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Toronto at Cincinnati

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Toronto (35-35) «000000300360
Cincinnati (37-34)000001100270

Jays 3, Reds 2

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CINCINNATI -- Adam Lind still has to be careful with his back. Nothing wrong with his swing.

Lind homered for the fourth straight game on Friday night, hitting a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that featured bothersome birds and a misplayed flyball.

Lind's homer off Mike Leake (6-3) marked the 11th time in Blue Jays history that a player homered in four straight. He's gone on a tear since missing nearly a month on the disabled list with a sore back, one that's still a little sore in the morning sometimes.

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"When you have that kind of a swing and you're swinging at strikes, as he's doing -- that pure of a swing and that kind of power can produce what you're seeing," manager John Farrell said. "What Adam's doing is tremendous."

Lind wasn't happy with his meek swings in April, and started pulling the ball more. A stiff back sent him to the disabled list on May 8, but it was mostly healed when he returned on June 3. He went right back to driving the ball as hard as he could.

Since coming off the DL, he's batting .413 with eight homers and 17 RBI.

"I quit trying to feel my way out there," he said. "I wasn't swinging with a lot of authority out there."

Jo-Jo Reyes (3-5) gave up a pair of solo homers, including Drew Stubbs' inside-the-park dash off a misplayed fly. Frank Francisco gave up a single in the ninth before finishing for his seventh save in 10 chances.

Reyes has won three of his past four starts, an encouraging sign for a pitcher who went 28 starts between wins, matching the longest such slump in major-league history. Toronto got the left-hander from Atlanta in a trade.

"We have a great group of guys," Reyes said. "They've welcomed me from spring training. I've taken off from there. I feel wanted here. It's been awesome."

The Jays weren't the only birds on the field. Three pigeons roamed the infield together most of the game. At one point, Leake left the mound and tried to shoo them away, but they didn't go far.

Toronto's first visit since 2003 -- the inaugural season at Great American Ball Park -- became a spotlight for the Blue Jays' hottest hitter.

Jose Bautista's RBI double tied it 1-all in the seventh. Lind hit the next pitch over the wall in center, his sixth homer in his past 10 games. The last Blue Jay to homer in four straight was Edwin Encarnacion Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

"I've never been one of those guys who equate a quality start with a good outing," Leake said. "I threw two bad pitches. Other than that, I thought I threw a good game."

Otherwise, Leake got the Blue Jays to hit the ball into the ground and let one of the NL's top defenses make the plays. The best: Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips went behind second base to get J.P. Arencibia's grounder and threw him out from the grass in shallow center field as he fell down.

Phillips also threw John McDonald out at the plate when he tried to score from third base on a ground ball, keeping Toronto's lead at 3-2.

Toronto's defense was lacking in the sixth.

Stubbs hit a high flyball to the warning track. Bautista drifted over from right, waved his arm and called for it, and center fielder Corey Patterson headed for the ball, too. Both pulled up at the last instant, letting the ball drop safely.

Stubbs slowed while he rounded first base, expecting the ball to be caught. He rounded the bases standing up after shortstop Yunel Escobar failed to come up with the relay throw cleanly.

Scott Rolen also hit a solo homer, his first since April 7, off Reyes in the seventh. The left-hander gave up six hits and a pair of runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • Toronto is 2-2 in interleague play this season. Cincinnati fell to 0-4.
  • The Blue Jays started a 10-game, four-city trip that concludes with a makeup game in Detroit. Their game on May 17 was rained out.
  • Stubbs' inside-the-park homer was the first by a Reds player at Great American.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto, a Toronto native, will receive the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete in 2010 before Saturday's game.
  • Stubbs also fanned three times. He leads the majors with 95 strikeouts.
 
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Adam Lind connects in the seventh to become the first Blue Jay to homer in four straight since Edwin Encarnacion.  (AP)
Adam Lind connects in the seventh to become the first Blue Jay to homer in four straight since Edwin Encarnacion. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

J. Reyes
IP 6.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 5
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS4000002 .282
Corey Patterson, CF-LF3100010 .275
Jose Bautista, RF4121011 .335
Adam Lind, 1B4112000 .339
Juan Rivera, LF4000010 .248
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
J.P. Arencibia, C4000010 .227
Aaron Hill, 2B3010000 .250
Jayson Nix, 3B3000001 .181
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
    Rajai Davis, CF0000000 .245
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2010000 .500
    John McDonald, 3B1010000 .198
Totals3236304  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (10, Leake), John McDonald (4, Ondrusek)
HR - Adam Lind (15, Leake)
RBI - Jose Bautista (45), Adam Lind 2 (44)
SB - Corey Patterson (11, 2nd base off Leake/Hanigan)
CS - Jose Bautista (3, 2nd base by Leake/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 3
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jo-Jo Reyes (W,3-5) 6.1622052 4.18
Octavio Dotel (H,3) 1.1000020 4.82
Marc Rzepczynski (H,8) 0.1000000 3.54
Frank Francisco (S,7) 1100020 4.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 92-64, Octavio Dotel 16-11, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1, Frank Francisco 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 8-6, Octavio Dotel 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 25, Octavio Dotel 4, Marc Rzepczynski 1, Frank Francisco 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4111030 .268
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010010 .280
Joey Votto, 1B4000001 .325
Jay Bruce, RF4000031 .278
Scott Rolen, 3B4111010 .251
Jonny Gomes, LF3020000 .217
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1010000 .263
Ryan Hanigan, C4010002 .267
Paul Janish, SS3000003 .224
Mike Leake, P2000010 .259
   b- Chris Heisey, PH-LF1000002 .270
Totals3427209  
a-singled for Masset in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Leake in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (14, Reyes)
HR - Drew Stubbs (10, Reyes), Scott Rolen (3, Reyes)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (31), Scott Rolen (27)
Team LOB - 5
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake (L,6-3) 7533031 4.04
Logan Ondrusek 1100000 1.77
Nick Masset 1000010 3.68
HBP - Patterson (by Mike Leake)
WP - Logan Ondrusek (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 88-57, Logan Ondrusek 10-5, Nick Masset 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 14-3, Logan Ondrusek 2-1, Nick Masset 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 26, Logan Ondrusek 4, Nick Masset 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32026
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor