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Votto hits tiebreaking HR in 8th, Reds beat Blue Jays 3-2

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TORONTO — Joey Votto hit a homer on a tiebreaker in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Sunday, avoiding a draw in three games.

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Votto, from suburban Toronto, hit deep for the fourth time in 12 career games at Rogers Center.

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Single solo drive to right field Yimi Garcia The (0–3) marked Votto’s first home run of the season and his third off-base hit in three games since he was activated off the injured list following a fight with COVID-19.

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“Of course it’s great to be back here,” Votto said. “Playing in this city means a lot to me, but I’m so obsessed with performing well that whether it’s here or elsewhere, I’m determined to make sure I perform well.”

Reds manager David Bell said he was “very happy” to see Votto rising north of the border.

“Being by his side every day, I know how important it is for him to do good deeds here in his hometown, but also how important it is for him to be a great player, to contribute and help us win matches. Bell said.

The win by a margin was the second of the season for the Reds. Cincinnati won nine of 15 after starting 3-22.

Toronto failed to complete the draw after winning the first two games of the series for the fourth time this season and the second time at home. The Blue Jays lost the series finale last Wednesday to Seattle after winning on Monday and Tuesday.

Toronto is 22-19 but scored 147 points, ahead of only Baltimore in last place (140) in East Alabama.

“On the positive side, we were winning matches and our offense was not where it should have been,” said manager Charlie Montoyo.

Alexis Diaz (2-0) played two 0 innings and Art Warren finished his second save out of four chances.

Makes major league debut instead of right-handed Connor Overton (back) Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Ashcraft’s first serve was his toughest of the day: hitting at 99.7 mph George Springer.

“It definitely gave me a bit of ‘OK, you’re good, just do your thing,'” Ashcraft said. “Of course it helped a lot.”

Blue Jays lefty Yusei Kikuchi three of the first four batters he faced were gone, and five of the first seven Reds made it safely to the start of the game, with Cincinnati taking a 2-0 lead after Aristides Aquino’s double-double. Kikuchi avoided his loaded second inning base by hitting out Taylor Motter.

Toronto answered in the second when Santiago Spinal made an initial double and scored on Matt Chapmansingle, then equalized by scoring a miss in the third. George Springer was hit by a pitch to start the pitch, went second on a wild pitch from Ashcraft and scored on Beau Bichetteground RBI.


Votto is 11 of 44 with four doubles, four homers and nine RBIs in 12 games in Toronto.


Blue Jays Runner Winnie Capra was eliminated in second place, Springer finished sixth, and Cincinnati Tyler Stevenson was selected first after his two-out single put a runner into scoring position in seventh.


Springer rushed to right center field to catch Kyle FarmerDeep drive in the sixth.


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


Reds: Cincinnati didn’t name a starter for Monday’s home game, which opens a four-game streak against the Cubs. RHP Markus Stroman (1-4, 4.88) starts in Chicago.

Blue Jays: RHP Jose Berrios (3-2, 4.83) will start in St. Louis on Monday night when Toronto kicks off the two-game series. RHP Miles Mykolas (3-2, 1.68) goes behind the Cardinals.


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