Tulowitkzi, Martin power Blue Jays in 17-1 rout of Indians
TORONTO (AP) Troy Tulowitzki has been swinging a hot bat since his return from the disabled list.
On Tulowitzki bobblehead day in Toronto, the rest of the Blue Jays pounded the ball, too.
Tulowitzki had three hits, including a three-run homer, Russell Martin homered and drove in five runs and the Blue Jays routed the Cleveland Indians 17-1 Sunday.
Since returning June 19 after missing 20 games with a sore right quadriceps, Tulowitzki is batting 17-for-49 (.347) with six home runs and 12 RBIs.
''I'm just trying to be myself,'' Tulowitzki said. ''I think this is really who I am. I don't think some Blue Jays fans have had a chance to see what I'm capable of doing.''
Toronto scored its most runs since beating Tampa Bay 17-11 on Aug. 7, 2010, and the Blue Jays matched their season high with 18 hits.
''We did a lot of good things today,'' manager John Gibbons said.
Cleveland lost its second straight following a franchise-record 14-game winning streak. Catcher Chris Gimenez pitched two innings for the Indians, becoming the third position player to take the mound this series. Toronto used infielders Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney in Friday's 19-inning loss.
Josh Donaldson had four hits and scored four times for the Blue Jays, whose eight-run sixth was their highest-scoring inning this season. Edwin Encarnacion had four RBIs, raising his major league-leading total to 77.
''The boys came out swinging today,'' left-hander J.A. Happ said. ''That was great.''
Happ (11-3) won his fifth straight start, striking out a season-high 11 while allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.
''It seems like he has another gear on that fastball,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of Happ. ''The ball has such good finish through the plate.''
Toronto has won 12 of its last 18 home games.
Corey Kluber (8-8) gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings, his second-shortest outing this season.
''All day it was just a fight for him,'' Francona said.
With 45,962 on hand, Tulowitzki singled in the first and third innings, hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and homered off Tom Gorzelanny in the sixth. The homer was his second in two games.
Tulowitzki had a chance for a second three-run shot in the 13-batter inning but fouled out against Tommy Hunter.
Gorzelanny had not allowed a run in six previous appearances this season, but saw his ERA rise to 21.00 after allowing seven runs in one-third of an inning.
Gimenez worked a 1-2-3 seventh, the second scoreless inning of his career. He also pitched for Texas against the Angels on July 10, 2014.
Things didn't go so well for Gimenez in the eighth, when Donaldson and Encarnacion hit back-to-back doubles, Martin hit an RBI single and Justin Smoak a two-run homer.
''Unfortunately my career ERA of zero skyrocketed a little bit today,'' Gimenez joked.
Martin hit a three-run drive in the first, walked and scored in the fifth and hit RBI singles in the sixth and eighth.
Encarnacion was suspended one game for making contact with umpire Vic Carapazza during an argument Friday. Encarnacion, who leads baseball with 73 RBIs, is eligible to play while he appeals the penalty. Encarnacion was ejected for arguing with Carapazza after being called out on strikes to end the first.
Cleveland optioned LHP Shawn Morimando to Triple-A Columbus and moved outfielder Michael Brantley (right shoulder) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
Indians: 3B Juan Uribe (right hand) was scratched from the lineup. Uribe left Saturday's 9-6 loss after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Jose Ramirez moved from second to third and Jason Kipnis started at second.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore lower back Sunday. Estrada, who left Saturday's game after five innings, may skip his final turn before the All-Star break.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (10-3) is to start the opener of a three-game series against Detroit on Monday night. Salazar boasts the lowest ERA in the AL and the fourth-lowest in the majors. LHP Daniel Norris (1-0) starts for the Tigers.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (8-1) starts the opener of the three-game series against Kansas City Monday night, a rematch of last year's AL Championship Series. RHP Edinson Volquez (7-7) starts for the Royals, who beat Toronto is six games last October.