Buehrle won his season-best fifth straight decision, Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit back-to-back home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to eight games, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 on Tuesday night.
“Everybody’s having fun,” Encarnacion said. “You can see it on their faces. We’re playing great baseball.”
“He’s everything you could ask for,” Buehrle said. “Offensively and defensively, he’s awesome.”
Encarnacion has homered in three straight games for the third time this season.
The Blue Jays lead the majors with 76 home runs. They have gone deep in 10 straight games and 29 of their past 34, hitting 58 homers in that span.
Buehrle (9-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three.
Casey Janssen finished for his eighth save in as many chances.
Sean Rodriguez had three RBIs for the Rays, who lost their second straight following a season-best four-game winning streak. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he’s just hoping to get out of Toronto without being swept.
“Taking one out of three right now sounds very enticing,” Maddon said.