Blue Jays score 6 in 1st, beat Miami for 6th straight win
TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada retired the Miami Marlins in order in the top of the first inning. Then he waited while the Toronto Blue Jays set 10 batters to the plate.
Chris Colabello extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI single during that six-run first and the Blue Jays routed Miami 11-3 Monday night for their sixth win in a row.
''They were asking me if I wanted to go inside and throw a little more because you kind of sit for a while and you tie up a little but I was fine,'' Estrada said of the lengthy wait. ''It's awesome watching these guys swing the bat, it's impressive.''
Josh Donaldson homered and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, the top-scoring team in the majors.
''I don't think any part of our lineup has a real hole in it,'' Toronto's Danny Valencia said. ''One to nine it's tough. Coming in here and pitching against us has got to be hard.''
The Blue Jays have gotten at least six runs in six straight games, their best streak since a seven-game burst in 2000. They've also scored 10 or more 10 times this year, matching all of last year's total.
Estrada (3-3) allowed three runs in seven innings and won back-to-back starts for the first time since last June with Milwaukee.
''We're just putting it all together lately,'' Estrada said.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his 19th home run, matching Bryce Harper for the NL lead, and also doubled twice.
Brad Hand (1-2) gave up six runs while getting only two outs.
''They came out swinging and I left too many pitches up and couldn't get out of the first,'' said Hand, who tipped his cap to a sarcastic round of applause as he left the field after getting just two outs.
Toronto quickly gave Estrada all the support he needed.
After Colabello's single opened the scoring, Valencia hit a bases-loaded, two-run double, Kevin Pillar hit a two-run single and Munenori Kawasaki doubled home a run.
''Brad centered a lot of fastballs and it's a good fastball-hitting club,'' Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. ''They jumped on him.''
It was the 21st time this season Toronto has scored four or more in an inning, more than any other team.
Kawasaki's hit finished Hand. Andre Rienzo came on and got Jose Reyes to ground out. Rienzo pitched 4 1-3 innings.
''He did a heck of a job to save us,'' Jennings said.
Donaldson made it 7-0 with a leadoff drive in the second, his 16th. He added a two-run single in the seventh.
The Blue Jays and Marlins met for the first time since June 2012, five months before the 12-player blockbuster trade that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to Toronto for Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis and several prospects.
''It has to be assessed now as a very fair trade for both sides,'' said Jennings, Miami's assistant general manager at the time.
BIRTHDAY BOY EXITS EARLY
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn't last long on his 53rd birthday. Gibbons was ejected by first base umpire Angel Hernandez for arguing a check swing strikeout call on Jose Bautista in the second.
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP
Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki was hit in the chin by a bouncing foul ball during his at bat in the seventh. He remained in the game.
LATEST ON LATOS
RHP Mat Latos (left knee) allowed one run and three hits in 4 2-3 innings in a rehab start at Triple-A New Orleans. RHP Jarred Cosart (vertigo) is scheduled to start for New Orleans on Thursday while RHP Jose Fernandez (right elbow) will pitch for Class-A Jupiter on Friday.
Marlins: Miami put RHP Bryan Morris (back) on the 15-day DL and recalled LHP Adam Conley from Triple-A New Orleans.
Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion (left shoulder) was unavailable for the second straight game after getting a cortisone shot Saturday. Manager John Gibbons said Encarnacion is expected to return Tuesday.
Marlins: RHP Dan Haren (6-2, 3.18) has won his past two starts. He's 8-3 with a 4.99 ERA in 13 career games against Toronto, including 12 starts.
Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle (7-4, 4.35) threw just 93 pitches in a six-hitter against Washington in his past start, winning his second straight outing. He went 13-13 with Miami in 2012 before being traded to Toronto.