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McCann goes deep twice as Atlanta sweeps Toronto

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ATLANTA -- Blurry vision couldn't stop Brian McCann, and neither could Toronto's defensive shift.

McCann hit two homers, including a three-run shot in Atlanta's seven-run seventh inning, and the Braves beat the Blue Jays 10-2 on Sunday to cap a three-game sweep.

The Blue Jays were the first team that tried to stop McCann by placing three players on the right side of the infield.

It may be a long time before McCann faces another shift.

McCann had three hits and drove in four runs, leaving him 6-for-10 in the series. He is hitting .396 (19-for-48) in 14 games with his new glasses.

"We can't be satisfied with the sweep," McCann said. "We've got to keep going."

McCann missed 13 games while on the disabled list from April 23 to May 8 with blurred vision, including a failed experiment with contact lenses.

The score was 2-all before pinch-hitter Chipper Jones drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single in the seventh.

Jones missed the first two games of the series after hurting his right big toe on Thursday night. He didn't start on Sunday but made good on his first pinch-hit appearance of the season.

"I'm glad that the opportunity arose," Jones said. "When you're sitting there you're just hoping to get an opportunity to have an influence on the game."

The sweep was the Braves' first in eight series with Toronto.

The Blue Jays' six-game losing streak is their longest since dropping seven straight last June. They fell to second place in the AL East, a half-game behind Boston.

"We're OK," said Toronto manager Cito Gaston. "We're still ... just a half-game out."

Toronto, which began its nine-game road trip with three straight losses at Boston, has been swept in back-to-back road series for the first time since May 2007 at Cleveland and Texas.

"You're going to go through periods like this," Vernon Wells said. "Hopefully, we'll right the ship and get back at it tomorrow."

Wells had two hits and scored both Toronto runs but said "I take a lot of responsibility" for the losing streak.

"It's frustrating for everyone," he said.

Kelly Johnson had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs for Atlanta, which completed a 6-3 homestand.

The Braves had 13 hits, including five in the seventh, when they sent 10 batters to the plate.

"It looks like everybody's finally in a groove," McCann said. "Everything fell into place."

Jeff Bennett (2-1), Atlanta's third of five relievers, recorded one out in the seventh.

Shawn Camp (0-2) gave up the first three runs in the seventh. Left-handed batters were 1-for-22 against Toronto right-hander Jason Frasor this season before he gave up three hits to lefties in the seventh, driving in six runs.

Jones greeted Frasor with an RBI single off first baseman Lyle Overbay's glove for a 3-2 lead. Johnson followed with a two-run double, Garret Anderson had a sacrifice fly and McCann added a three-run homer off Frasor into the Braves bullpen to cap the seven-run inning.

"Everybody did get in on it, but the biggest hit of the day was Chipper's," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "I asked him in the fifth inning if he could go. He said, 'I can hit, I don't know if I can run or not."'

Cox said he was going to use pitcher Kris Medlen as a pinch-runner. Jones, thinking Cox was going to weaken the bench by using a position player, waved off the pinch-runner.

The seven runs were the most allowed by Toronto in an inning this season.

Johnson and McCann hit first-inning home runs off Scott Richmond.

The Blue Jays pulled even with runs in the fourth and sixth innings off Jair Jurrjens, who gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings.

Wells singled, stole second and third, and scored on Jose Bautista's groundout. Wells led off the fifth with a double and scored on Overbay's one-out single, making it 2-all.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the seventh off reliever Peter Moylan. Reliever Eric O'Flaherty struck out Lind, and Bennett retired Bautista on a fly ball.

Notes

  • Braves SS Yunel Escobar (right hip flexor) did not play. Diory Hernandez, playing in place of Escobar, singled in the seventh for his first major league hit and added another single in the eighth.
  • Wells matched his career high with the two steals.
  • Johnson's homer was his second in two games and his fifth career leadoff homer.
 
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Brian McCann continues to punish the Jays as he caps off the series with two home runs and four RBI.  (AP)
Brian McCann continues to punish the Jays as he caps off the series with two home runs and four RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS4020000 .276
    John McDonald, SS1000000 .222
Aaron Hill, 2B5020012 .350
Alex Rios, RF4010004 .260
Vernon Wells, CF4220112 .262
Adam Lind, LF4000024 .295
Jose Bautista, 3B3011103 .304
Lyle Overbay, 1B3011110 .266
Raul Chavez, C4010003 .242
Scott Richmond, P2000011 .000
   a- Kevin Millar, PH1000002 .286
    Jesse Carlson, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Inglett, PH1000010 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Totals36210237  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Richmond in the 6th
b-struck out for Frasor in the 8th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (12, Jurrjens), Jose Bautista (5, Jurrjens)
RBI - Jose Bautista (7), Lyle Overbay (22)
SB - Vernon Wells 2 (8, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann, 3rd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Scutaro-Carlson
Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Richmond 5522052 3.63
Jesse Carlson 1100000 3.38
Shawn Camp (L,0-2) 0.1233100 5.40
Jason Frasor 0.2344101 2.70
Brandon League 1211010 4.35
IBB - Kotchman by Jason Frasor
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Richmond 77-43, Jesse Carlson 11-9, Shawn Camp 14-7, Jason Frasor 22-13, Brandon League 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Richmond 7-2, Jesse Carlson 2-0, Shawn Camp 1-0, Jason Frasor 1-1, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Richmond 19, Jesse Carlson 3, Shawn Camp 4, Jason Frasor 6, Brandon League 5
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5233001 .252
Casey Kotchman, 1B3100100 .284
Garret Anderson, LF3011010 .256
Brian McCann, C4234001 .303
Martin Prado, 3B4010000 .267
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110022 .265
Diory Hernandez, SS4220002 .250
Jordan Schafer, CF3110110 .211
Jair Jurrjens, P2000020 .105
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
   a- Chipper Jones, PH1111000 .322
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1001000 .115
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals3410131026  
a-singled for J. Bennett in the 7th
b-grounded out for Soriano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (6, Frasor), Martin Prado (8, Richmond), Jordan Schafer (8, League)
HR - Kelly Johnson (5, Richmond), Brian McCann 2 (5, Richmond, Frasor)
SF - Garret Anderson (4)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 3 (15), Garret Anderson (9), Brian McCann 4 (17), Chipper Jones (16), Greg Norton (3)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 4 (15)
CS - Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base by Richmond/Chavez)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Hernandez-Kotchman, Prado-Kotchman
E - Diory Hernandez (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 6822230 2.07
Peter Moylan 0.1100110 5.17
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1000010 2.25
Jeff Bennett (W,2-1) 0.1000000 2.29
Rafael Soriano 1000010 1.37
Manny Acosta 1100010 0.00
HBP - Rios (by Peter Moylan)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 102-66, Peter Moylan 20-13, Eric O'Flaherty 5-4, Jeff Bennett 3-2, Rafael Soriano 10-7, Manny Acosta 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 12-2, Rafael Soriano 2-0, Manny Acosta 2-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Peter Moylan 4, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Jeff Bennett 1, Rafael Soriano 3, Manny Acosta 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23971
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Gerry Davis