Stroman hits first HR; Blue Jays top Teheran, Braves 9-0

ATLANTA (AP) John Gibbons thought Marcus Stroman might be the perfect choice to stop the Toronto Blue Jays' skid after three straight losses to Atlanta.

The manager didn't expect Stroman to provide such a lift with his bat, though.

Stroman threw 5 2/3 strong innings and hit the second homer by a pitcher in Blue Jays history to lead Toronto over Julio Teheran and the Braves 9-0 on Thursday night.

''Stroman has a way of doing something if we need something desperately,'' Gibbons said. ''He comes through.''

Stroman had a pinch-hit double against St. Louis on April 25 but was shocked by his opposite-field homer on an 0-2 pitch from Teheran in the fourth inning.

''I've never hit an opposite-field homer, even in batting practice, in my life,'' he said.

Darrell Ceciliani, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, had a run-scoring double in the first and a two-run homer in the third before leaving with a left shoulder injury. Ceciliani started in center field after Kevin Pillar was suspended two games without pay for yelling an anti-gay slur at Braves reliever Jason Motte during Wednesday night's game.

Teheran hit Jose Bautista with a pitch in the first inning, a day after Bautista's bat flip following a home run drew criticism from the Braves. Teheran's first pitch to Bautista was inside. The second pitch hit Bautista's thigh. Bautista walked to first base as home plate umpire Paul Emmel issued warnings to both benches.

Bautista had two hits, including a double.

Teheran (3-4) allowed a career-high nine runs in three-plus innings in his fourth straight home loss.

The Braves, who scored eight or more runs in three straight wins over Toronto with Freddie Freeman in the lineup, saw their offense disappear after learning the first baseman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

Freeman was hurt when hit by a pitch from Toronto's Aaron Loup in Wednesday night's 8-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Freeman wore a green cast Thursday as he watched the game from the dugout.

Kendrys Morales drove in two runs with four hits. Luke Maile and Stroman hit back-to-back homers in the fourth.

Stroman (4-2) allowed seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. He improved to 6-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 12 career interleague games, including nine starts.

Teheran suffered through another ugly start at SunTrust Park, allowing nine hits, including three homers. He is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in four road starts and 1-4 with a 10.50 ERA in five home starts.

''I felt good, which is what makes it so disappointing,'' Teheran said. ''I didn't do my job. I don't know what it is here. I don't know what is happening.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Ceciliani grabbed his left shoulder soon after his home-run swing. He appeared to be in pain as he ran the bases and didn't return in the bottom of the inning. The team said he has a possible left shoulder subluxation. Gibbons said he expects Ceciliani will be placed on the disabled list.

Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia was wearing a walking boot two days after he was placed on the 10-day DL with left Achilles tendon tendinitis.

MR. VERSATILITY

Atlanta's Jace Peterson made his first career start at first base. He became the NL's first player to start at every infield position other than catcher this season. He has made starts at second base, shortstop, third base and left field.

HOMER HISTORY

Stroman's first career homer was the first by a Toronto pitcher since Mark Hendrickson's shot against Montreal on June 21, 2003.

ROSTER MOVE

Dwight Smith Jr., the son of the former outfielder who played for four teams, including the Braves, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Pillar on the roster. Smith entered the game in left field in the third when Ceciliani left and had a walk in three plate appearances.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1) is 5-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 14 games, including nine starts, against the Orioles. He is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA at Baltimore's Camden Yards.

Braves: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-3) will make his second start of the season against Washington. He allowed three runs in seven innings in a 3-2 home loss to the Nationals on April 20.

