The Reds’ five-game winning

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TORONTO (AP) — Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak figured teammate Randal Grichuk never saw it coming.Grichuk was injured in a bizarre collision with a security guard’s chair Felipe Vazquez Jersey , and replacement Tesocar Hernandez hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Sunday.The Indians’ magic number to lock up their third straight AL Central title stayed at five.Grichuk was checked for a possible concussion after slamming face-first into the guard’s metal stool while chasing Brandon Guyer’s foul fly in the fourth inning. Initial concussion tests were negative, the Blue Jays said, but more tests will be done Monday. He’s been diagnosed with multiple facial cuts but no fractures.As Grichuk and Smoak sprinted toward the ball, a security staffer seated along the wall stood up and backed away from the area, carrying his stool and seemingly unaware the outfielder was closing in. Grichuk slid and made the catch, but crashed into the stool the staffer was holding by his side.“I peeked at him and I saw him sliding, trying to make a play there, so I peeled out,” Smoak said. “All of a sudden I heard him get clocked with a chair in the face. Scary right there for a second, but hopefully he’s all right.”Grichuk stayed down for several minutes and was treated on the field by Blue Jays trainers. When he stood up to walk off, television images showed a long, swollen mark on his face, running across his nose and between his eyes.Smoak said it’s difficult to be aware of obstacles, especially because Toronto’s domed roof makes it hard to look away from flyballs.“We’re worried about each other and the ball at the same time,” Smoak said. “There’s no chance either of us was thinking about the security guard.”Manager John Gibbons said he saw Grichuk in the clubhouse following the game.“He was laughing a bit, so that was a good sign,” Gibbons said. “He’s a pretty boy, you don’t want to hurt that face.”Hernandez entered the game when Grichuk exited, and homered in the eighth.Smoak connected off Mike Clevinger (11-8) in the first Starling Marte Jersey , his team-leading 24th.Francisco Lindor hit a solo homer off Thomas Pannone (2-1) in the third, his career-best 34th and third of the series. Smoak answered with a two-out RBI single in the bottom half.Brandon Barnes chased Pannone with a one-out homer in the Cleveland seventh, his first since 2015. Ryan Tepera came on and struck out the next two batters.Michael Brantley singled off left-hander Jose Fernandez to begin the eighth but righty Jake Petricka came on and struck out Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yandy Diaz.David Paulino got two outs in the ninth but put two runners on before Ken Giles came on and got Lindor to ground out, earning his 20th save in as many opportunities.Making his third career start in place of right-hander Marcus Stroman (blister), Pannone allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings against his former team.A Double-A All-Star in the Indians organization last season, Pannone was dealt to Toronto for reliever Joe Smith on July 31, 2017.“It was a great opportunity to go out there and face the team that traded me last season,” Pannone said. “It was definitely extra special.”Indians manager Terry Francona said Pannone “took the sting out of our bats.”“He doesn’t light up the radar gun,” Francona said, “It just seemed like he got past our barrels, had us reaching. A lot of popups.”30-30Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez stole second base in the first, becoming the third 30-homer, 30-steal player in Indians history. Joe Carter did it in 1987 and Grady Sizemore in 2008. Ramirez is the first 30-30 player in the big leagues since 2012, when Ryan Braun and Mike Trout both reached the mark.ROWDY’S RUN ENDSBlue Jays rookie Rowdy Tellez went 0 for 4, his first hitless game since making his debut last week. Tellez set a Blue Jays record Saturday, becoming the first player in team history with eight hits in his first four games.HOME IS WHERE THE HOMERS AREThe Blue Jays have 103 home runs at home, second in the AL to the Yankees (127).TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: LHP Andrew Miller (left shoulder) is expected to be activated off the 10-day disabled Monday.Blue Jays: Hernandez went to left field after Grichuk’s injury , with Billy McKinney moving from left to right. … Toronto activated INF Yangervis Solarte off the 10-day DL. Solarte suffered a strained right oblique in an Aug. 11 game against Tampa Bay.