The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GREGORY STRONG

TORONTO — Kendrys Mo­rales hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth in­ning to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-4 victory over the Cincin­nati Reds in in­ter­league base­ball ac­tion Tues­day night at Rogers Cen­tre.

It was one of four Toronto homers on the night. Josh Don­ald­son, Jose Bautista and Rus­sell Martin all went deep in the Blue Jays’ four-run fourth in­ning.

Mo­rales turned on a 1-0 pitch from Blake Wood (0-3) for his 10th home run of the sea­son. Closer Roberto Osuna worked a 1-2-3 ninth in­ning for his 10th save. Toronto (25-27) has won seven of its last eight games and im­proved to 4-1 on its 10-game home­s­tand. The Blue Jays will go for a sweep of the three-game in­ter­league se­ries on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The Reds (24-27) hit three homers of their own. Zack Cozart and Toronto na­tive Joey Votto hit back-to­back solo shots off Blue Jays south­paw J.A. Happ in the first in­ning.

Cozart’s sixth homer of the year was to straight­away cen­tre while Votto’s blast — his 13th — landed nearby in the sec­ond level of seats.

Votto showed off his de­fen­sive skills at first base in the fol­low­ing frame. He dived to his left to snare a Justin Smoak liner and stepped on the bag to dou­ble off Mo­rales.

Happ, mean­while, was helped by Troy Tu­low­itzki’s stel­lar de­fence in the third in­ning. With the bases loaded, Scott Schebler lashed a ball that the vet­eran short­stop short­hopped on his back­hand side be­fore mak­ing a strong throw to keep it a two-run game.

In the fourth, Don­ald­son launched a rocket off Reds rookie Asher Wo­j­ciechowski to be­come the ninth dif­fer­ent Blue Jay to reach the 500 level at Rogers Cen­tre. His third homer of the sea­son was a two-run shot and Bautista fol­lowed it up by crush­ing his 10th home run of the year.

Mo­rales nearly made it three straight homers but Schebler tracked down the deep fly ball at the wall in right field. Martin added his fifth home run of the sea­son later. NOTES: The Jays con­firmed Fran­cisco Liri­ano will start Fri­day against the New York Yan­kees. He has been on the DL since May 11 due to a shoul­der in­jury. Joe Bi­agini is tabbed to start Satur­day with Mar­cus Stro­man set for Sun­day.


Kendrys Mo­rales and Jose Bautista cel­e­brate af­ter Mo­rales’s two-run home run in the eighth in­ning Tues­day night.

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