CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched eight effective innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat Toronto 4-3 Sunday after Blue Jays stars Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista exited early because of injuries.
Lawrie sustained a broken right index finger when he was hit by a pitch in the second. The team didn’t immediately announce how long the infielder would be out.
Bautista left because of tightness in his left leg. The All-Star outfielder had a single and a sacrifice bunt before leaving.
Cueto (7-5) gave up three runs — one earned — and leads the NL with a 1.86 ERA. He gave up seven hits and struck out eight while winning his third straight start.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save.
Todd Frazier broke a 2-all tie in the fifth with a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey (6-6).
Cueto led off the fifth with a bunt single. One out later, Frazier lined his team-leading 17th homer of the season.
Frazier went into the game tied with Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Baltimore’s Adam Jones for the most home runs in the month of June. Each had seven.
Edwin Encarnacion led off the Toronto eighth with his 24th home run, connecting against his former team.
The Reds used Encarnacion’s error at first to take a 1-0 lead in the first. With Frazier on first and two outs, Brandon Phillips was safe when Encarnacion couldn’t handle third baseman Juan Francisco’s throw on a chopper. Jay Bruce converted the error with an RBI single.
The Blue Jays got help from two errors to take a 2-1 lead in the third. Munenori Kawasaki reached on first baseman Joey Votto’s throwing error, Melky Cabrera singled and Toronto loaded the bases on Cueto’s misplay of Jose Bautista’s bunt. One out later, Colby Rasmus lined a two-run single.
The Reds tied the game in the fourth on Bruce’s leadoff double, Ryan Ludwick’s single and Brayan Pena’s run-scoring double-play grounder.
Encarnacion, who a pair of three-run homers Friday night, homered off Cueto into the left-field seats.
NOTES: Bautista was scheduled for an MRI on Monday. He left for pinch-runner Jose Reyes, who didn’t start after fouling a ball off the side of his left knee on Saturday. … Phillips left in the middle of the fifth with a bruised right heel. … Toronto is scheduled to open a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Yankees on Monday. … The Reds are due to open their second 10-game road trip of the season with the first of three games against the Cubs.