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  • W: M. Stroman (4-2)L: J. Teheran (3-4)
  • HR: TOR - D. Ceciliani (1), M. Stroman (1), L. Maile (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bautista RF42200001.216.337.386.7236.0
K. Morales 1B52420001.255.302.443.7459.0
D. Ceciliani CF22231000.400.4001.2001.60011.0
D. Smith LF20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
C. Coghlan 2B40220113.200.286.291.5775.5
D. Barney 3B50000006.264.295.341.6350.0
R. Goins SS50000033.190.246.305.550-1.5
L. Maile C41111001.075.140.150.2906.0
M. Stroman P31111010.500.5001.5002.0005.5
R. Tepera P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Grilli P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Inciarte CF40100020.261.315.400.7150.0
    B. Phillips 2B20100100.282.326.395.7212.0
    D. Santana 2B10000000.125.167.225.3920.0
    N. Markakis RF40100013.315.392.404.7960.5
    M. Kemp LF40100021.336.373.588.9610.0
    I. Krol P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Flowers C40100021.342.464.418.8821.0
    J. Peterson 1B40100022.210.312.284.5960.0
    D. Swanson SS40100012.190.261.270.5320.5
    R. Ruiz 3B30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
    J. Collmenter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    E. Bonifacio LF10000000.172.194.276.4690.0
    J. Teheran P10000000.118.118.118.2350.0
    S. Freeman P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Camargo SS10000000.167.167.167.3330.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bautista (8), K. Morales (7), D. Ceciliani, C. Coghlan (2)
      • HR - D. Ceciliani, L. Maile, M. Stroman
      • RBI - K. Morales 2 (23), D. Ceciliani 3 (3), C. Coghlan 2 (5), L. Maile, M. Stroman
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Flowers (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Swanson, J. Peterson, B. Phillips
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (W, 4-2)5.27001603.001.4117.0
      R. Tepera1.10000103.160.003.5
      J. Smith1.00000302.750.004.5
      J. Grilli1.00000106.750.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (W, 4-2)5.2
      R. Tepera1.1
      J. Smith1.0
      J. Grilli1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Teheran (L, 3-4)3.08991235.473.00-13.0
      S. Freeman3.03001300.001.336.5
      J. Collmenter2.01001105.631.004.5
      I. Krol1.00001107.161.002.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Teheran (L, 3-4)3.0
      S. Freeman3.0
      J. Collmenter2.0
      I. Krol1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 103-69, R. Tepera 15-10, J. Smith 15-10, J. Grilli 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-1, R. Tepera 1-2, J. Grilli 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, R. Tepera 4, J. Smith 3, J. Grilli 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Teheran (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 69-46, S. Freeman 46-33, J. Collmenter 34-23, I. Krol 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 3-4, S. Freeman 4-1, J. Collmenter 3-2, I. Krol 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 19, S. Freeman 12, J. Collmenter 8, I. Krol 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Blue JaysTOR18-24
      3033000009120
      BravesATL16-22
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      E. Carrera CF31000200.297.339.414.7533.0
      J. Bautista RF42200001.216.337.386.7236.0
      K. Morales 1B52420001.255.302.443.7459.0
      D. Ceciliani CF22231000.400.4001.2001.60011.0
      D. Smith LF20000110.000.333.000.3330.5
      C. Coghlan 2B40220113.200.286.291.5775.5
      D. Barney 3B50000006.264.295.341.6350.0
      R. Goins SS50000033.190.246.305.550-1.5
      L. Maile C41111001.075.140.150.2906.0
      M. Stroman P31111010.500.5001.5002.0005.5
      R. Tepera P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      J. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Grilli P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        E. Inciarte CF40100020.261.315.400.7150.0
        B. Phillips 2B20100100.282.326.395.7212.0
        D. Santana 2B10000000.125.167.225.3920.0
        N. Markakis RF40100013.315.392.404.7960.5
        M. Kemp LF40100021.336.373.588.9610.0
        I. Krol P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Flowers C40100021.342.464.418.8821.0
        J. Peterson 1B40100022.210.312.284.5960.0
        D. Swanson SS40100012.190.261.270.5320.5
        R. Ruiz 3B30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
        J. Collmenter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        E. Bonifacio LF10000000.172.194.276.4690.0
        J. Teheran P10000000.118.118.118.2350.0
        S. Freeman P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        J. Camargo SS10000000.167.167.167.3330.0
        Total35070011112-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bautista (8), K. Morales (7), D. Ceciliani, C. Coghlan (2)
          • HR - D. Ceciliani, L. Maile, M. Stroman
          • RBI - K. Morales 2 (23), D. Ceciliani 3 (3), C. Coghlan 2 (5), L. Maile, M. Stroman
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Flowers (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - D. Swanson, J. Peterson, B. Phillips
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman (W, 4-2)5.27001603.001.4117.0
          R. Tepera1.10000103.160.003.5
          J. Smith1.00000302.750.004.5
          J. Grilli1.00000106.750.003.5
          Total9.07001110---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman (W, 4-2)5.2
          R. Tepera1.1
          J. Smith1.0
          J. Grilli1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Teheran (L, 3-4)3.08991235.473.00-13.0
          S. Freeman3.03001300.001.336.5
          J. Collmenter2.01001105.631.004.5
          I. Krol1.00001107.161.002.5
          Total9.01299473---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Teheran (L, 3-4)3.0
          S. Freeman3.0
          J. Collmenter2.0
          I. Krol1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 103-69, R. Tepera 15-10, J. Smith 15-10, J. Grilli 7-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-1, R. Tepera 1-2, J. Grilli 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 25, R. Tepera 4, J. Smith 3, J. Grilli 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Teheran (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 69-46, S. Freeman 46-33, J. Collmenter 34-23, I. Krol 16-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 3-4, S. Freeman 4-1, J. Collmenter 3-2, I. Krol 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 19, S. Freeman 12, J. Collmenter 8, I. Krol 4
          • 4TH INNING
            Morales singled to center, Carrera scored, Bautista to second90
