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Braves 5, Blue Jays 1

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ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy was well rested.

It showed.

Returning from the disabled list with a flourish, Beachy had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his first start in nearly six weeks, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 victory that completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Dan Uggla and Brian McCann hit two-run homers for the Braves, who wrapped up a homestand with their fourth straight win.

"I felt good," the rookie said. "My arm feels strong and rested."

Beachy (2-1) had been on the disabled list since May 14 with a strained left oblique. After one rehab appearance in the minors, he eclipsed his previous best of nine strikeouts in two other starts.

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The Blue Jays were completely baffled over Beachy's six innings, going down swinging on all but one of his Ks -- even chasing breaking balls in the dirt. Toronto managed just four hits off the Atlanta starter, including a third-inning homer by Jose Bautista, and finished with 13 strikeouts overall.

Beachy worked off his fastball and took advantage of an AL team that didn't know much about him.

"When I'm spotting it early in the count and getting ahead, I can use all my pitches," he said. "I give them something to think about."

The Braves have struggled to score runs, especially with Martin Prado on the disabled list and Uggla coming into the game hitting .176. But their pitching dominated the Blue Jays, who managed just two runs and 13 hits in the three games.

"This just shows how good our pitching staff is," McCann said. "They've kept us in every game this year."

Uggla homered in the second against Jo-Jo Reyes (3-6), brightening what has been a dismal first season with the Braves.

"You want to put up great numbers every year," Uggla said. "But I'm past that point. I want to win championships. We've got what it takes in this clubhouse."

McCann put up a two-run homer for the second game in a row, going deep in the third.

Beachy won for the first time in seven career starts at Turner Field. Scott Linebrink, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel finished up with a scoreless inning apiece.

Toronto manager John Farrell was contemplating lineup changes after another tough showing at the plate. The Blue Jays have scored more than four runs only once in their last 13 games, leading to a 4-9 slide that has knocked them out of contention in the AL East.

"The numbers don't lie," Farrell said. "We need to regroup. There's no question about it."

Reyes was going for his fourth win in five starts after setting a major-league record with 28 consecutive starts without a win. But he fell behind quickly against his former team, giving up a single to Freddie Freeman leading off the second, then serving up a 1-2 pitch that Uggla drove into the left-field seats for his 10th homer.

McCann made it 4-1 with his 13th homer, following up a walk to Jason Heyward with a shot into the right-field bleachers. Reyes went 5 1/3 innings, giving up five hits, walking two and striking out two.

"You've got to keep putting in the work," Reyes said. "One of these days, it'll fall into place."

The Braves also scored their final run on a long ball, though it took a video review for Brooks Conrad to make it all the way home. The pinch-hitter thought it was gone, trotting around second base before realizing that the umpires had ruled the ball in play.

Conrad was thrown out at third, but stayed there while three umps ducked into the dugout to get a look at the replay. It clearly showed the ball hitting the top of the wall and ricocheting off a back wall before returning to the field. Conrad trotted home for a delayed celebration with his teammates.

"I went into my trot," Conrad said with a smile. "The next thing I know, I'm getting thrown out at third on a home run."

Jordan Schafer nearly went back to back, but Bautista made a brilliant catch in nearly the same spot where Conrad's went out, leaping above the yellow line to prevent Atlanta's fourth homer of the day.

Bautista hit his 22nd homer in the third.

Notes

  • Uggla homered for the first time this season off a left-hander.
  • Reyes surrendered a pair of homers in his second straight start. Overall, he's given up 10 homers in 85 innings.
  • Braves RHP Tommy Hanson played catch before the game. He felt no pain and hopes to start at Seattle on June 28, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL. Hanson is sidelined with tendinitis in his shoulder.
  • SS Julio Lugo, called up from the minors the day before, made his first start for the Braves. He beat out an infield hit in his first at-bat.
  • Former Braves manager Bobby Cox stopped by the Atlanta clubhouse before the game. He also managed the Blue Jays during his long career, leading Toronto to the AL East title in 1985.
  • Conrad has seven pinch-hit homers in his career, including three this season.
 
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Brandon Beachy, out since May 14 with a strained left oblique, breaks out his best strikeout outing in his first game back. (AP)
Brandon Beachy, out since May 14 with a strained left oblique, breaks out his best strikeout outing in his first game back. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

B. Beachy
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 11
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS4010000 .279
Corey Patterson, CF3000031 .264
   a- Rajai Davis, PH-CF1010000 .240
Jose Bautista, RF3111111 .325
Adam Lind, 1B3000121 .323
Juan Rivera, LF3010101 .250
J.P. Arencibia, C4010024 .231
Aaron Hill, 2B3010101 .239
Jayson Nix, 3B2000023 .173
   b- Edwin Encarnacion, PH-3B2000000 .250
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2000022 .250
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   c- Jose Molina, PH1000011 .298
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Luis Perez, P0000000 .000
   d- John McDonald, PH1000000 .191
Totals32161413  
a-singled for Patterson in the 8th
b-grounded out for Nix in the 7th
c-struck out for Camp in the 7th
d-popped out for Perez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (22, Beachy)
RBI - Jose Bautista (47)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (11)
SB - Yunel Escobar (3, 2nd base off Beachy/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jo-Jo Reyes (L,3-6) 5.1544222 4.34
Shawn Camp 0.2000010 4.05
Jon Rauch 1111011 4.35
Luis Perez 1100010 3.63
WP - Jo-Jo Reyes (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 84-53, Shawn Camp 5-5, Jon Rauch 22-15, Luis Perez 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 8-6, Shawn Camp 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-1, Luis Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 23, Shawn Camp 2, Jon Rauch 4, Luis Perez 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4010001 .231
Jason Heyward, RF2100221 .220
Chipper Jones, 3B4000003 .263
Brian McCann, C4122002 .305
Freddie Freeman, 1B4110011 .268
Dan Uggla, 2B4112021 .177
Nate McLouth, LF3000000 .233
Julio Lugo, SS3010000 .333
Brandon Beachy, P1000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1111000 .244
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals3057525  
a-homered for Linebrink in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jordan Schafer (3, Reyes)
HR - Brian McCann (13, Reyes), Dan Uggla (10, Reyes), Brooks Conrad (3, Rauch)
SH - Brandon Beachy (3)
RBI - Brian McCann 2 (43), Dan Uggla 2 (23), Brooks Conrad (8)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Jones-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy (W,2-1) 64112111 3.22
Scott Linebrink (H,4) 1100010 3.56
Jonny Venters 1100210 0.57
Craig Kimbrel 1000000 2.84
WP - Brandon Beachy (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 96-61, Scott Linebrink 19-13, Jonny Venters 22-12, Craig Kimbrel 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 1-5, Scott Linebrink 1-1, Jonny Venters 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 23, Scott Linebrink 4, Jonny Venters 6, Craig Kimbrel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23152
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Angel Campos