made sure the
didn't get swept out of his hometown.
Votto had a tiebreaking home run among his four hits and the Reds avoided a sweep, beating the
Toronto Blue Jays
7-5 on Thursday night.
Born in suburban Toronto, Votto came in 2 for 18 in five career games here but turned that around by doubling home a run in
the first, hitting an RBI single in the second, reaching on a leadoff single in the fourth and homering to begin the sixth.
''Boy, that was some performance in front of his home people here in Toronto,'' Reds manager
Votto said snapping Cincinnati's four-game losing streak meant more than playing well before friends and family.
''Getting the W today is far more important,'' Votto added. ''I wish we'd had a better series in Games 1 and 2 but playing
well today and contributing to the win was really big for me.''
Batting cleanup for the first time this season, Votto's homer was his first since May 26, against Houston. He returned to
the lineup Tuesday after missing 21 games because of stress and anxiety issues related to his father's death last August.
''It was nice feeling good without having to think about the problems I've been having,'' Votto said. ''I felt like yesterday
was a good step and today was an even better step.''
Votto, who struck out in his final at-bat, had his second four-hit game of the season and the third of his career.
''It's good to get back here and have a night like he did,'' Reds outfielder
said. ''Everyone knows what he's capable of. Getting four hits anytime is tough. He's a big part of our lineup and it's good
to have him back.''
(7-4) allowed five runs and five hits in six innings for the win and improved to 6-2 on the road.
each pitched one inning of relief and
finished it in the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.
The loss went to Toronto righty
(0-3), who had pitched three scoreless innings before giving up Votto's homer.
Cincinnati jumped in front with a four-run first against
, doing all its damage with two outs. Votto and
had RBI doubles and Bruce capped it with a two-run double off the wall in left.
''The first part of the game is what really got us,''
said. ''Cecil didn't have his good stuff out there. He didn't have good command.''
got one back for Toronto with a solo homer in the bottom half that bounced off the top of the wall and went out. It was Hill's
17th homer of the season, matching his career high.
Votto hit an RBI single in the second to make it 5-1 but Toronto tied it with a four-run fifth.
After Cueto loaded the bases with two walks and a single,
hit a two-run double to left and
followed with a two-run single up the middle. The single extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching a career high.
Leading again thanks to Votto's ninth homer, the Reds added an insurance run in the eighth off
doubled and later scored on
' squeeze bunt.
Taveras came in batting .104 (11 for 106) in his previous 26 games but went 3 for 5 with a double and two singles.
''He's been working on his stroke and working on his bunting,'' Baker said. ''You like to see guys working but you like to
see them get rewarded with a good performance for their work. That was big for us tonight.''
Rolen had the defensive play of the night, making a diving stop on
's grounder and throwing to first from his knees. On Wednesday, Rolen made a leaping catch on Hairston's eighth inning liner
with runners at first and second.
NOTES: The Reds announced they will call up RHP
from Triple-A Louisville to start Saturday at Cleveland. A first-round pick in 2004, Bailey was 8-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 14
games at Triple-A. He made one start for the Reds this season, May 23 against the Indians, allowing six runs and walking six
in 4 1-3 innings. ... Toronto RHP
(groin) was not available for the third straight game.