Reds blow 8-0 lead, lose 14-9 to Blue Jays - Tucson News Now

Reds blow 8-0 lead, lose 14-9 to Blue Jays

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By Brett Bibbins

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -- The Cincinnati Reds (35-37) and the Toronto Blue Jays (42-33) combined for 23 runs and 26 hits, as the Jays knocked off the Reds 14-9 Friday night.

The Reds got off to a hot start in this one, jumping out to a 8-0 lead after 8 runs in the second inning, the most Cincinnati has scored in a single inning all season. However, the Reds could only add one more run through the next seven innings.  

After the end of two, the Blue Jays took over the scoring, battling back to tie the game at 9 runs a piece in the top of the eighth inning and eventually taking a 14-9 lead on a five-run ninth inning, behind the strength of multiple former Reds players.  

"After that second inning, we did a lot of things wrong and they did a lot of things right," Reds' manager Brian Price said.  

Blue Jays' starter Liam Hendriks only lasted 1 2/3 innings before being sent to the showers, after giving up six hits and six runs. Meanwhile, Reds' starter Mat Latos didn't pitch great either, going 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks in his second start of the year.  

"It's just what happens to pitchers. It's why they don't throw shutouts every game. Sometimes they get the feel and sometimes they don't," Price said.  

Cincinnati's offense was bolstered by catcher Devin Mesoraco's two for four, two RBI night, including home run No. 11 on the year, as well as a double.  

Jay Bruce knocked in two RBI with his sixth home run of the year.  Brandon Phillips was the third Red to have two RBI tonight, as he singled home two runs in the big eight-run second inning.  Billy Hamilton stretched his hitting streak to nine games as he had an RBI double in the second inning.  

For Toronto, three former Cincinnati Reds got the job done offensively.

Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, scored three runs and knocked in six RBI, catcher Dioner Navarro went two for five with an RBI double, and pinch-hitter Juan Francisco hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

All in all, former Reds' players combined for five hits, including a double and three home runs, and nine RBI.  

Dustin McGowan picked up the win for the Blue Jays, as he pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Aroldis Chapman will be handed the loss as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks in the top of the ninth.

Reds' reliever Jumbo Diaz made his major league debut coming in to pitch in the seventh inning, surrendering three runs on three hits, including two home runs.  

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