Braves’ bats blast Blue Jays


Times Colonist - - Sports - CHARLES ODUM

AT­LANTA — Max Fried boosted At­lanta’s de­pleted ro­ta­tion by al­low­ing only one run in six in­nings, Austin Ri­ley hit a three­run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Tues­day night.

Ri­ley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoe­maker into the Blue Jays’ bullpen be­hind the left-field wall in the fifth.

It was the third homer al­lowed by Shoe­maker (0-1), following shots by Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers in the second.

Fried (2-0) was thrust into the role of staff ace when Mike Soroka suf­fered a torn right Achilles ten­don on Mon­day night, end­ing his season.

“I’m sure he had some emo­tions with his buddy go­ing down last night, and I’m sure he felt he needed to step up and he sure did,” Braves man­ager Brian Snitker said.

Fried down­played his new des­ig­na­tion as staff ace.

“We’ve got a lot of re­ally good guys,” he said.

Adams’ homer had a splash land­ing in the wa­ter­fall pool be­hind the centre-field fence. Flowers’ shot landed in the first row of the left-field seats.

The Blue Jays played their first game since Thurs­day. Their week­end se­ries against Philadel­phia was post­poned in this virus­in­ter­rupted season.

Shoe­maker gave up six hits and six runs in 4 ⁄ in­nings in his first start since July 25.

“It was frus­trat­ing,” Shoe­maker said. “I hate to even say this but it’s frig­ging hard to do it on 10 days rest. It is all about tim­ing and con­trol. I need to man up though and make bet­ter pitches.”

Fried gave up only four hits, in­clud­ing a lead­off double by Vladimir Guer­rero Jr. in the fifth. Guer­rero scored when An­thony Al­ford’s ball bounced off Ri­ley’s glove at third base and into left field for a sin­gle.

Mar­lins 4, Ori­oles 0

BAL­TI­MORE — After en­dur­ing one fi­nal de­lay in their ef­fort to return from an eight-day, coro­n­avirusin­duced hia­tus, the Mi­ami Mar­lins found enough power and pitch­ing within their vastly over­hauled ros­ter to beat the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 4-0 Tues­day night.

Francisco Cervelli and Je­sus Aguilar home­red for the Mar­lins, who had their season halted after 18 play­ers tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 following the open­ing se­ries in Philadel­phia.

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