TORONTO - Scott Rolen hit one of Toronto's three homers, A.J. Burnett pitched eight strong innings and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-1 on Tuesday night.
Alex Rios and Gregg Zaun also connected for the Blue Jays, who battered Bronson Arroyo for 10 runs in an inning-plus. Rios and Marco Scutaro each had four hits as Toronto set season highs for runs and hits (22).
The Blue Jays have won consecutive games after a season-high seven-game losing streak that cost manager John Gibbons and three coaches their jobs.
The struggling Reds have lost seven of nine and 11 of 16.
Burnett (7-7) allowed one run and four hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
This one was out of reach early as Toronto batted around in the first and second to build an 11-0 lead. The Blue Jays sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored six runs in the first, then piled on with a five-run second while sending up 10 batters.
It was the first time the Blue Jays batted around in consecutive innings since Sept. 30, 2005, against Kansas City. The last time Toronto batted around in the opening two innings was May 26, 1997, during Cito Gaston's initial stint as manager. Gaston replaced Gibbons before Friday's game at Pittsburgh.
Arroyo (4-7) allowed a career-high 10 earned runs and 11 hits in the shortest start of his career. The right-hander's ERA rose from 5.55 to 6.52, and he is winless in five June starts.
Arroyo was in trouble immediately, giving up two hits and a walk to the first three batters before Vernon Wells struck out. Matt Stairs brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly before Rolen hit a three-run drive to center, his fifth. Lyle Overbay followed with a double and scored on Zaun's homer to right, his fifth.