Morales hits tiebreaking homer, Blue Jays beat Reds 6-4

Erika Turner
May 31, 2017

So often in their early season struggles, the Toronto Blue Jays had trouble producing runs.

"It was obvious that Bo didn't have his really good stuff or command", Price said.

Fast forward to Monday night, After taking two of three from a club who has been on a tear through most of May, Toronto gets set to welcome home one of their own in hometown boy Joey Votto, 33, who will visit for three games alongside his Cincinnati Reds starting with Marcus Stroman who will go for the Blue Jays in the first of the pair against fellow right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla.

Chase Utley, Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe hit solo home runs, leading Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 for their fifth straight victory.

"We had a huge night", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. It was the first time they allowed 23 hits since May of 1985. "Their third base coach (Luis Rivera) was compassionate enough to not keep wheeling guys in to score".

"We had a huge night".

"I try to think about getting better and think about not being satisfied with how I've played in the past", said Votto, who last played an interleague series at Rogers Centre in 2009. "Those games are very rare at the big-league level. It should definitely help us".

Adam Duvall homered for the Reds (24-26) in the sixth inning and has five homers in his past five games and 14 for the season.

Happ allowed back-to-back homers in the first inning for the second time in his career.

When that happens, the Blue Jays will have all but Aaron Sanchez back in place in the five-member rotation that the club began the season with.

With two out, Russell Martin launched his fifth of the year, also to left, to make it 4-2. Travis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the third inning. He has not lost since April 18. "I know what this team is capable of". "Hope we didn't waste it all out there", he said. 'You're starting to see how talented and capable we are. I was kind of looking for it all year. He has had two appearances in relief, going 4 innings while allowing 1 earned run with three strikeouts and 1 walk. "He was behind a lot". Alternatively, there are just as many games where the vast minority of the at-bats feel consequential as the game is over soon after it begins.

Reds reliever Robert Stephenson gave up 10 hits, one walk and seven runs (six earned) in two innings.

Joe Smith (1-0) worked one inning for the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his 10th save. With the bases still loaded, Tulowitzki hit a grandslam.

After Michael Lorenzen replaced Wojciechowski and pitched three scoreless innings, Wood took over in the eighth and allowed Bautista's leadoff single and Morales' 10th homer of the season.

"I finally feel back", Beliveau said.

Tasked with the enviable task of preserving an 11-run lead over three innings, the bullpen responded capably with Dominic Leone and J.P. Howell keeping the Reds off the board down the stretch. They scored multiple runs in six of the eight innings they went to the plate. Carrera reached third on an obstruction call on a grounder to short by Kevin Pillar, who reached second.

Peraza hit an infield single to shortstop and stole second to put runners at second and third.

LHP J.A. Happ (left elbow inflammation) is scheduled to start for the first time since April 16 when he takes the mound Tuesday in the second game of the three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at the Rogers Centre.

In an agreed statement of facts presented in court on Tuesday, Ken Pagan admitted tossing a can of beer on the field as a Balimore Orioles player was about to catch a fly ball during seventh inning of the pivotal wild card game in Toronto.

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