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Rolen, Zaun help Blue Jays rout Reds

Jun 25, 2008 - 3:55 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Blue Jays continued to make life miserable for Bronson Arroyo.

Scott Rolen and Gregg Zaun both homered in a six-run first as the Blue Jays pounded the Cincinnati Reds, 14-1, in the opener of an interleague series on Tuesday.

Alex Rios hit a solo homer and Rolen drove in four runs overall for Toronto, which has scored 22 runs in its last two wins after suffering through a seven-game losing streak.

"Tonight was a great night for the offense," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We came out swinging the bats and scored a lot of runs. We'd like to get some more of those. I'd like to have 10 of these games in a row if I could, but I know that impossible."

Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett (7-7) was excellent, giving up just a run, four hits and three walks while striking out seven in eight innings.

"Burnett pitched like a champion," Gaston said. "He hurled just a great game."

"The Blue Jays gave A.J. plenty of breathing room from the beginning, letting him relax and throw whatever he wanted to throw," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

It's the first time the righthander has gone past five innings pitched in his last four starts.

"It was fun to go past five innings for a change," Burnett said. "I was a little erratic early, but found the hook (curveball) toward the later innings. Even though we had a big cushion, I was trying to stay within myself and pitch my game."

The Blue Jays used Arroyo (4-7) for batting practice, roughing him up for a career-high 10 runs and a career high-tying 11 hits in one-plus innings. The righthander, who walked one and fanned a batter in the shortest start of his career, is now 0-4 with a 9.80 ERA in his last five outings vs. Toronto.

"I probably could have told the Blue Jays what was coming and fared better," Arroyo said.

The nine-year veteran also has had a terrible June, going 0-3 with a 10.01 ERA in five starts this month. Arroyo, who saw his overall ERA balloon from 5.55 to 6.52, has been bombed for nine homers in his June outings.

With the Blue Jays leading, 1-0, with two out in the bottom of the first, Rolen belted a three-run shot to give the home team a four-run lead before Zaun went deep off Arroyo two batters later to make it 6-0.

"It seemed no matter what Bronson threw, he couldn't get them out," Baker said. "There were just a lot of balls in the center of the plate - and it's hard to get guys out in the center of the plate."

After Cincinnati scored a run in the top of the second, Toronto still wasn't done with Arroyo.

In the bottom half of the second, Rios led off with his fourth homer and Rolen and Matt Stairs added RBI doubles to give Toronto an eight-run advantage.

"After the first inning, I tried to wipe the slate clean, come back out and start with a fresh inning," Arroyo said. "I had a 1-2 count on Rios, threw the ball right where I wanted to, and he hit that out of the park. It was one of them days."

After Arroyo was mercifully taken out by Baker, Adam Lind drilled a run-scoring single and Joe Inglett added an RBI groundout off reliever Gary Majewski to up the lead to 11-1.

Vernon Wells, Marco Scutaro (4-for-6) and Zaun added RBI singles for Toronto, which had a season-high 22 hits while scoring its most runs of 2008.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    CINCINNATI 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
    TORONTO 6 5 0 0 1 1 1 0 x 14 22 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO, GARY MAJEWSKI (2ND), JEREMY AFFELDT (5TH),
    DAVID WEATHERS (7TH), BILL BRAY (8TH) AND PAUL BAKO
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT, BRIAN TALLET (9TH) AND GREG

    Jun 24 9:48 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GREGG ZAUN SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ZAUN ON FIRST, S ROLEN ON SECOND, B
    WILKERSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 14 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.192, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 14  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 24 9:21 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED LYLE OVERBAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 13 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J INGLETT (.309, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 13  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 24 9:00 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VERNON WELLS SCORED JOE INGLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V WELLS ON FIRST, A RIOS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 12 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M STAIRS (.258, 1-FOR-2, SF, 2 RBI)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 12  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 24 8:40 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOE INGLETT SCORED LYLE OVERBAY.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M SCUTARO ON SECOND, A LIND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 11 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.277, 2-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 11  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 24 7:59 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A LIND ON FIRST, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 10 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M SCUTARO (.256, 2-FOR-2)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 10  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 24 7:56 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SCOTT ROLEN SCORED MATT STAIRS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S ROLEN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 9 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.268, 1-FOR-1)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 9  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 24 7:48 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MATT STAIRS SCORED VERNON WELLS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M STAIRS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S ROLEN (.275, 1-FOR-1, HR, 3 RBI)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 24 7:45 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF BRONSON ARROYO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, TORONTO 7
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.276, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 7  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 24 7:42 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JAY BRUCE SCORED BRANDON PHILLIPS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KEPPINGER ON FIRST, J VOTTO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    TORONTO 6 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: P JANISH (.180, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

    Reds 1, Blue Jays 6  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 24 7:36 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GREGG ZAUN (5) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF BRONSON ARROYO SCORED LYLE OVERBAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0, TORONTO 6
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.136, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Reds 0, Blue Jays 6  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 24 7:23 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SCOTT ROLEN (5) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF BRONSON ARROYO SCORED JOE INGLETT AND ALEX RIOS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.265, 6 HR, 30 RBI)

    Reds 0, Blue Jays 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 24 7:20 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MATT STAIRS SCORED MARCO SCUTARO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RIOS ON FIRST, J INGLETT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S ROLEN (.271, 4 HR, 19 RBI)

    Reds 0, Blue Jays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 24 7:19 PM
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    Reds 0, Blue Jays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 24 7:15 PM
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