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By The Sports Xchange September 2, 2013 7:00 PM
PHOENIX -- Right-hander Esmil Rogers gave up one hit in 6 1-3 shutout innings and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 36th home run of the season to help Toronto defeat Arizona 4-1 on Monday afternoon. Rogers (4-7) gave up only a second-inning single to Martin Prado while striking out five in his best start of the season. He won for the first time in 11 starts, since an 8-3 victory over Colorado on June 18. Encarnacion's two-run homer in the ninth inning off Brandon McCarthy (3-9) gave the Blue Jays a little breathing room. Encarnacion has six home runs in his last four games at Chase Field with three of those coming in one game. He also hit five in a three-game series in May 2010. Pinch-hitter Willie Bloomquist singled in a run off Aaron Loup in the ninth inning before Casey Janssen entered to record his 27th save, getting NL RBI leader Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a double play with runners on first and second. The Blue Jays (63-75) won for the fifth time in seven games. Moises Sierra doubled off McCarthy with one out in the second inning and scored on Kevin Pillar's two out single for the game's first run. Gose followed with a triple to deep center field to make the score 2-0. McCarthy hit Encarnacion with a pitch in the third inning but retired the next 16 batters before Ryan Goins singled to left field to open the ninth. Encarnacion followed with a first-pitch home run. Arizona (69-67) has lost eight of their last 12 and fell seven games behind Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild card. Prado, who led the National League with 43 hits in August, singled with one out in the second inning but was erased when Gerardo Parra grounded into a double play. Rogers retired the next 13 before walking Tony Campana to begin the seventh inning. After Campana stole second base, reliever Sergio Santos walked Goldschmidt before starting a double play on Eric Chavez's comebacker. Parra singled with one out in the eighth inning off Steve Delabar and was erased on another double play. NOTES: 1B/DH Adam Lind was the odd man out when the Blue Jays were without a DH in the first game of their interleague road series at Arizona. Lind, hitting .283 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs, has made 95 starts in the fourth or fifth spot in the batting order. Encarnacion started at first. ... RF Jose Bautista, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 21 with a hip injury, was to fly to New York for another opinion Monday, manager John Gibbons said. ... Arizona RHP Matt Langwell reported to the team after being acquired as the player to be named in the trade that sent OF Jason Kubel to Cleveland late last week. OF Cody Ross (fractured hip) was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Langwell on the 40-man roster.