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Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3

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TORONTO -- Right-hander Esmil Rogers held his former team to four hits and Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-3 on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to a season-best seven games.

Rogers (3-2) who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings before a crowd of 22,852 at Rogers Centre, where the Rockies are 0-8. Rogers allowed one walk while striking out five in his fourth start of the season after opening in the bullpen.

Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia (who had three hits and two RBI) and Maicer Izturis each homered against left-hander Jeff Francis of North Delta, B.C.

Francis (2-5) lost to the Blue Jays for the first time in his career, allowing 10 hits and eight runs in six innings. The Canadian had won his three previous starts against Toronto, including one at Rogers Centre in 2011 as a member of the Kansas City Royals.

The first hit of the game for the Rockies (37-35) was a one-out single in the sixth by Jonathan Herrera, a line drive up the middle.

Rogers was signed by the Rockies in 2003 and was traded to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations on June 12, 2012. The Blue Jays acquired him in the offseason for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Yan Gomes.

The Blue Jays (34-36) increased their lead to 8-0 with two out in the sixth when Arencibia hit his 15th home run followed by Izturis' fourth of the season. It was the first time the Blue Jays hit back-to-back home runs this season.

The Rockies scored three in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez blooped a double down the left-field line and Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games with a single. Willin Rosario singled in a run, Nolan Arenado scored a run on a groundout and the third run scored on an error by Izturis on a grounder to shortstop by Tyler Colvin with left-hander Aaron Loup pitching.

The Blue Jays scored four runs on six hits in the first inning. Encarnacion (double), Adam Lind (single), Rajai Davis (single) and Arencibia (double) each drove in a run in the inning.

Encarnacion's 19th homer of the season, following a fifth-inning single by Cabrera, increased Toronto's lead to 6-0.

In Francis' previous three career starts against the Blue Jays, he allowed a total of six runs, five earned.

NOTES: The Rockies called up RHP Roy Oswalt from Double-A Tulsa, where he was 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts. He will start Thursday against the Washington Nationals. The 35-year-old veteran has a career record of 163-98 with a 3.28 ERA. ... Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (strained forearm) has been shut down after he felt discomfort in his forearm after his first rehab outing Tuesday for Class A Dunedin. ... Davis started in center field to give CF Colby Rasmus a break. ... The Blue Jays will start LHP Mark Buehrle (3-4, 4.66 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday against Colorado RHP Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.86 ERA).
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