Swanson, Freeman go deep to lift Braves over Blue Jays 9-5

TORONTO (AP) Braves manager Brian Snitker calls first baseman Freddie Freeman ''a boring professional.''

Snitker's only half right. These days, there's plenty of excitement whenever Freeman swings the bat.

Dansby Swanson hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, Freeman added a two-run shot and the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday, sweeping their two-game series.

Swanson snapped a 5-all tie with a leadoff drive to center off Danny Barnes (0-1).

''I felt like I hit it so well that you kind of don't even feel it,'' Swanson said. ''You just catch it right on the sweet spot.''

Freeman hit his NL-leading 14th home run, matching Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for most in the majors. It was Freeman's second homer in two games.

Freeman, who has four home runs in seven games at Rogers Centre, has said playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic helped him get off to a strong start this season.

''I've felt locked in since March,'' Freeman said. ''I guess I've got to go play winter ball (next year).''

Swanson said the ultra-consistent Freeman is ''a joy to watch.''

''It's truly remarkable what he's able to do,'' Swanson said. ''He doesn't change anything ever. He's so good at staying within himself, understanding what he does best and going up there and doing that. He does it day in and day out.''

Matt Kemp had two hits and four RBIs for the Braves, who have won four of five after losing eight of their previous nine.

''We've been swinging the bats well and the pitching is coming around,'' Freeman said. ''We're all starting to play together.''

Kevin Pillar homered and had two hits for Toronto. Pillar's sixth homer, a solo shot off Jamie Garcia, was his ML-leading 51st hit.

The Blue Jays have lost two straight following a season-high five game winning streak.

''We just couldn't stop their offense,'' manager John Gibbons said.

Jose Ramirez (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win.

Kemp hit a two-run single in the first and the Braves took a 3-0 lead on Jace Peterson's RBI single in the fourth.

Garcia held Toronto hitless until Pillar doubled to begin the fourth. Justin Smoak drew a two-out walk and both runners scored on a double by Devon Travis.

Freeman made it 5-2 by connecting off Marco Estrada in the fifth, but Pillar replied with his homer in the bottom half.

Toronto chased Garcia and tied it in the sixth. Ramirez came on after Smoak's one-out walk and gave up a double to Travis, an RBI single to Darwin Barney and an RBI groundout by Ezequiel Carrera.

The Blue Jays put runners at first and second with none out against Arodys Vizcaino in the eighth but couldn't score. Travis struck out after failing to get a bunt down and Barney lined into a double play with pinch-runner Darrell Ceciliani doubled off second.

OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE

The Blue Jays are 1-6 in interleague play.

KING OF THE ROAD

Swanson went 2 for 4 to finish the road trip at 9 for 23 (.391). He has at least one hit in eight straight games, and has reached safely in 18 of 19.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE

Travis has 12 doubles this month, a new Blue Jays record for doubles in a month by a second baseman. Aaron Hill had 11 in September, 2009.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: OF Emilio Bonifacio was sent home Monday suffering from the same illness that bothered RHP Bartolo Colon. Bonifacio did not participate in batting practice Tuesday, but was expected to report to the stadium later in the game.

Blue Jays: Toronto recalled Ceciliani from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RHP Leonel Campos to Triple-A. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) went 0 for 2 with a walk in a rehab game at Class A Dunedin. He's expected to come off the DL on Thursday. ... LHP Francisco Liriano (shoulder) played catch Monday and is expected to try throwing off the mound later this week. ... LF Steve Pearce (right calf) will head to Florida on Wednesday to continue his rehab at Toronto's spring training facility.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-4, 4.04) is coming off his first win in six starts this season, giving up one run in six innings against Miami on May 12.

Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (1-1, 2.28) will make his third start since joining the rotation. Biagini pitched five shutout innings to beat Seattle for his first win of the season on May 12.