            Stroman homered to right center80
            Maile homered to left70
          • 3RD INNING
            Ceciliani homered to right, Morales scored60
            Morales singled to left, Bautista scored40
          • 1ST INNING
            Coghlan doubled to deep right, Morales and Ceciliani scored30
            Ceciliani doubled to deep right, Bautista scored, Morales to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • I. Krol Pitching:
            • : Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Coghlan: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Coghlan walked
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney lined out to left
            • R. Goins: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Grilli Pitching:
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
            • D. Swanson: Swanson lined out to right
            • E. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Collmenter Pitching:
            • R. Tepera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tepera struck out swinging
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carrera walked
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista grounded out to pitcher, Carrera to second
            • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Foul, Morales grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Smith Pitching:
            • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
            • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Collmenter Pitching:
            • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Coghlan singled to left
            • D. Barney: Ball, Foul, Barney fouled out to first
            • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Ball, Goins lined out to third
            • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maile grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Tepera Pitching:
            • J. Camargo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Camargo grounded out to second
            • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Inciarte popped out to third
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Santana lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Freeman Pitching:
            • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carrera grounded out to first
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bautista flied out to shallow center
            • K. Morales: Ball, Morales doubled to left center
            • : Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • M. Kemp: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to first
            • T. Flowers: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Flowers flied out to center
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peterson singled to right
            • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson singled to right, Peterson to second
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Freeman Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to first
            • M. Stroman: Stroman grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ruiz grounded out to second
            • S. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Freeman grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Inciarte: Inciarte reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Phillips singled to center, Inciarte to second
            • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Teheran Pitching:
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Maile homered to left
            • M. Stroman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Stroman homered to right center
            • E. Carrera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carrera walked
            • J. Bautista: Bautista singled to right, Carrera to second
            • K. Morales: Morales singled to center, Carrera scored, Bautista to second
            • : Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, walked, Bautista to third, Morales to second
            • C. Coghlan: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Coghlan struck out swinging
            • D. Barney: Foul, Foul, Barney grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • M. Kemp: Matt Kemp facing Marcus Stroman
            • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp singled to right
            • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
            • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Teheran Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Bautista doubled to deep left
            • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales singled to left, Bautista scored
            • D. Ceciliani: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ceciliani homered to right, Morales scored
            • C. Coghlan: Coghlan flied out to center
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney popped out to shortstop
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Teheran: grounded out to first
            • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, grounded out to third
            • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Phillips walked
            • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Teheran Pitching:
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Maile grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Stroman: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Stroman struck out swinging
            • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Flowers doubled to shallow right
            • J. Peterson: grounded out to first, Flowers to third
            • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
            • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carrera flied out to shallow left
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista hit by pitch
            • K. Morales: Morales singled to left, Bautista to second
            • D. Ceciliani: Strike looking, Ball, Ceciliani doubled to deep right, Bautista scored, Morales to third
            • C. Coghlan: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Coghlan doubled to deep right, Morales and Ceciliani scored
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins lined out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Ceciliani: Darrell Ceciliani facing Julio Teheran
            • D. Ceciliani: Darrell Ceciliani facing Julio Teheran
            • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
            • B. Phillips: Foul, Phillips grounded out to second
            • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis singled to left
            • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)