TROY AND JAYS BEAT REDS AGAIN.
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.