After a Wednesday night filled with drama, the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves wrapped the series finale at SunTrust Park. The Braves were looking for the sweep and the Blue Jays avoided that thanks to the bats and pitchers.
Marcus Storman was looking to turn things around for the Blue Jays. Stroman delivered to pick up his fourth victory of the season. Stro-show pitched 5.2 innings, allowed seven hits, one breaking ball, and six strikeouts.
His counterpart, Julio Teheran, who was credited with the loss, had a night to forget. Teheran pitched in three innings, allowed nine earned runs on eight hits, one breaking ball, and two strikeouts. Teheran did get even with Jose Bautista’s mini “bat flip” from last night.
There was a lot of tension heading into tonight’s game but other than that nonsense, Chris Coghlan started things off with a two-run RBI double, then Darrell Ceciliani hit a RBI double. The Blue Jays were up 3-0 after the first.
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The bats continued to rally as Kendrys Morales hit a RBI single, then Ceciliani got his first home run of the season to extend the Blue Jays lead to 6-0. Ceciliani left the game afterward with an apparent separation in his shoulder.
After the near 40-minute rain delay, the Jays bats didn’t seem to stop.
Luke Maile went deep left field for his first home run as a Jay, but it was Stroman who did the impossible. The 26-year old hit his first career home run past the right field wall. In the first four innings, the Blue Jays lead 9-0 after Morales collected his second RBI of the game. Morales went four-for-five in tonight’s game.
Stroman became just the second Blue Jay pitcher to hit a home run in franchise history.
The Blue Jays scored a season-high nine runs, something fans have yet to see this season. With 18 wins so far this season, the Blue Jays sit 7.5 games back of first in the American League East.
Toronto will head back to the American League for a weekend series against their division rivals, the Baltimore Orioles. Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.95 ERA) will go against Chris Tillman (1-0, 2.89 ERA) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m. ET.