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two three-run homers Friday night, and the
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Edwin Encarnacion hit two three-run homers Friday night, and the Toronto Blue Jays pulled off the second-biggest comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early eight-run deficit to a 14-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Toronto hit four homers during its comeback, including the two by the major leagues home run leader. Encarnacion started the comeback by connecting in the third inning off Mat Latos and finished it with his 23rd homer off Sam LeCure during a five-run ninth inning. Brett Lawrie and Juan Francisco also homered for Toronto, which piled up 16 hits and nine walks. The eight-run deficit was the second-biggest overcome in franchise history. Toronto overcame a 10-run deficit to beat Boston 13-11 in 12 innings in 1989. With the score tied at 9, Aroldis Chapman (0-2) came on to pitch the ninth and walked leadoff hitter Colby Rasmus. Erik Kratz doubled off the wall in left field to break the tie, then came around on Melky Cabreras single. Chapman was replaced after getting only two outs, and Encarnacion completed the big comeback and his sixth multihomer game of the season. Dustin McGowan (4-2) pitched a perfect eighth. Casey Janssen retired the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. The comeback boosted the Blue Jays out of a recent funk. They were swept for the first time this season at Yankee Stadium and had dropped nine of their last 12. The Reds pitching meltdown wasted a chance to get back to .500 for the fourth time this season. Cincinnati has yet to have a winning record. It was the first time the Reds blew an eight-run lead and lost since May 20, 2010, at Atlanta, a 10-9 defeat. The Reds gave up a season-high nine walks and 15 hits. The Blue Jays called up Liam Hendriks to start in place of R.A. Dickey, getting two extra days to rest a sore groin. The Reds knocked him out in the second inning while sending 11 batters to the plate for an 8-0 lead, their biggest inning of the season. Devin Mesoraco started the rally with a two-run homer and Jay Bruce finished it with a two-run shot. Bruce also singled as the Reds piled up seven hits and a walk. Latos made his second start since returning from the disabled list and wasnt sharp. He gave up nine hits, three walks and Encarnacions three-run homer during 5 2-3 innings. Reliever Jumbo Diaz made his major league debut in the seventh and gave up Lawries solo homer and Franciscos two-run shot, cutting it to 9-8. Toronto then tied it in the eighth on Dioner Navarros double off Jonathan Broxton. NOTES: LHP J.A. Happ (6-3) faces RHP Mike Leake (4-6) on Saturday. Leake lost his only other career start against the Blue Jays in 2011. ... The Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo to open a spot for Hendriks. ... Encarnacion has 21 homers during 42 games since May 6, the most in the majors over that span. ... Hendriks fell to 3-14 in 31 career starts and two relief appearances. ... The Reds optioned LHP Tony Cingrani to Triple-A Louisville and called up Diaz. They also moved LHP Sean Marshall to the 60-day DL. Marshall will have shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Custom Boston Celtics Jerseys . The 12th-ranked Haas served well throughout the match at the Ibirapuera arena, allowing only one break point to the 152nd-ranked Italian. Both players held serve until the first-set tiebreak, when Haas stepped up his game to easily clinch the set. Robert Parish Jersey . CNN and Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Tancredi Palmeri broke the news via Twitter Tuesday afternoon. 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"Were back in business," Ken King, president of Calgary Flames and Entertainment Corporation, declared Thursday. About 2,500 seats have been replaced and a new ice plant was installed. Ice is back on the arena surface and the glass along the boards has been erected, albeit still swathed in packing paper. The work isnt finished. The event level was full of ladders and crews, but the arena received its occupancy permit last Friday, according to King. "Every piece of equipment below decks here is brand new," he said. "Every piece of cutlery. We havent turned a stove on. We havent cooked a hamburger or made a piece of toast, but everything is in place to go. Well have a trial run pretty quick." NHL main camps open Sept. 11. The Flames will hold training camp in a different arena, but King expects their first exhibition game Sept. 14 to be played at the Saddledome. The event level is the lowest floor in the building and the nerve centre for cconcerts and hockey games.dddddddddddd Kitchens, hockey jerseys and equipment, staff uniforms and the electronics that operate the massive scoreboard are just a few examples of what the 30-year-old Saddledome lost in the floods that swept through southern Alberta. The arena is an important concert venue for the annual Calgary Stampede. KISS, the Dixie Chicks and Tim McGraw were forced to reschedule and the Carly Rae Jepson concert was cancelled. But King calls the Saddledomes restoration "miraculous." "Seventy-five days ago we would have been standing under nine feet of water," Robert Blanchard, director of building operations for the Saddledome, said from the event level. "In that time, its probably been about 650,000 man hours put into the building to get it back to where it is. Thats about a six-month project we compressed into two months." There was no time for fancy upgrades and contractors had to work quickly without blueprints, Blanchard said. "Were doing all this reconstruction based on photos and peoples memories because our drawing room was down on this level and all the drawings are probably floating around Medicine Hat right now," he said. King did not put a price tag on the arenas recovery. "We havent talked about that much," he said. "Its a big number in terms of business interruption and property loss." ' ' '
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