Braves’ bats blast Blue Jays
ATLANTA 10 TORONTO 1
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.