CINCINNATI (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays rode the hot bat of Adam Lind to edge the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in interleague play on Friday.
Lind belted his fourth home run in his last four games, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, as he pushed the Blue Jays lead to 3-1. Scott Rolen reduced the deficit in the bottom of the seventh when he hit a solo home run, but Toronto held on.
Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs opened the scoring with an inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning, capitalizing on a mix-up between Toronto outfielders Juan Bautista and Corey Patterson that allowed the deep fly ball to drop between them.
"If I let that bother me, then I'm trying to do it all myself and I'm out of my rhythm," said Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes. "I've been taught that you can't let those things get to you. I have a great group of guys here who have welcomed me. I feel wanted here."
The Blue Jays responded with three runs in the seventh led by Lind's blast to give Reyes, who pitched 6.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five, the victory.
Cincinnati starter Mike Leake took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three in seven innings.
"I don't like to use the quality start thing as an indicator," Leake said. "Yeah, it was a good outing, but I still missed two pitches that came back to haunt. That's about it."
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Greg Stutchbury/Ian Ransom)