Swanson, Freeman go deep to lift Braves over Blue Jays 9-5

Atlanta Braves vs Toronto Blue Jays

Atlanta Braves vs Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto manager John Gibbons said he did not view the two setbacks to the Braves as a lost opportunity for the Blue Jays to build on their recent string of good fortune.

Freeman, an American who played for Team Canada at the recent WBC to honour his Canadian-born parents, hit his 14th home run of the year in the fifth inning of Toronto starter Marco Estrada, tying him with Aaron Judge for the Major League Baseball lead, while the Braves' ninth hitter, Dansby Swanson, hit his third off the season off reliever Danny Barnes.

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman hits a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Monday May 15, 2017.

Tulowitzki, who has been out of the Blue Jays line-up since April 21 due to a right hamstring injury, was scheduled to suit up for his first rehab game for single-A Dunedin on Monday night. After playing the first two games in Toronto, the series wraps up with a pair of games in Atlanta.

Bolsinger hit a batter for the third time in the game to send Jace Peterson to first and Garcia to second.

The Blue Jays will turn to Joe Biagini on Wednesday to stop the Braves. Atlanta are 2-7 in their last 9 games on grass and Atlanta are 10-25 in their last 35 interleague games while Atlanta are 3-7 in their last 10 overall.

The Braves then tagged on three more in the top of the ninth to make the outcome a no-doubter.

Despite the loss Monday, the Blue Jays are having a good May so far with a 9-5 record after they went 8-17 in April.

"We will round it together, get back home and get back on track again", Servais said.

San Francisco beat Cincinnati for its first three-game win streak of the season and gave starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija a win.

Alex Bregman hit his first career grand slam, and Houston belted four home runs off Masahiro Tanaka before holding on for a victory over NY to earn a split of a doubleheader.

"That was real big, because (Toronto) is a hot ballclub", Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It was all the right guys (batting with runners in scoring position)".

"Really, the last two nights, we haven't been able to shut down their offence, and they've got a good one. It just didn't happen".

Still, his tenure in Toronto will always be viewed through the prism of the Cy Young season he was coming off with the New York Mets, and whom he was traded for - right-hander Noah Syndergaard, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra. With Jaime Garcia set to face Marco Estrada in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs. He has allowed only an unearned run in his two starts covering nine innings. "He's probably more honest this time than time (in terms of revealing his true health), but he's ready to come back".

In 26 career starts against the Blue Jays, Colon is 10-6 with a 4.25 ERA.

The Blue Jays, however, dismissed it as an aberration to be quickly forgotten.

Rays ace Chris Archer allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits and six walks across five innings of work in a loss to the Indians. He was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to help shore up a rotation depleted by injuries.

Bolsinger (0-2) was gone after getting two outs in the fifth inning, with the Jays losing 6-2.

Bolsinger is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in two career starts against the Braves.

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