Braves lay beat­ing on Blue Jays

Free­man, Markakis lead the way, snap­ping the Birds’ 5-game win streak

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DHIREN MAHIBAN

TORONTO — Nick Markakis and Fred­die Free­man drove in six runs to lead the Braves as At­lanta de­feated the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-6, in Amer­i­can League base­ball ac­tion Mon­day at Rogers Cen­tre.

Justin Smoak had a two-run homer in the ninth in­ning but it was too late for the Blue Jays (17-22), who had a sea­son-high five-game win streak snapped.

Bar­tolo Colon (2-4) al­lowed three runs on seven hits over five in­nings earn­ing his first win since April 16 for the Braves (14-21), who have now won three of four.

Markakis got the Braves on the board in the first driv­ing home Free­man and Matt Kemp with a two-out sin­gle of Mike Bolsinger. Then in the fifth, with At­lanta lead­ing 4-2, Markakis drove home Kemp with a two-out sin­gle.

Two bat­ters later, At­lanta knocked Bolsinger from the game on an RBI sin­gle from Ado­nis Gar­cia. Bolsinger (0-2) went 4 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing six runs, five earned, on eight hits while strik­ing out three and walk­ing two.

Free­man put the game out of reach with a three-run home run off re­liever Leonel Cam­pos in the sixth to give the Braves a 9-3 lead. Free­man’s 13th long ball of the sea­son moves him into a three-way tie for first in the Na­tional League’s home run race.

The Braves took an early 3-0 lead in the sec­ond when Gar­cia scored on a sac fly from Dansby Swan­son.

Toronto got on the board in the bot­tom half of the sec­ond on Devon Travis’s RBI dou­ble.

At­lanta added to its lead in the fourth as Swan­son’s one-out sin­gles scored Gar­cia from sec­ond giv­ing the Braves a 4-1 cush­ion.

The Blue Jays cut the Braves lead in half in the bot­tom half of the in­ning when catcher Mike Ohlman sin­gled scor­ing Travis from sec­ond. The hit was the first of Ohlman’s big league ca­reer.

Trail­ing 6-2 in the fifth, Jose Bautista drove in Kevin Pil­lar with a one-out dou­ble off the wall in left.

Gar­cia’s RBI sin­gle in the sixth gave the Braves a 10-3 cush­ion.

Toronto added a fourth run in the sev­enth on an RBI sin­gle from Travis and Smoak added his tworun home run in the ninth, driv­ing in Bautista. NOTES: Blue Jays pitch­ers com­bined to hit a fran­chise-high five bat­ters in Mon­day’s loss. … Blue Jays short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki (right ham­string) went one for thee with an RBI in a re­hab game in Dunedin.

STEVE RUS­SELL, TORONTO STAR

At­lanta Braves’ Ado­nis Gar­cia, right, slides into home safely as Jays catcher Mike Ohlman tries to tag him out in in­ter­league base­ball play Mon­day night in Toronto.

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