Dan Haren doubled twice, drove in three runs and pitched eight strong innings, offsetting Edwin Encarnacion’s three home runs for Toronto, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Blue Jays 8-6 on Friday night.
The Diamondbacks won their third game in a row for the first time this season. After dropping seven in a row, Arizona has won five of seven and scored 29 runs scored in the last three games.
Haren (5-3) allowed four runs on nine hits and two of Encarnacion’s homers. The All-Star right-hander struck out eight and upped his batting average to .414 (12 for 29) this season.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (3-4) was chased after four innings and gave up six runs on eight hits.
Encarnacion hit half of the Blue Jays’ season-high six homers, and Fred Lewis led off the game with a home run for Toronto, which leads the majors in that category.
Haren got some help from his defence in addition to helping his own cause at the plate.
Left-fielder Conor Jackson made a diving catch to end the top of the fourth inning, saving at least one run as the Blue Jays had runners on first and second.
Haren hit one of four doubles in the bottom of the inning for Arizona, as the Diamondbacks scored four runs. Justin Upton, Adam LaRoche and Mark Reynolds also doubled in the inning.
Upton had three hits and scored two runs and LaRoche drilled a two-run home run, his third homer in as many nights. Young homered in the seventh.
Jose Bautista and Adam Lind also went deep for the Blue Jays.