Toronto at Atlanta

Final 10th
W: C. Martinez (3-1) L: F. Cordero (1-4)
HR: TOR - J. Bautista (16)   ATL - None

Braves capitalize on error to beat Jays wire reports

ATLANTA -- Standing on second base with one out in the 10th inning, Jason Heyward came up with a bold idea to put pressure on Francisco Cordero and the Blue Jays.

It turned out to be a winning plan.

Heyward stole third base and scored on catcher J.P. Arencibia's throwing error in the 10th inning as the Atlanta Braves beat Toronto 4-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

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There was no sign from third base coach Brian Snitker for Heyward to steal third.

"It was all on my own," Heyward said. "I knew I had a great chance at taking a base and putting some pressure on them and they ended up throwing it away."

Heyward opened the 10th with an infield single off Cordero (1-4) and moved to second on pinch-hitter Jack Wilson's sacrifice. With rookie Andrelton Simmons at the plate, Heyward took off for third base. Arencibia's throw skipped past third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left field, allowing Heyward to score the winning run.

When Heyward saw the ball headed toward left field, he said his reaction was "I'm home free."

"It was huge," he said. "It paid off. ... I knew it was over. We were rewarded. You take a gamble right there, and that's why you did it."

Heyward already has 10 stolen bases, one more than his 2011 total. He had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the Braves' two-run sixth.

He said he is running more "to put pressure on the defense."

"If I get the base, even if they don't throw it away, it's still a man on third with one out," Heyward said.

Cristhian Martinez (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the Braves, who remained one game behind first-place Washington in the NL East.

Heyward scored on Chad Beck's balk in the sixth to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.

"It wasn't a balk," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said tersely.

Heyward was on third as Simmons tried to steal second. Beck turned to throw to second, but no one was covering the bag. Beck then looked to third.

The Blue Jays tied the game in the eighth when Edwin Encarnacion doubled and scored on Yunel Escobar's groundout.

Jose Bautista homered for Toronto.

Both teams stranded a runner at third in the ninth.

Rajai Davis led off the inning with an infield single off Craig Kimbrel and stole second as pinch-hitter David Cooper struck out. Davis also stole third before Kimbrel struck out Lawrie and ended the inning on a fly to left by Colby Rasmus.

Atlanta's Martin Prado doubled to left field off Jason Frasor in the bottom of the ninth and moved to third on Frasor's wild pitch before Dan Uggla struck out to end the inning.

Toronto pitchers issued seven walks, including four to Uggla. Kyle Drabek gave up three runs and six hits and walked four in five innings.

Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy also was wild. He gave up two runs and three hits and issued a season-high five walks in five-plus innings.

Drabek began the night third in the American League with 41 walks and added two in the third inning to help the Braves take a 1-0 lead. Beachy, who had two hits, singled and moved to third on Michael Bourn's double. Drabek loaded the bases by walking Brian McCann with two outs before also walking Uggla to force in Beachy.

"We walked in a run and the winning run scores on an error," Farrell said.

Beachy couldn't retire a batter in the sixth. Bautista's 16th homer, into the seats in left field, tied the score at 1. Beachy gave up a single to Encarnacion and a walk to Kelly Johnson, his final batter. Encarnacion scored later in the inning on Arencibia's grounder.

Freddie Freeman, who had been out since bruising his left index finger Wednesday, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and remained in the game at first base.

The Braves retired John Smoltz's No. 29 in a pregame ceremony. Smoltz also threw out the first pitch, which he later confirmed was a four-seam fastball to McCann.

During his speech, Smoltz mentioned Farrell, who was Boston's pitching coach in 2009 when Smoltz pitched for the Red Sox during his final season.


