Reds feel heat at the dome

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Credit Cincin­nati Reds man­ager Bryan Price for hav­ing a sense of hu­mour af­ter his team was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a 17-2 past­ing from the Toronto Blue Jays.

“It could have been worse,” Price said. “Their third-base coach was com­pas­sion­ate enough to not keep wheel­ing guys in to score.”

Toronto scored early and of­ten in the opener of the three­game in­ter-league se­ries Mon­day night at Rogers Cen­tre. Rus­sell Martin hit a two-run homer in the sec­ond in­ning off starter Lasalverto Bonilla, Troy Tu­low­itzki belted a grand slam in the third and Justin Smoak tacked on a three-run shot in the fourth.

When it was all over, the Blue Jays (24-27) nearly dou­bled their sea­son high for runs scored and fin­ished with 23 hits, good for the third-most in fran­chise his­tory.

Devon Travis and Eze­quiel Car­rera had four hits apiece and Kendrys Mo­rales scored four runs as Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games.

“Those games are very rare at the big-league level,” said Blue Jays man­ager John Gib­bons. “So en­joy it when you get them.”

The Reds opened the scor­ing with a run in the first in­ning and Adam Du­vall hit a solo shot in the sixth in­ning off Blue Jays starter Mar­cus Stro­man, who picked up his team-lead­ing sixth win of the year.

But this game was es­sen­tially over by the mid­way point.

Tu­low­itzki’s sec­ond homer of the sea­son — and fourth grand slam of his ca­reer — put a charge in the Rogers Cen­tre crowd of 29,844. Smoak turned it into a laugher with his 12th homer of the cam­paign.

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Troy Tu­low­itzki rounds the bases on his grand slam on Mon­day night.

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