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Edwin Encarnacion Hits Blue Jays' 1st Walk-off Home Run Since May 2012
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The Toronto Blue Jays haven't had a walk-off home run since 2012, but that drought ended when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion took a hanging slider over the left-field wall in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, per ESPN.com (via Elias Sports Bureau).

The streak had been the second-longest drought in the majors, as Encarnacion's long ball was the first walk-off homer for the Blue Jays since third baseman Brett Lawrie hit one against the Texas Rangers on May 1, 2012.

The St. Louis Cardinals now own the longest streak without a walk-off home run, as they haven't had one since June 19, 2011, when Skip Schumaker came through against the Kansas City Royals.

The Blue Jays are known for their long-ball prowess, so the lack of a walk-off homer may come as a bit of a surprise. Toronto had knocked 463 balls out of the park since their last walk-off, and only the Baltimore Orioles (497) hit more homers over that span. The Jays have the most long balls in all of baseball in 2014, with 113 since the beginning of the season. Baltimore ranks second, sitting eight behind the Jays with 105.

Wednesday's game-winner puts another clip on the highlight reel of Encarnacion's magical first half of the 2014 campaign. The line shot was the 31-year-old's 26th homer of the year, tying him with Nelson Cruz and Jose Abreu for the MLB lead. It also gave Encarnacion RBI Nos. 67-69, putting him one ahead of Cruz for sole possession of the major league lead entering Thursday's action.

Encarnacion is just 10 home runs away from matching his total from last season and is nearly on pace to reach 50 for the first time in his career. 

 

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