Blue Jays' Estrada struggles to find sweet spot vs. Braves

"We've been swinging the bats well and the pitching is coming around", Freeman said.

Kevin Pillar hit a leadoff double.

Pillar had two more hits to give him 51 total, moving him into first place in Major League Baseball.

Bartolo Colon will take the pitch when Atlanta begins an Interleague series with the Blue Jays on Monday in Toronto.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, "I don't think (Bolsinger) had his good curveball, which is kind of vital to him". Six of the starters had two hits or more; Markakis collected three hits while Kemp amassed four RBI.

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.

Garcia held Toronto hitless until Pillar doubled to begin the fourth.

And Travis had three hits, including two doubles. On Monday he lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 earned runs, walking 2 and hitting another 3 batters.

The Jays tied it 5-5 in the sixth.

Garcia's RBI single in the sixth gave the Braves a 10-3 cushion. Vizcaino walked Smoak. With two on and none out, Travis struck out and Barney hit a hot smash to Phillips at second, who turned it into a double play.

Foltynewicz has pitched only two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays in his career, August 2, 2014, in his major league debut when he was with Houston.

Toronto are 2-8 in their last 10 Wednesday games and the over is 7-2 in Toronto last 9 road games while the under is 6-2 in Toronto last 8 Wednesday games. Amusingly, Brandon Phillips took off on contact while Inciarte trotted home, and the two crossed the plate in a photo finish. Bonifacio did not participate in batting practice Tuesday, but was expected to report to the stadium later in the game.

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. Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) went 1 for 3 with an RBI in a rehab game in Dunedin. He's expected to come off the DL on Thursday.

Good thing there were no fragile objects close to the pitcher's mound on Monday night.

Atlanta added to its lead in the fourth as Swanson's one-out singles scored Garcia from second giving the Braves a 4-1 cushion. He will be facing Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia (1-2, 4.33 ERA). Biagini pitched five shutout innings to beat Seattle for his first win of the season on May 12.

Making his second start of the season, Blue Jays right-hander Mike Bolsinger (0-2) allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Travis set the table for Toronto's two-run sixth inning, following a Smoak walk with his second double of the game that left the Blue Jays with runners at second and third.

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. Injuries were part of the slow start, and some of their ailing players are beginning to return, with Tulowitzki to be followed by third baseman Josh Donaldson (calf strain) by this weekend.

  • Stacy Allen