It's a shame the Toronto Blue Jays are such an unbalanced team, blessed with great power and hitting, cursed with shoddy pitching. The Jays are second in the AL in home runs, with 128 (Baltimore leads - 141) and are sixth in RBI, but their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.35, better than just one team - Houston - and they are tied for the lowest number of saves in the league, at 21.
Encarnacion started the offensive explosion with a solo shot in the inning and ended it with a grand slam.
The win was Toronto's second straight over Houston, though both teams remain mired in last place in their respective divisions.
The two cellar-dwellers will play game three of their four-game set on Saturday at 1:07 pm EDT.
In the opener, rookie hurler Jennry Mejia tossed seven innings of shutout ball in his first start of the season (just what the Mets need: another quality starter), though he didn't even need to be that sharp, because Daniel Murphy socked a pair of homers to go with a couple of singles in a 4-for-5 game, scoring three times and driving in five runs.
Murphy hit a solo shot in the first, followed by a two-run belt in the third. He also singled in a run in the seventh and another in the ninth, later scoring, as the Mets piled in six runs in their final at-bat.
Murphy was 2-for-4 in the second game, extending his hitting streak to six games with four straight multiple-hit games.
The results left the Mets 10 1/2 back of Atlanta in the division, with the Phillies nine out and the second-place Nationals 8 1/2 out.
The Nationals host the Mets in game three of four on Saturday, at 3:05 pm EDT.
Today's Trivia: who won more league batting championships, Stan Musial or Ted Williams? (answer tomorrow)
Yesterday's Answer: Had George Brett not captured the 1976 AL batting championship, Rod Carew might have won it seven straight, having batted .331 to Brett's .333. He was the league top hitter from 1972 to 1975 and again in 1977 and 1978. Along with his 1969 title, he had the AL's highest average seven times.