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"That's really what we're all about," Toronto skipper John Gibbons said. "We desperately needed that break out. You look at how the game finished up, those runs really came in handy."
It's the third time this postseason that the Blue Jays have had four players post multihit games. Toronto also did so during both Game 2 of the ALCS and Game 4 of the ALDS vs. Texas. No other team in the postseason has more than one such game.
Tulowitzki and Donaldson each homered in the third inning, and Goins added a solo shot of his own in the fifth as the Toronto offense pounded out 11 runs and 11 hits in the franchise's highest scoring postseason game since its 15-14 victory over Philadelphia in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series.
Encarnacion, who had a pair of singles on Monday, now has five multihit games this postseason -- including all three of the aforementioned contests. The franchise record for multihit games in a single postseason is seven, held by Devon White -- who, coincidentally, was on hand Monday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Blue Jays all-around offensive display proved pivotal, as they held off a late charge by the Royals in Game 3. They can pull even with Kansas City at two games apiece this afternoon (3 p.m. ET air time on FOX Sports 1, Sportsnet; 4 p.m. game time).
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.