CINCINNATI -- Right fielder Jay Bruce homered to help the Cincinnati Reds build an eight-run lead for the second straight day, only this time Mike Leake prevented a Toronto Blue Jays rally with eight strong innings in an 11-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
Catcher Devin Mesoraco capped the scoring with a three-run homer in the seventh, and first baseman Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI for Cincinnati (36-37).
Less than 24 hours after overcoming an 8-0 lead in a 14-9 victory, Toronto (42-34) couldn't rally against Leake (5-6), who allowed one run on four hits and two walks and struck out six.
Center fielder Colby Rasmus hit his 10th home run for the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (6-4) lasted only four innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and four walks.
After using six relievers Friday night, the Reds needed innings out of Leake. He was mostly pitch-efficient on Saturday, working out of jams in the second and fifth, and finishing with 113 pitches.
Offensively, Saturday's game began in much the same fashion as Friday's for Cincinnati.
Happ issued three straight walks to load the bases ahead of left fielder Ryan Ludwick's RBI single to center, which put the Reds ahead 2-0. Bruce scored from third on a passed ball, making the score 3-0.
Happ issued four walks, allowed three runs (two earned) and a hit, and threw 37 pitches in the first inning.
Bruce launched a 438-foot solo blast to right with two outs in the third to make the score 4-0. It was his 52nd career homer against left-handers.
In the fourth, the Reds ran the score up to 8-0 on center fielder Billy Hamilton's RBI single, a sacrifice fly to deep center by third baseman Todd Frazier and RBI doubles by Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Rasmus homered on an 0-2 pitch from Leake in the seventh for Toronto's lone run.
Mesoraco's three-run blast off Rob Rasmussen made the score 11-1. Rasmussen pitched three innings, allowing three runs with four strikeouts.
NOTES: Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes left the game with a sore left knee after fouling a pitch off his leg in the fifth. Steve Tolleson replaced him at shortstop. ... Toronto optioned RHP Liam Hendriks, who was promoted to start Friday's game, to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled LHP Rob Rasmussen from the Bisons. ... Cincinnati summoned help for its depleted bullpen by recalling RHP Carlos Contreras from Double-A Pensacola and designating for assignment INF/OF Roger Bernadina. ... Friday night marked the first time since 1896 that a team won by five or more runs after trailing by at least eight runs in the first or second inning.