TORONTO -- Devon Travis hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Blue Jays' recent hot streak continued with a 5-4 victory over the Reds on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Luke Maile chipped in with a two-run homer of his own, while Kendrys Morales drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly. Ezequiel Carrera came through with a two-hit afternoon, which included a run scored as the Blue Jays completed the three-game sweep over Cincinnati. Toronto has won eight of its past nine games.
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.
"I really don't look at my numbers too much, besides maybe the walks, that's something I need to get better at," Bolsinger said. "But as long as I can keep the team in the ballgame, if you do that with the bats that we have, we're going to come out with the 'W.'"
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 National-League leading 16th home run of the season with a solo shot in the ninth.
"We had a hard time keeping them in the ballpark this series. They hit a lot of home runs," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "That was unfortunately just the case. There's not a whole lot else to say, other than when they needed that big homer this series, they got it."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED 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.
"The tendency is to get on the defensive, and he didn't do that," Blue Jays catcher Maile said of Osuna. "Even after the ground ball got through there, I don't want to say he turned it up a notch, because he's always got it going. But he really made pitches when he had to."
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.
"He's got really good stuff," Travis said of Peralta. "His numbers are great. I knew it was going to be a battle. He does a nice job mixing in the changeup off the fastball that's up to 97-98 mph. Honestly, I was just doing my best to battle him. I was just trying to put the ball in play, and he was making pitch after pitch. Thankfully, I was able to capitalize."
"I had a nice time seeing family and friends, [but] it's tough playing a series and not coming away with a series win." -- Votto
"I told him he's human, and it's nice to see sometimes because that guy does stuff with that glove that you don't see on a baseball field." -- Travis, on Goins' error in the ninth inning
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With an announced attendance of 44,058 at Wednesday's game, Toronto became the first American League team this season to surpass one million visitors. The Giants, Cardinals and Dodgers also reached that mark in the NL.
Travis finished May with the second-most extra-base hits in club history with 20. Edwin Encarnacion still owns the top spot with 22 extra-base hits in May 2014.
WHAT'S NEXT Reds: The Reds will return home following a three-city road trip to open a series against the Braves at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday. Veteran righty Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.62 ERA) will start the series opener, and he's coming off an outing in which he allowed three runs over five innings against the Phillies.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Marco Estrada (4-2, 3.15 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays open a four-game series against the Reds on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET. Estrada has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 11 starts this season and is averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. New York will counter with lefty CC Sabathia.