Bichette HRs twice, Manoah goes 8 as Jays beat Reds 3-1

May 21, 2022, 2:39 AM | Updated: 4:24 pm
Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette (11) celebrates his solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during...

Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette (11) celebrates his solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

              Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Naquin, right, celebrates with teammate Tyler Stephenson (37) after scoring on a double by teammate Joey Votto during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              The roof is opened at the Rogers Centre following a storm that passed over the city during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cincinnati Reds in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) runs down a ground ball hit by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (6) works against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Cincinnati Reds second baseman Alejo Lopez (35) gets caught stealing by Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Santiago Espinal (5) during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (6) puts the home run jacket on teammate Bo Bichette after his solo homer in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (6) works against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette (11) celebrates his solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 21, 2022.  (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Bo Bichette hit two home runs, pitcher Alek Manoah matched his career high by working eight innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday.

Bichette’s first was a solo home run off right-hander Hunter Greene in the fourth, No. 50 of Bichette’s career. He added a two-run blast off Luis Cessa (2-1) in the seventh. Both came on the first pitch in his sixth career multi-homer game.

“I never knew that 50 was a milestone,” Bichette said. “I’m grateful to be able to be here and to have an opportunity to hit home runs in the major leagues.”

All six of Bichette’s home runs this season have tied the game or given the Blue Jays the lead.

Greene allowed one run and four hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six in his first start since tossing 7 1/3 hitless innings against Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Manoah (5-1) allowed one run and seven hits to snap a three-start winless streak and get his first W since April 28 against Boston. He walked none and struck out four.

“It’s special to watch him do his job,” Bichette said of Manoah.

Jordan Romano struck out the side in the ninth for his AL-leading 14th save in 16 chances, fanning fellow Canadian Joey Votto for the second out.

Starting at DH, Votto went 1 for 4 with a double in his second game since returning from a COVID-19.

“I don’t think he’s exactly where he wants to be but he’s getting close,” Reds manager David Bell said.

After retiring Tyler Naquin on a bunt attempt to end the eighth, Manoah held one finger aloft as he returned to the dugout, seemingly indicating that he wanted one more inning. Pitching coach Pete Walker spent time chatting with an animated Manoah while the Blue Jays batted, explaining manager Charlie Montoyo’s decision to sit him after 83 pitches.

“We’ve got the best closer in baseball,” Manoah said later. “It doesn’t matter what my pitch count is, he’s coming in.”

The Reds opened the scoring on Votto’s RBI double in the fourth, which came after a unique double play that nearly stopped Cincinnati’s rally before it started.

TJ Friedl singled to open the inning and advanced to third on Tyler Naquin’s double. Tommy Pham broke his bat on the first pitch he saw from Manoah, sending a liner back to the mound. Manoah evaded a jagged piece of broken bat and made the catch, then quickly threw to third to double up Friedl.

After getting 22 outs without giving up a hit against the Pirates, Greene retired the first batters he faced Saturday before issuing a two-out walk to Alejandro Kirk in the second. Matt Chapman stuck out to end the inning.

Greene retired the side on four pitches in the third, but his no-hit streak ended when Bichette connected on the first pitch of the fourth.

Greene ended his outing by fanning Chapman again to leave the bases loaded in the sixth.

“Out of everything that Hunter has done this year, that might be my favorite moment so far,” Bell said.

Cincinnati’s Tyler Stephenson doubled to begin the seventh and moved to third on Mike Moustakas’ grounder, but Manoah fanned Colin Moran before second baseman Santiago Espinal made a diving stop on Alejo Lopez’s grounder to end the inning.

GREENE ON THE GUN

Greene threw 24 of his 84 pitches at 100 mph or faster. Another 13 were at least 99 mph. His fastest was a 101.4 mph pitch that Chapman fouled off in the second.

FIRST TIME IN TORONTO

Greene said he was excited to take the mound in Toronto on his first trip to Canada’s biggest city.

“I’ve always wanted to pitch here in this environment, here at this stadium,” he said. “To be able to do well was really, really nice, and it was special.”

One thing Greene wanted while north of the border was a photo of himself pitching with the CN Tower in the background. He got his wish when the roof opened before the top of the fourth, allowing a Reds staffer to get the shot.

WEB GEM

Friedl crashed into the center field wall after making a running catch on George Springer’s deep liner in the bottom of the first.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: SS Kyle Farmer was held out of the starting lineup (rest).

Blue Jays: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. returned to the lineup at 1B. Gurriel left Wednesday’s game against Seattle because of a sore left hamstring. … Vladimir Guerrero Jr. started at DH.

UP NEXT

The Reds scratched RHP Connor Overton (back) from Sunday’s scheduled start and will instead turn to RHP Graham Ashcraft to make his major league debut against Blue Jays LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-1, 3.38). Kikuchi is 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his past three starts.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]
1 month ago
Joe Jarzynka...
Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]
1 month ago
FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...
Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]
1 month ago
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...
Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]
1 month ago
FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...
Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]
1 month ago
FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...
Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]
1 month ago
Bichette HRs twice, Manoah goes 8 as Jays beat Reds 3-1