Votto achieves tie-breaking HR in 8th place, Reds beat Blue Jays 3-2.


TORONTO (AP) — Joey Votto hit an equalizing home run in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Sunday.

The one-point win was the Reds’ second win of the season. Cincinnati have won 9 of their 15 games after starting with 3 wins and 22 losses.

Toronto failed to complete a sweep after winning the first two games of the series for the fourth time this season and for the second time at homestand. The Blue Jays dropped the series finale to Seattle last Wednesday after winning Monday and Tuesday.

The Toronto suburban Votto scored the deepest goal in 12 career games at the Rogers Centre.

Yimi Garcia (0-3)’s one-out solo drive to the right was Votto’s first home run of the season and his third extra-long hit in three games after being removed from the disabled list after a bout with COVID-19. .

Alexis Diaz (2-0) ran two innings clean and Art Warren completed the second save from four chances.

Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft, who made his major league debut for right-handed Connor Overton (back), allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He took 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Ashcraft’s first pitch was his toughest, hitting George Springer at 99.7 mph.

Blue Jays southpaw Yusei Kikuchi walked three of the first four batters faced, five of the first seven Reds arrived safely to start the game, and Cincinnati led Aristides Aquino’s double double to 2-0. I did. Kikuchi escaped the inning’s second base jam by striking out Taylor Motter.

Toronto scored on Matt Chapman’s hit in the second inning when Santiago Espinal hit a leadoff double and tied the game without a hit in the third inning. George Springer was hit to start the inning and went to second base on Ashcraft’s rough pitching and scored with Bo Bichette’s RBI strikeout.

running game

Blue Jays pinch runner Vinny Capra was sent off at second base for Springer batting average to finish the 6th, while Cincinnati’s Tyler Stephenson took the lead in the 7th after the runner moved the runner into a scoring position with a two-out single. .

great grab

Springer ran into right field to catch Kyle Farmer’s deep drive in the sixth inning.

trainer’s room

Reds: LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) will make his fourth rehab start at Triple-A Louisville before rejoining the Reds. Miners allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings as they lost to Nashville on Friday.

to the next

Reds: Cincinnati did not pick a starting pitcher for Monday’s home game, the opening game of a four-game series against the Cubs. RHP Marcus Stroman (1-4, 4.88) departs for Chicago.

Blue Jays: RHP José Berríos (3-2, 4.83) starts in St. Louis on Monday night as Toronto begins their two-game series. RHP Miles Mikolas (3-2, 1.68) enters the Cardinals.

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