Brewers swept for 1st time, beaten by Blue Jays

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TORONTO (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers came up empty on their two-day trip to Canada, absorbing their first series sweep of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a game-ending, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth innings and the Toronto Blue Jays send the Brewers to their third straight defeat, 7-4 Wednesday.

“Today was a tough game to lose,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Milwaukee had not been swept in 27 series before this brief matchup of division leaders. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have not been swept this season.

“We had good games with them, they’re a good team,” said reliever Brandon Kintzler, who gave up Encarnacion’s homer. “First place against first place.”

Jose Bautista and Juan Francisco also connected for the Blue Jays, who have hit a major league-high 113 home runs this season.

Milwaukee lost for the fourth time in 14 road games. They’re 27-17 away from home this season.

Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta came in riding a streak of five straight wins, but couldn’t keep it going. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Peralta walked three and struck out four.

“Wily was all over the place again with his command but he did manage to give us innings and keep it tied,” Roenicke said. “We’ve got to get him locked in better and making some consistent pitches.”

Facing Will Smith (1-1), Jose Reyes led off the ninth with a double. Melky Cabrera was intentionally walked and Kintzler came on to face Anthony Gose, who failed to advance the runners with a bunt as Reyes was forced at third.

Darin Mastroianni struck out but Encarnacion ended it with his 26th home run.

“He hanged it, I banged it,” Encarnacion said, calling his walk-off shot “the best moment you can have for any player.”

Encarnacion is tied for the major league lead with White Sox rookie Jose Abreu and Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz.

Kintzler fell behind Encarnacion 3-1 before the homer.

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