Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(CINCINNATI, Ohio) — The Toronto Blue Jays trailed 8-0 after two innings on Friday night but Edwin Encarnacion led the charge as they rallied to beat Cincinnati 14-9 over the Reds. It was the second largest comeback in franchise history for Toronto (42-33) who snapped a three game losing streak.
Cincinnati (35-37) scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the large lead. Devin Morasco started things off with a two-run home run before Jay Bruce added a two-run shot of his own for the final scoring play of the frame. Eleven total batters came to the plate for the Reds who chased starter Liam Hendricks after an inning and two-thirds.
The Blue Jays began the comeback in the top of the third with Encarnacion’s first three-run shot of the night off Mat Latos. After Cincinnati added another run in the fifth, Toronto added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to trail 9-8 heading into the eighth. Dioner Navarro’s double in the eighth to score Encarnacion, sending the game into the ninth tied at 9-9.
Aroldis Chapman then came on for the Reds to attempt and keep it a tied game. However, Erik Kratz and Melkey Cabrera had RBI hits, putting Toronto ahead 11-9 before Encarnacion launched his second three-run blast of the night off Sam LeCure. In total, Encarnacion had a career high six RBI’s while the two teams combined to hit six homers.
It was the first time the Reds have given up an eight-run lead and lost since May 20, 2010 in a loss at Atlanta. Meanwhile, it was the second largest comeback for the Blue Jays behind a 10-run comeback against Boston in 1989.
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