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BravesATL15-21
2001201039150
Blue JaysTOR17-23
000212000571
  • W: J. Ramirez (2-1)L: D. Barnes (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (14), D. Swanson (3), TOR - K. Pillar (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF51200010.256.314.404.7172.5
B. Phillips 2B52200002.277.312.387.6996.0
F. Freeman 1B42221112.343.457.7541.2118.5
M. Kemp LF51240010.348.381.616.9977.5
N. Markakis DH50310010.319.399.413.8123.5
T. Flowers C41100003.347.473.413.8863.0
D. Santana RF40000015.132.175.237.412-0.5
J. Peterson 3B40110002.216.318.297.6152.0
D. Swanson SS42211021.194.269.279.5487.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF52211011.313.365.509.8748.5
    J. Bautista RF30000111.193.320.338.6580.5
    K. Morales DH40100012.238.288.427.7140.5
    D. Ceciliani PR-DH0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Smoak 1B12000300.281.345.531.8765.0
    D. Travis 2B41220012.205.239.339.5778.5
    D. Barney 3B30110102.289.322.373.6955.0
    E. Carrera LF40010013.302.327.425.7520.5
    R. Goins SS40000001.208.267.333.6000.0
    L. Maile C20000000.030.111.030.1410.0
    a- C. Coghlan PH10000010.180.263.260.523-0.5
    M. Ohlman C10100000.250.250.250.5001.0
    • a-struck out for Maile in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Phillips 2 (7), M. Kemp (12)
    • HR - F. Freeman (14), D. Swanson (3)
    • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (25), M. Kemp 4 (22), N. Markakis (19), J. Peterson (7), D. Swanson (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp 2 (13), N. Markakis (8), J. Peterson (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Pillar (12), D. Travis 2 (14)
    • HR - K. Pillar (6)
    • RBI - K. Pillar (12), D. Travis 2 (10), D. Barney (7), E. Carrera (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Pillar (3), D. Travis 2 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - F. Freeman (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Travis (4), D. Barney (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - D. Swanson, F. Freeman, B. Phillips
    FIELDING
    • DP - D. Barney, J. Smoak, D. Travis
    • E - J. Bautista (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Garcia5.13444414.651.316.0
    J. Ramirez (W, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.22110101.531.207.5
    A. Vizcaino (H, 6)1.01001102.932.001.5
    J. Johnson1.01000003.601.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Garcia5.1
    J. Ramirez (W, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.2
    A. Vizcaino (H, 6)1.0
    J. Johnson1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada6.08550513.601.337.5
    D. Barnes (L, 0-1)0.21110111.931.50-6.5
    R. Tepera1.12000103.331.501.5
    J. Smith0.22221002.894.50-5.0
    R. Osuna0.12110003.526.00-3.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada6.0
    D. Barnes (L, 0-1)0.2
    R. Tepera1.1
    J. Smith0.2
    R. Osuna0.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Vizcaino (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 85-50, J. Ramirez 29-20, A. Vizcaino 13-7, J. Johnson 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 9-2, J. Ramirez 2-2, J. Johnson 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 22, J. Ramirez 7, A. Vizcaino 4, J. Johnson 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Smith
    • HBP - R. Tepera (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 93-70, D. Barnes 11-9, R. Tepera 27-16, J. Smith 6-5, R. Osuna 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-8, R. Tepera 1-1, J. Smith 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, D. Barnes 3, R. Tepera 6, J. Smith 4, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BravesATL15-21
    2001201039150
    Blue JaysTOR17-23
    000212000571
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Inciarte CF51200010.256.314.404.7172.5
    B. Phillips 2B52200002.277.312.387.6996.0
    F. Freeman 1B42221112.343.457.7541.2118.5
    M. Kemp LF51240010.348.381.616.9977.5
    N. Markakis DH50310010.319.399.413.8123.5
    T. Flowers C41100003.347.473.413.8863.0
    D. Santana RF40000015.132.175.237.412-0.5
    J. Peterson 3B40110002.216.318.297.6152.0
    D. Swanson SS42211021.194.269.279.5487.0
    Total40915921715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Pillar CF52211011.313.365.509.8748.5
      J. Bautista RF30000111.193.320.338.6580.5
      K. Morales DH40100012.238.288.427.7140.5
      D. Ceciliani PR-DH0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Smoak 1B12000300.281.345.531.8765.0
      D. Travis 2B41220012.205.239.339.5778.5
      D. Barney 3B30110102.289.322.373.6955.0
      E. Carrera LF40010013.302.327.425.7520.5
      R. Goins SS40000001.208.267.333.6000.0
      L. Maile C20000000.030.111.030.1410.0
      a- C. Coghlan PH10000010.180.263.260.523-0.5
      M. Ohlman C10100000.250.250.250.5001.0
      Total3257515612-----
      • a-struck out for Maile in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Phillips 2 (7), M. Kemp (12)
      • HR - F. Freeman (14), D. Swanson (3)
      • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (25), M. Kemp 4 (22), N. Markakis (19), J. Peterson (7), D. Swanson (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp 2 (13), N. Markakis (8), J. Peterson (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Pillar (12), D. Travis 2 (14)
      • HR - K. Pillar (6)
      • RBI - K. Pillar (12), D. Travis 2 (10), D. Barney (7), E. Carrera (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Pillar (3), D. Travis 2 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Freeman (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Travis (4), D. Barney (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Swanson, F. Freeman, B. Phillips
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Barney, J. Smoak, D. Travis
      • E - J. Bautista (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Garcia5.13444414.651.316.0
      J. Ramirez (W, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.22110101.531.207.5
      A. Vizcaino (H, 6)1.01001102.932.001.5
      J. Johnson1.01000003.601.002.0
      Total9.0755561---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Garcia5.1
      J. Ramirez (W, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.2
      A. Vizcaino (H, 6)1.0
      J. Johnson1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada6.08550513.601.337.5
      D. Barnes (L, 0-1)0.21110111.931.50-6.5
      R. Tepera1.12000103.331.501.5
      J. Smith0.22221002.894.50-5.0
      R. Osuna0.12110003.526.00-3.0
      Total9.01599172---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada6.0
      D. Barnes (L, 0-1)0.2
      R. Tepera1.1
      J. Smith0.2
