CINCINNATI (AP) — J.A. Happ couldn't throw a strike in the first inning, leaving Toronto in another big, early hole. This one was too much to overcome.
Jay Bruce's homer helped the Reds get ahead 8-0 for the second day in a row, and Mike Leake made this big lead stand up, pitching eight innings on Saturday for an 11-1 victory over the Blue Jays.
A day earlier, the Blue Jays pulled off the second-biggest comeback in their history. Down 8-0 after the second inning, they rallied to a 14-9 victory behind a pair of homers from Edwin Encarnacion.
The Reds got ahead 8-0 after four innings on Saturday against J.A. Happ (6-4), and the Blue Jays didn't have another big comeback in them.
"He didn't have it today," manager John Gibbons said. "We never really had a chance. It was another big deficit to overcome. It was a little disappointing after last night, but there's nothing we can do about it now."
Leake (5-6) had a lot to do with it, allowing the Blue Jays only four hits, including Colby Rasmus' homer.
The Blue Jays are 9-5 all-time against the Reds, having won their four previous interleague series.
Cincinnati's offense has languished near the bottom of the majors for much of the season, with Bruce and Joey Votto spending time on the disabled list. Both are back, and the Reds are starting to hit. They've scored at least nine runs in four of their last six games.
Devin Mesoraco added a three-run homer in the seventh, his third homer in three games, as the Reds pulled away.
Happ made it easy for the Reds in the first inning, walking three batters with two outs. Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs with a single, and another scored on Erik Kratz's passed ball.
"The walks — that's terrible," Happ said. "That's obviously frustrating. But with this game, the game is crazy. If some balls were hit a couple of feet either way, it could have been a different story."
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