First-place teams are not supposed to fall behind 8-0 in the second inning.

But first-place teams do respond, and the Jays responded to an inning from hell here in grand fashion Friday night.

Thanks to a pair of three-run homers from Edwin Encarnacion, plus long balls from Brett Lawrie and Juan Francisco in the seventh, the Jays clawed back all the way against the Cincinnati Reds for a 14-9 win, one of the most miraculous comebacks in team history.

Those two homers in the seventh were followed by a RBI double from Dioner Navarro in the eighth. Then in the ninth, pinch-hitter Erik Kratz lined a two-run double off 100-m.p.h.-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to take the lead.

That wasn’t all. After the Jays had worked Chapman for 33 pitches — incredible on its own — Encarnacion came up against reliever Sam LeCure and belted his second three-run homer, giving him
six RBIs on the night and upping his homer total to 23 on the season.

There was no way anyone could have scripted this comeback.

“What a ball game,” said Jays manager John Gibbons, who was rewarded for several in-game moves: a pinch-hit RBI from Adam Lind, the two-run homer from Francisco and then Kratz’s game-winner.
“These things are some kind of rare. All you are thinking about is eight runs, how do you get through with your pitching. I may never see another one like this, and you may never see another one like this.”