      R. Osuna0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Vizcaino (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 85-50, J. Ramirez 29-20, A. Vizcaino 13-7, J. Johnson 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 9-2, J. Ramirez 2-2, J. Johnson 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 22, J. Ramirez 7, A. Vizcaino 4, J. Johnson 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Smith
      • HBP - R. Tepera (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 93-70, D. Barnes 11-9, R. Tepera 27-16, J. Smith 6-5, R. Osuna 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-8, R. Tepera 1-1, J. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, D. Barnes 3, R. Tepera 6, J. Smith 4, R. Osuna 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Markakis singled to shallow left, Kemp scored, Markakis to second95
        Kemp doubled to deep right center, Swanson and Freeman scored85
      • 7TH INNING
        Swanson homered to center65
      • 6TH INNING
        Carrera grounded out to second, Travis scored, Barney to second55
        Barney singled to center, Smoak scored, Travis to third54
      • 5TH INNING
        Pillar homered to left center53
        Freeman homered to center, Phillips scored52
      • 4TH INNING
        Travis doubled to left center, Pillar and Smoak scored32
        Peterson singled to shallow right, Flowers scored, Peterson to third on right fielder Bautista fielding error30
      • 1ST INNING
        Kemp singled to left, Inciarte and Phillips scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Smith Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson singled to right
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte singled to center, Swanson to second
        • B. Phillips: Phillips grounded into double play third to second to first, Swanson to third, Inciarte out at second
        • F. Freeman: Freeman intentionally walked
        • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Kemp doubled to deep right center, Swanson and Freeman scored
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to shallow left, Kemp scored, Markakis to second
        • T. Flowers: Foul, Flowers flied out to shallow center
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Johnson Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Carrera grounded out to second
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goins grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Ohlman: Ohlman singled to shallow left
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Tepera Pitching:
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to right
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers hit by pitch, Markakis to second
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Santana flied out to center
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Peterson grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Vizcaino Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Morales singled to shallow left center
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ceciliani to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Ball, Barney lined into double play second to shortstop, Ceciliani out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Barnes Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson homered to center
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Phillips lined out to right
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to center
        • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • C. Coghlan: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Coghlan struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar flied out to deep center
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • T. Flowers: Flowers flied out to right
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peterson grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked
        • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis doubled to deep right center, Smoak to third
        • D. Barney: Foul, Ball, Foul, Barney singled to center, Smoak scored, Travis to third
        • E. Carrera: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carrera grounded out to second, Travis scored, Barney to second
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Ball, Goins flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to first
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Foul, Phillips doubled to right
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman homered to center, Phillips scored
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to third
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goins flied out to left
        • L. Maile: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maile flied out to right
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar homered to left center
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers singled to center
        • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana grounded out to pitcher, Flowers to second
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Peterson singled to shallow right, Flowers scored, Peterson to third on right fielder Bautista fielding error
        • D. Swanson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar doubled to deep left
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to third, Pillar to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • D. Travis: Travis doubled to left center, Pillar and Smoak scored
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barney walked
        • E. Carrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Travis stole third Barney to second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips lined out to right
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman flied out to deep left
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Carrera grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Maile: Ball, Maile grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • J. Peterson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peterson flied out to deep center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak grounded out to second
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Travis grounded out to second
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barney grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Phillips doubled to deep left, Inciarte to third
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Kemp singled to left, Inciarte and Phillips scored
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis singled to shallow left, Kemp to second
        • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers flied out to left
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Santana flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bautista out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)