Blue Jays hold off Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are off to a rocky start to the season and this was the perfect opportunity for the Toronto Blue Jays to rebound after a tough streak.

Blue Jays hold off Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are off to a rocky start to the season and this was the perfect opportunity for the Toronto Blue Jays to rebound after a tough streak. Starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu led the team to a 2-1 win Friday night at Rogers Centre.

The South Korean gunner won his first decision of the year going there with an exemplary performance in six rounds at the mound. Ryu (1-0) allowed six hits, one per turn at bat, but was still able to end the threat with three strikeouts, among others.

As soon as he was substituted on the mound, reliever Ryan Borucki hit Mike Moustakas with a pitch, which eventually led to the visitors' only run, scored on a Matt Reynolds single in the seventh inning.

The Reds (11-27), who have the worst record in the major leagues, faltered in the fifth round, while the Jays (21-18) scored two points. George Springer first sent a ball to the ground that shortstop Kyle Farmer grazed with the end of the glove. Bradley Zimmer thus crossed the plate.

The next at the plate, Bo Bichette, hit a ground ball that flirted with the left field line to bring Springer to the bench.

Jordan Romano, who else, closed the books in the ninth inning with a 13th save this season.

The Jays and Reds will meet twice more over the weekend.

Trevor Story adds to it

Author of three long balls the day before, Trevor Story continued his success with the Boston Red Sox by scoring a grand slam against the Seattle Mariners in a 7-3 win at Fenway Park.

The second-base expert solidly hit Robbie Ray's (4-4) offering against the "Green Monster" in the third inning. He then scored the first four points of the game and the Sox no longer looked back.

Quebecer Abraham Toro has been having a good time lately and added a home run for the Mariners, his second in three games. On Wednesday, he sent a fifth ball into the stands against the Jays.

Jackie Bradley Jr. also stretched his arms on the eighth to give the Red Sox three more runs. Austin Davis (1-1) added the win to his record by remaining flawless in one and a third innings.

In Pittsburgh, Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals retained the Pirates' number with a convincing re-start against them in a 5-3 cause winning streak.

The 40-year-old pitcher spent seven innings on the mound. By allowing a homer to Michael Chavis on the seventh assault, the veteran saw his streak of 38 innings without granting a run to the Pirates come to an end. It was the longest winning streak against one team since Roger Clemens' perfect 40 at bats against the Seattle Mariners between 1987 and 1990.

Wainwright (5-3) won the decision, helped by Giovanny Gallegos' eighth save.

The "Cards" added four runs in the sixth inning, including two thanks to a single from Yadier Molina.


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