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Corey Kluber (18-7, 2.75) starts the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Monday. The major league leader in wins, Kluber is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in his past two outings. The Rays have not named a starter.Blue Jays: After an off day, LHP Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.39) starts the opener of a three-game series at Boston on Tuesday night. Borucki is 1-0 in two starts against the Red Sox this season, allowing 11 runs in eight innings. LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 1.97) starts for Boston. CINCINNATI (AP) — If the Los Angeles Dodgers fall short in the competitive NL West, they can blame Scooter Gennett and the Cincinnati Reds.Gennett snapped out of an 0-for-9 slump with four hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto hit a two-run double on his birthday and the Reds improved to 5-0 against the Dodgers this season with a 10-6 victory Monday night.“I’ve had a couple rough games in a row,” Gennett said. “It’s good to have a short memory sometimes. You can’t let a couple bad games dictate attitude or focus.”Eugenio Suarez added a solo home run for the last-place Reds, and Jose Peraza scored three runs. That helped Cincinnati overcome Chris Taylor’s two-run homer and Yasmani Grandal’s solo shot.Los Angeles dropped 1½ games behind first-place Colorado when the Rockies routed visiting Arizona. The Dodgers had taken two of three at Coors Field last weekend to trim their deficit.The Reds won the series opener after a four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in May.“The first time around, they pitched us well, and we still haven’t figured out how to get Gennett out,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously, we don’t expect to be 0-5 against anybody.”Jared Hughes (4-3) got Yasiel Puig to line into a bases-loaded double play to end the seventh after an 11-pitch at-bat.“We were one hit away from it being a completely different game,” Roberts said.Hughes added a perfect eighth to get the win.“That was the second time this year I’ve faced Puig with runners on and he’s hit a line drive to third,” said Hughes, who fell behind Puig with a 2-0 count. “Before that he was 4 for 4 against me with two home runs. I think that is the line.”Gennett went 4 for 5 to boost his batting average to .320 with his sixth multihit game in his last nine appearances. He took over the league lead from Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich, who is hitting .315.Votto Barry Bonds Jersey , celebrating his 35th birthday, just missed a three-run homer in Cincinnati’s four-run first inning, settling for a two-run double with a drive that bounced off the yellow padding along the top of the right-field wall and stayed in play.Alex Wood (8-7) was knocked around in his shortest outing in 14 starts since lasting a season-low two innings on June 3 at Colorado. The Reds piled up eight hits and seven runs, six earned, against him with two walks and six strikeouts. The seven runs allowed matched Wood’s season high, set on April 11 in the third of his team-high 27 starts.“It was one of those nights when I didn’t have anything,” Wood said. “You try to battle, but this is not a place where you can come and not be sharp and expect to do well.”Taylor hit his second homer in three games off left-hander Cody Reed, who overcame a 30-pitch first inning to last four. He gave up five hits and three runs with three walks and five strikeouts.Reed struck out Enrique Hernandez to leave the bases loaded in the first.BEEN A WHILEThe Reds’ five-game winning streak against Los Angeles is their longest since winning seven straight in 1976.POWER SURGEThe Dodgers have hit at least one home run in 18 straight games, the longest streak since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The franchise record is 24 in a row, set by Brooklyn in 1953.FAR EAST-BOUNDSuarez and Taylor will be among the major leaguers headed to Japan to play seven games against Japanese players in November.BACK TO EARTHDodgers closer Kenley Jansen rejoined the team in Cincinnati after avoiding Denver. Jansen developed an irregular heartbeat on the team’s last Colorado trip and the team cardiologist advised him not to pitch at higher altitudes.ROSS GETS NODDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (8-3) will start Wednesday’s series finale, Roberts said. LHP Clayton Kershaw was originally scheduled to start before being pushed back a day to start at St. Louis on Thursday. The start will be Stripling’s 18th, and first since Aug. 9. He came off the disabled list Friday after being out since Aug. 12 with lower back inflammation.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: LHP Julio Urias was activated from the disabled list after missing more than a year following left shoulder surgery in June 2017.Reds: LHP Amir Garrett was activated off the DL. Garrett was out since Aug. 29 with a bruised left foot.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-2), the scheduled starter Tuesday at Cincinnati, allowed 10 hits and five runs — one earned — in six innings of Los Angeles’ 7-3 loss to the Mets last Wednesday.Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (8-12) was tagged for a career-high three homers in his last start Thursday against San Diego.

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