Stro­man leads Blue Jays with his arm and bat


Mar­cus Stro­man threw 5 2/3 strong in­nings and hit the sec­ond homer by a pitcher in Blue Jays his­tory to lead Toronto over Julio Te­heran and the At­lanta Braves 9-0 on Thurs­day night.

Dar­rell Ce­cil­iani, re­called from Triple-A Buf­falo on Tues­day, had a run-scor­ing dou­ble in the first and a two-run homer in the third be­fore leav­ing with a left shoul­der in­jury. Ce­cil­iani started in cen­tre field af­ter Kevin Pil­lar was sus­pended two games with­out pay for yelling an anti-gay slur at Braves re­liever Jason Motte dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s game.

Te­heran hit Jose Bautista with a pitch in the first in­ning, a day af­ter Bautista’s bat flip fol­low­ing a home run drew crit­i­cism from the Braves. Te­heran’s first pitch to Bautista was in­side. The sec­ond pitch hit Bautista’s thigh. Bautista walked to first base as home plate um­pire Paul Em­mel is­sued warn­ings to both benches.

Te­heran (3-4) al­lowed a ca­reer-high nine runs in three-plus in­nings in his fourth straight home loss.

The Braves, who scored eight or more runs in three straight wins over Toronto with Freddie Free­man in the lineup, saw their of­fence dis­ap­pear af­ter learn­ing the first base­man will miss about 10 weeks with a frac­tured left wrist.

Free­man was hurt when hit by a pitch from Toronto’s Aaron Loup in Wed­nes­day night’s 8-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Free­man wore a green cast Thurs­day as he watched the game from the dugout. Jace Peter­son made his first ca­reer start at first base.

Kendrys Mo­rales drove in two runs with four hits. Luke Maile and Stro­man hit back-to-back homers in the fourth. Stro­man’s first ca­reer homer was the first by a Toronto pitcher since Mark Hen­drick­son’s shot against Mon­treal on June 21, 2003.

Stro­man (4-2) al­lowed seven hits with one walk and six strike­outs in 5 2/3 in­nings. He im­proved to 6-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 12 ca­reer in­ter­league games, in­clud­ing nine starts.

Te­heran suf­fered through an­other ugly start at Sun­Trust Park, al­low­ing nine hits, in­clud­ing three homers. He is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in four road starts and 1-4 with a 10.50 ERA in five home starts.

Dwight Smith Jr., the son of the former out­fielder who played for four teams, in­clud­ing the Braves, was re­called from Triple-A Buf­falo to re­place Pil­lar on the ros­ter. Smith en­tered the game in left field in the third when Ce­cil­iani left.

Ce­cil­iani grabbed his left shoul­der soon af­ter his home-run swing. He ap­peared to be in pain as he ran the bases and didn’t re­turn in the bot­tom of the in­ning. The team said he has a pos­si­ble left shoul­der sub­lux­a­tion.

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