Reds feel heat at the dome
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.
Troy Tulowitzki rounds the bases on his grand slam on Monday night.