Missed bunt in eighth costly for Jays

AT­LANTA 9, TORONTO 5

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TORONTO —

De­spite a pair of dou­bles ear­lier in the game, Devon Travis was un­able to ex­e­cute when the Toronto Blue Jays needed him the most on Tues­day.

Travis was sig­nalled to bunt with two on, no outs and Toronto trail­ing 6-5 in the eighth inning, but was even­tu­ally struck out by At­lanta re­liever Arodys Viz­caino. Dar­win Bar­ney fol­lowed by lin­ing into an inning-end­ing dou­ble play.

The Braves added three runs in the ninth to de­feat the Blue Jays, 9-5, in in­ter­league base­ball action.

“It’s nice to walk up to the plate with two dou­bles or two hits — what­ever the case may be,” said Travis, who fin­ished two for four with two RBIs. “When you’re told to do a job though, es­pe­cially bunt­ing, that’s im­por­tant for this team, it wins games. I’ve got to do my job it’s that sim­ple.”

Toronto man­ager John Gib­bons said that the ra­tio­nale be­hind the move was to get the run­ners over a base and cre­ate a better scor­ing op­por­tu­nity.

“Well we’re down a run, want to get the guy to third base, con­tact, try­ing run, you get a big hit, you take the lead,” said Gib­bons.

Dansby Swan­son hit a go-ahead home run off Danny Barnes (0-1) in the sev­enth inning to help the Braves (15-21) earn their fourth win in five games. Jose Ramirez (2-1) al­lowed an earned run on two hits over 1 2/3 in­nings for the win.

Toronto (17-23) erased a 5-3 deficit in the sixth on an RBI sin­gle from Bar­ney and a weak grounder from Eze­quiel Carrera, which scored Travis. The Blue Jays have dropped back-to-back games af­ter hav­ing their sea­son-high five-game win­ning streak snapped in Monday’s loss.

Matt Kemp added to the Braves lead in the ninth with a two-run dou­ble off Roberto Osuna. Nick Markakis fol­lowed up with an RBI sin­gle stretch­ing At­lanta’s lead to 9-5.

Fred­die Free­man gave the Braves a 5-2 lead in the fifth, tak­ing Marco Estrada’s of­fer­ing over the wall in cen­tre field for a two-run shot and his 14th home run of the sea­son.

RICK MADONICK, TORONTO STAR

Devon Travis misses a bunt, but got his sec­ond dou­ble of the game in the sixth, giv­ing him the most two-base hits in a month by a Blue Jays sec­ond base­man. He sur­passed Aaron Hill’s mark of 11 set in 2009. DHIREN MAHIBAN

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