Tu­low­itzki hits grand slam; Blue Jays crush Reds

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GREGORY STRONG

TORONTO — Troy Tu­low­itzki hit a grand slam, Justin Smoak belted a three-run shot and Rus­sell Martin had a two-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Cincin­nati Reds, 17-2, in in­ter­league base­ball ac­tion Mon­day night.

Martin gave Toronto the lead in the sec­ond in­ning with a rain­bow shot just in­side the right-field foul screen. Tu­low­itzki broke the game open by clear­ing the bases in the third and Smoak put the Blue Jays’ run to­tal into dou­ble dig­its an in­ning later.

Kendrys Mo­rales, Smoak and Martin each scored three runs as the Blue Jays (24-27) won for the sixth time in seven games.

Devon Travis and Eze­quiel Car­rera had four hits apiece and Mar­cus Stro­man worked six in­nings for his team-lead­ing sixth win of the sea­son.

The fi­nal score line could have been much worse for the Reds (24-26). The Blue Jays, who had 23 hits in all, left 13 men on base.

Toronto im­proved to 3-1 on its 10-game home­s­tand.

Cincin­nati lead­off man Billy Hamil­ton used his blind­ing speed to score the game’s open­ing run in the first in­ning. He reached on a bunt sin­gle, stole sec­ond, went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on Adam Du­vall’s sin­gle.

In the sec­ond, an in­field sin­gle and two walks by Cincin­nati starter Lisalverto Bonilla loaded the bases for Smoak. He lashed a ball down the first-base line that Toronto na­tive Joey Votto snared to pre­vent ex­tra bases but Don­ald­son still came home on the play.

Martin fol­lowed with a walk to end Bonilla’s night and set the stage for Tu­low­itzki, who turned on an 0-1 pitch from Robert Stephen­son for his fourth ca­reer grand slam and sec­ond homer of the year.

In the fourth, Jose Bautista reached on a dou­ble and Mo­rales walked ahead of Smoak’s 12th homer of the sea­son.

The Blue Jays tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Tu­low­itzki came to the plate with the bases loaded again but grounded into a force­out to end the in­ning.

Du­vall hit a solo shot in the sixth in­ning for Cincin­nati. The two-out blast was his 14th home run of the sea­son. The Blue Jays kept the of­fence rolling late in the game. Martin drove in Mo­rales with a dou­ble in the sev­enth and Travis added an RBI sin­gle. Toronto tacked on two more runs in the eighth in­ning.

Stro­man (6-2) al­lowed five hits and two earned runs while strik­ing out five. Bonilla (0-3) is­sued five walks and al­lowed three hits and six earned runs over 2 1/3 in­nings.

An­nounced at­ten­dance at Rogers Cen­tre was 29,844. NOTES: Martin now has four homers on the sea­son . ... Toronto left-han­der J.A. Happ (0-3, 4.50 earned-run av­er­age) is sched­uled to make his re­turn Tues­day night af­ter a stint on the dis­abled list (el­bow). The Reds will counter with right-han­der Asher Wo­j­ciechowski . ... Travis ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 13 games with a sin­gle in the third in­ning . ... Votto was pre­sented with the Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award ear­lier.

FRANK GUNN, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Cincin­nati Reds reliever Robert Stephen­son re­turns to the mound af­ter giv­ing up a grand slam to Jays’ Troy Tu­low­itzki in the third in­ning of in­ter­league base­ball ac­tion Mon­day in Toronto. The Blue Jays had 23 hits and three home runs in the con­test.

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