  • Blue Jays 1B coach Torey Lovullo was away from the team for personal reasons. Coaching assistant Luis Rivera filled in.
  • Attendance was 42,488.
  • Braves 3B Chipper Jones (bruised left calf) had one hit and two walks as he began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rome. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jones' assignment could last three days.
  • Encarnacion, who had been out since he was hit by a pitch on his right wrist Sunday, started at first base.
  • Davis started in LF after missing one game with a jammed left middle finger.
  • Toronto rookie RHP Drew Hutchison (5-2) will face RHP Tommy Hanson (6-4) on Saturday.
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Jason Heyward steals third base and then comes around to score the Braves' winning run on a throwing error in the 10th. (Getty Images)
Jason Heyward steals third base and then comes around to score the Braves' winning run on a throwing error in the 10th. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

J. Heyward
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Toronto Blue Jays
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Colby Rasmus, CF5000013 .240
Jose Bautista, RF4111111 .229
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4220101 .284
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010122 .251
Yunel Escobar, SS3001122 .253
J.P. Arencibia, C4001021 .226
Rajai Davis, LF3010101 .256
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    Chad Beck, P0000000 .000
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    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
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   b- David Cooper, PH1000010 .356
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
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b-struck out for Oliver in the 9th
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (11, O'Flaherty)
HR - Jose Bautista (16, Beachy)
SH - Yunel Escobar (2)
RBI - Jose Bautista (41), Yunel Escobar (18), J.P. Arencibia (30)
SB - Kelly Johnson (7, 2nd base off Beachy/McCann), Rajai Davis 2 (14, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann, 3rd base off Kimbrel/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Encarnacion
E - J.P. Arencibia (4, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
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Luis Perez 0.1000100 3.25
Chad Beck 0.2000010 0.00
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Darren Oliver 1000010 1.80
Jason Frasor 1100020 4.29
Francisco Cordero (L,1-4) 0.1110000 5.70
IBB - McCann by Carlos Villanueva
WP - Jason Frasor (2)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Drabek 9-4, Carlos Villanueva 1-1, Darren Oliver 2-0, Jason Frasor 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Drabek 23, Luis Perez 2, Chad Beck 2, Carlos Villanueva 6, Darren Oliver 3, Jason Frasor 4, Francisco Cordero 2
Atlanta Braves
Michael Bourn, CF5030000 .310
Martin Prado, 3B5020003 .326
Brian McCann, C3000212 .244
Dan Uggla, 2B1101411 .266
Jason Heyward, RF5221007 .250
Eric Hinske, 1B2000000 .215
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000001 .242
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   b- Juan Francisco, PH1000013 .228
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
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Andrelton Simmons, SS3000101 .286
Brandon Beachy, P2120000 .192
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   d- David Ross, PH0000000 .245
   e- Freddie Freeman, PH-1B2000022 .250
Jose Constanza, LF4000003 .207
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b-struck out for Venters in the 7th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Cr. Martinez in the 10th
d-announced for Durbin in the 6th
e-struck out for Ross in the 6th
2B - Michael Bourn 2 (12, Drabek, Villanueva), Martin Prado (17, Frasor), Jason Heyward (9, Drabek), Brandon Beachy (1, Drabek)
SH - Jack Wilson (3)
RBI - Dan Uggla (38), Jason Heyward (29)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (17)
SB - Jason Heyward (10, off Cordero/Arencibia)
CS - Michael Bourn (7, 2nd base by Drabek/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 10
Atlanta Braves
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Chad Durbin 1000000 4.64
Jonny Venters (H,12) 1000110 3.13
Eric O'Flaherty (BS,3) 1111000 3.97
Craig Kimbrel 1100020 1.64
Cristhian Martinez (W,3-1) 1000120 3.64
IBB - Davis by Brandon Beachy
WP - Brandon Beachy (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 108-62, Chad Durbin 8-6, Jonny Venters 12-7, Eric O'Flaherty 20-11, Craig Kimbrel 15-12, Cristhian Martinez 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 4-5, Chad Durbin 2-1, Jonny Venters 2-0, Eric O'Flaherty 3-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 23, Chad Durbin 3, Jonny Venters 4, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Craig Kimbrel 4, Cristhian Martinez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42488
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jerry Layne