Mike Bolsinger got the start for Toronto, but he did not factor into the decision. He allowed three runs over the first two innings, but he eventually settled in and found a groove. At one point he retired nine consecutive batters, and he was lifted with two men on in the sixth inning. Bolsinger allowed the three runs on four hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings in what is expected to be his final start for the team with Francisco Liriano set to return from the disabled list on Friday.
Reds starter Tim Adleman also did not factor into the decision. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings. The loss went to lefty reliever Wandy Peralta, who surrendered the two-run homer to Travis. Cincinnati was swept for the second time this month after previously dropping a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
One of the bright spots for the Reds was once again first baseman Joey Votto. In his return to Toronto, the hometown star hit a first-inning homer for the second consecutive game. This time it was a two-run shot that gave Cincinnati an early lead that proved to be short lived. No. 9 hitter Jose Peraza had a two-hit game, and Scott Schebler added his 16th home run of the season with a solo shot in the ninth.
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Picking up a teammate: Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna appeared to have closed out the game when he induced a tailor-made double-play ball with one on and one out in the ninth inning. The problem was shortstop Ryan Goins allowed the ball to roll under his glove, which put runners on the corners. The situation didn’t look good for Toronto, but Osuna then struck out Billy Hamilton on four pitches and Zack Cozart on six as the 22-year-old picked up his 11th save of the year.
Travis’ time: Travis broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run homer over the wall in left field. According to Statcast™, Travis’ two-run shot was projected to travel 352 feet and left his bat at 101 mph. The home run not only helped secure another Blue Jays win, but it capped an impressive month at the plate for Travis. After a slow start to the year, Toronto’s second baseman rebounded in a big way this month by hitting four homers and a Major League-best 16 doubles. He started the month hitting .130 and is now batting .261.
Nick Patch is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Reds on Wednesday.
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