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Toronto at Cincinnati

W: B. Morrow (3-4) L: E. Volquez (4-3)
HR: TOR - J. Molina (2)   CIN - None

Blue Jays 4, Reds 0

CBSSports.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Morrow threw everything he had at the NL's most prolific lineup, one that was geared up to hit the hard stuff. Good idea.

Morrow bounced back from one of his worst starts on Saturday night by using every type of pitch he can throw, and Jose Molina doubled and homered, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 victory that kept the Cincinnati Reds winless in interleague play.

Morrow (3-4) gave up five hits in 6 2/3 innings, two of them by Jay Bruce. He threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 26 batters he faced, using his slower curve and changeup to complement the hard fastball and slider that are usually his best pitches.

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"I got ahead with the curveball or the changeup," Morrow said. "It wasn't necessarily great results, but I put it in their heads that I've got those, too."

He made a handful of runs stand up.

"When we scored, he went out and continued to put up zeros," manager John Farrell said. "That's a huge momentum keeper."

Jose Bautista also had a pair of hits, including an RBI single off Edinson Volquez (5-7), who lost for the first time since he returned from a fine-tuning stint in the minors.

Cincinnati fell to 0-5 against the American League this season. The Reds were swept in Cleveland last month.

"It's like we take two steps forward and one back," manager Dusty Baker said. "Now we've got to start moving forward tomorrow. The thing is, we've got to figure out these American League teams."

The Blue Jays got their second combined shutout of the season -- they also blanked Minnesota 2-0 on May 13. The Reds were shut out for the third time.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto -- a Toronto native -- received the Lou Marsh Trophy on the field before the game, honoring him as Canada's top athlete in 2010.

Votto won the National League's MVP last season and led the Reds to their first division title and playoff appearance in 15 years. He grew up a fan of the Blue Jays, but is having a tough time against them, going 0 for 8 while getting the ball out of the infield only once.

It's the first time Votto has failed to reach base in back-to-back games since August 2009.

He's not the only part of the NL's most prolific offense struggling against Blue Jays pitchers. Cincinnati has scored two runs in the series, both on homers.

Morrow wanted to rebound from his dreadful start a week earlier, when he allowed a career-high nine runs in only 4 1/3 innings of a 16-4 loss to Boston. Morrow left with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jason Frasor got pinch-hitter Edgar Renteria to fly out.

The Blue Jays got a run in the third, but could have had more.

Yunel Escobar doubled to start the third. Corey Patterson pulled a drag bunt toward first, and Volquez fielded and threw wildly to first for an error that let Escobar round the bases. The ball bounced over the rolled-up tarp down the line, briefly disappeared behind it, then rolled out the far end.

Patterson thought the ball was dead, slowed on his way to third base and was tagged out. Farrell came onto the field to question the decision, which was upheld after a brief conference by the umpires.

Molina homered off the facing of the upper deck in left field to open the fourth. Rajai Davis then tripled and scored on Jayson Nix's sacrifice fly. Bautista singled home a run in the fifth that made it 4-0, getting a ground ball through Cincinnati's pronounced infield shift -- three fielders between second and third.


Country music singer Marlee Scott, a native of Alberta, Canada, sang both national anthems. ... The three pigeons that spent most of Friday night's game walking around the infield didn't return for the second game of the series ... Toronto is 3-2 in interleague play. ... Molina is 3 for 6 career off Volquez with a pair of homers. ... Bruce snapped an 0-for-17 slump that matched the longest of his career. ... Baker said RHP Homer Bailey, on the DL with a strained pitching shoulder, is expected to make at least one more rehab start. He's 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in two starts.

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Players of the Game

B. Morrow
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 6

J. Molina
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Yunel Escobar, SS5110030 .281
Corey Patterson, LF4110010 .275
Jose Bautista, RF4021010 .338
Adam Lind, 1B3010111 .339
Aaron Hill, 2B4000014 .245
Jose Molina, C3121100 .304
Rajai Davis, CF4110014 .245
Jayson Nix, 3B2001110 .178
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Brandon Morrow, P3000013 .000
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
    John McDonald, 3B1000000 .196
2B - Yunel Escobar (8, Volquez), Corey Patterson (14, Volquez), Jose Molina (6, Volquez)
3B - Rajai Davis (5, Volquez)
HR - Jose Molina (2, Volquez)
SF - Jayson Nix (1)
SH - Corey Patterson (6)
RBI - Jose Bautista (46), Jose Molina (7), Jayson Nix (16)
SB - Aaron Hill (9, 2nd base off Volquez/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Molina-Escobar
Toronto Blue Jays
Brandon Morrow (W,3-4) 6.2500160 5.02
Jason Frasor (H,6) 0.1000000 2.83
Jon Rauch 2200010 4.20
HBP - Heisey (by Brandon Morrow)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 101-66, Jason Frasor 2-2, Jon Rauch 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 9-4, Jon Rauch 2-3
Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 26, Jason Frasor 1, Jon Rauch 8
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF4000011 .265
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010001 .280
Joey Votto, 1B4000021 .320
Jay Bruce, RF4020010 .281
Scott Rolen, 3B4020002 .257
Chris Heisey, LF3010002 .271
Ramon Hernandez, C4000025 .302
Paul Janish, SS2010000 .227
   a- Fred Lewis, PH0000100 .263
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
   b- Jonny Gomes, PH1000012 .216
Edinson Volquez, P0000000 .105
   c- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .272
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
   d- Edgar Renteria, PH-SS1000003 .229
a-walked for Janish in the 7th
b-struck out for Fisher in the 9th
c-grounded out for Volquez in the 5th
d-flied out for Arredondo in the 7th
SH - Edinson Volquez (5)
CS - Brandon Phillips (3, 2nd base by Morrow/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Edinson Volquez (2, Throwing), Joey Votto (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez (L,4-3) 5744281 5.61
Jose Arredondo 2100120 3.45
Carlos Fisher 2000000 3.94
IBB - Nix by Edinson Volquez
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 88-55, Jose Arredondo 31-19, Carlos Fisher 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 7-1, Jose Arredondo 3-0, Carlos Fisher 2-4
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 25, Jose Arredondo 7, Carlos Fisher 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31688
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Jerry Meals