Blue Jays Beat Rockies 8-3, Oswalt to Start Today

TORONTO (AP) – Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis added back-to-back shots and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Tuesday night.

Toronto has its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in late 2008.

Esmil Rogers (3-2) worked 6 2-3 innings to beat his former team and win his second straight start.

Rogers didn’t allow a hit until Jonathan Herrera singled with one out in the sixth. He left to a standing ovation after allowing two earned runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Right-hander Roy Oswalt will make his first start of the season for the Colorado Rockies today at Washington.

Manager Walt Weiss confirmed the move Tuesday. He said he does not expect to use a six-man rotation.

The 35-year-old Oswalt hasn’t pitched in the majors since Oct. 2, when he was with the Texas Rangers. He’s also played for Houston and Philadelphia.

A three time All-Star, Oswalt has a career record of 163-96, including a 4-0 mark and 2.25 ERA in five starts at Coors Field. He signed a minor league deal with Colorado on May 2 and made five starts at Double-A Tulsa.

The Rockies, who have lost four of six, entered play Tuesday a half-game behind first-place Arizona in the NL West.