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Instead, the Braves are so far representing a sore spot for the Blue Jays, who dropped their second in a row to Atlanta, 9-5, at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, putting a fairly significant damper on Toronto's recent flirtation with respectability.
All good things must come to an end eventually, and such was the case with the Blue Jays' most recent win streak.
Matt Kemp doubled in two runs off Roberto Osuna, who was brought in to shut the door with two out in the top of the ninth. "We needed that. These types of games, they can carry over into some pretty good winning streaks".
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, "I don't think (Bolsinger) had his good curveball, which is kind of vital to him".
While Becerra, now at advanced-A St. Lucie, was just added to the Mets' 40-man roster, the return for the Mets could have been even more plentiful as they tried to get shortstop Franklin Barreto, one of the centrepieces in the Josh Donaldson deal Anthopoulos made with Oakland a couple years later. "You put it past you". Ryan Tepera (3-1) pitched 2 1/3 flawless innings for the win as the Jays completed a four-game sweep.
Freeman made it 5-2 by connecting off Marco Estrada in the fifth, but Pillar replied with his homer in the bottom half.
Braves: LHP Jaime Garcia (1-2, 4.33 ERA) is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.
But can both guys continue pitching in the manner that they have been? The teams have not met since 2015. RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 4.58) starts the opener against Athletics LHP Sean Manaea (1-2, 5.18). The Jays totaled seven hits and five walks with Kevin Pillar going deep and scoring twice with Devon Travis scoring and knocking in two while Justin Smoak walked three time and scored twice.
Mike Foltynewicz (1-4, 4.04 ERA) will be aiming for a second consecutive quality start when he faces against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. This dip in production could perhaps still be caused by a groin injury that Phillips sustatined in late April, which sidelined him for a few games but did not send him to the disabled list.
Estrada allowed five earned runs on eight hits over six innings and picked up a no decision.
Freeman hit his 13th homer of the season in the sixth against Campos, who took over after J.P. Howell allowed a double by Dansby Swanson and a bunt single by Ender Inciarte.
But the 43-year-old Colon (2-4), who went five innings, did enough to keep the Jays a bit off-balance.
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker has a term he uses to describe his first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Garcia said, "The key is for everybody to contribute and do their job".
Every Braves starter except Danny Santana, starting in right field to give Markakis a chance to play DH, got at least one hit. "We know the people we have (are) very talented".
Notes: Blue Jays pitchers combined to hit a franchise-high five batters in Monday's loss.
"I definitely want to be back as soon as possible, but at the same time, I want to be back and stay back", Martin said.
There was never a question in Gibbons' mind about the team's prospects even when the team struggled. "We did dig a hole, that's for sure". It seemed like teams were blooping balls in or getting an extra base, and we just couldn't find a way to win games.