - Edwin Encarnacion is heating up.

It’s enough to make the Toronto Blue Jays giddy.

You could say it’s long overdue.

In fact, for most of the season the Jays cleanup hitter has been cool to lukewarm.

There have been signs, puffs of smoke now and then, that his bat was about to erupt. Such as the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game when he stroked a leadoff triple to centre field and later in the inning hammered a three-run bomb to left.

Signs such as his two bombs into the seats in left during last night’s 12-6 romp over Philadelphia — the Jays’ fourth consecutive victory over the Phillies and fifth in a row overall.

Encarnacion’s blast in the second inning against former Blue Jay A.J. Burnett was the 200th of his career and opened a three-run inning. He added a two-run shot in the seventh.


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