Stroman sharp as Blue Jays knock Braves out of NL East lead

ATLANTA (AP) A rejuvenated Marcus Stroman outlasted Julio Teheran by forcing the Braves to consistently hit grounders.

Toronto's batters did their part in a decisive eighth inning.

Russell Martin's sharp single in Toronto's five-run eighth drove in the go-ahead run, Stroman pitched seven strong innings, and the Blue Jays beat Atlanta 6-2 on Tuesday night to knock the Braves out of first place.

Stroman (2-6) frustrated the Braves by mixing his cutter and slider and recording 14 of his 21 outs on the ground.

''When I'm pairing the cutter and slider it makes it pretty hard on the hitters,'' Stroman said.

Stroman said he has felt strong since returning from the disabled list on June 23. The Blue Jays have won three of his four starts since he missed six weeks with right shoulder fatigue.

''It was an outstanding effort,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''It doesn't surprise me. I think he has rounded back into shape the way we've seen him so many times.''

Stroman gave up one run and six hits with two walks in seven innings.

The Braves, who have lost six of their last seven, fell to second in the NL East after beginning the day tied with Philadelphia for the lead. The Phillies beat the Mets 7-3. Atlanta held at least a share of first since May 30.

Toronto was limited to three hits through seven innings by Teheran and Jesse Biddle, and the game was tied 1-1. The Blue Jays broke out with five hits off A.J. Minter (3-2) and Shane Carle in the eighth.

Aledmys Diaz doubled in two runs before scoring on a double by Devon Travis. Kevin Pillar had a run-scoring single in the big inning, which opened with a fielding error by Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson on Yangervis Solarte's grounder.

Teheran stranded two baserunners in each of the first two innings before giving up Justin Smoak's 13th homer with one out in the third.

Toronto protected the 1-0 lead until the sixth. Kurt Suzuki's single off Stroman (2-6) drove in Ozzie Albies, who opened the inning with a bunt single.

Teheran allowed one run and three hits with three walks in 6 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson, on the DL since May 29 with tightness in his left calf, has resumed baseball activities. ... Gibbons said he couldn't confirm reports that top prospect 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. could be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo when he returns from a minor left knee injury. ... RHP Aaron Sanchez (right index finger) threw in the outfield with no issues and will next advance to throwing off a mound. ... RHP Ryan Tepera (right elbow inflammation) threw off a mound.

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna was 0 for 4 after being held out of the lineup two straight days with left groin tightness. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (right knee tendinitis) is ''not coming around like we hoped right now,'' said manager Brian Snitker. McCarthy was placed on the 10-day DL on June 28.

NO RELIEF

Minter gave up four runs, three earned, while recording only one out.

''I just felt I didn't have my A-plus stuff,'' said Minter after seeing his ERA climb from 2.68 to 3.38. ''I think I made a couple bad 0-2 pitches and 1-2 pitches. ... They made me pay for it so you have to tip your cap to them.''

FLASHBACK

Stroman earned his second win in Atlanta in two seasons. He threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings and hit his first career homer in a 9-0 win over the Braves on May 18, 2017.

This time, he singled in his first at-bat in the second, clearing enjoying the opportunity to swing the bat. ''I'm just trying to be aggressive in the box,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in five career interleague games, including four starts, entering Wednesday night's game against the Braves.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz will start on regular rest against the Blue Jays. There was consideration of pushing back the start, but additional rest might have left Foltynewicz unable to participate in his first All-Star game on July 17.

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  • W: M. Stroman (2-6)L: A. Minter (3-2)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (13)
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A. Diaz SS-3B41120000.240.275.401.6765.0
D. Travis 2B40110011.229.282.371.6532.5
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  • a-grounded out for Granderson in the 7th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Stroman in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40000013.244.315.340.655-0.5
O. Albies 2B42300000.285.324.514.8387.0
F. Freeman 1B30000122.312.404.538.9420.0
N. Markakis RF40200012.324.391.493.8842.5
K. Suzuki C40120001.275.343.455.7983.0
J. Camargo 3B40000022.248.348.431.779-1.0
R. Acuna LF40000020.261.317.458.775-1.0
D. Swanson SS30100100.247.300.403.7032.0
J. Teheran P20100000.174.167.174.3411.0
J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
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b- C. Culberson PH10000010.269.324.438.761-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Biddle in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Carle in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Diaz (11), D. Travis (6)
  • HR - J. Smoak (13)
  • RBI - J. Smoak (46), R. Martin (17), K. Pillar (33), A. Diaz 2 (22), D. Travis (19)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (28)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki 2 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Grichuk (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Solarte-Smoak)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - J. Camargo (4), F. Freeman (5), D. Swanson (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman (W, 2-6)7.06112505.901.5224.5
A. Loup0.12110104.111.47-2.5
S. Oh0.20000102.951.050.5
T. Clippard1.00000203.091.084.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman (W, 2-6)7.0
A. Loup0.1
S. Oh0.2
T. Clippard1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran6.23113514.261.2216.5
J. Biddle0.10000002.411.190.0
A. Minter (L, 3-2)0.13430003.381.31-11.0
S. Carle1.22111102.831.17-0.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran6.2
J. Biddle0.1
A. Minter (L, 3-2)0.1
S. Carle1.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 93-60, A. Loup 11-8, S. Oh 6-4, T. Clippard 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 14-1, S. Oh 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, A. Loup 3, S. Oh 2, T. Clippard 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Carle (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 107-68, J. Biddle 6-5, A. Minter 25-15, S. Carle 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 9-7, J. Biddle 1-0, A. Minter 1-1, S. Carle 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 27, J. Biddle, A. Minter 5, S. Carle 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson LF20000112.244.353.446.7990.5
a- T. Hernandez PH-LF20000001.256.305.502.8070.0
Y. Solarte 3B40100001.250.309.442.7501.0
L. Gurriel PR-SS11000000.226.242.376.6181.0
J. Smoak 1B41111122.241.362.458.8206.0
R. Grichuk RF41100102.204.274.442.7165.0
R. Martin C41110012.173.325.286.6112.5
K. Pillar CF41110000.243.276.402.6783.0
A. Diaz SS-3B41120000.240.275.401.6765.0
D. Travis 2B40110011.229.282.371.6532.5
M. Stroman P30100010.333.333.333.6670.5
b- K. Morales PH00000100.243.308.428.7361.0
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  • a-grounded out for Granderson in the 7th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Stroman in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40000013.244.315.340.655-0.5
O. Albies 2B42300000.285.324.514.8387.0
F. Freeman 1B30000122.312.404.538.9420.0
N. Markakis RF40200012.324.391.493.8842.5
K. Suzuki C40120001.275.343.455.7983.0
J. Camargo 3B40000022.248.348.431.779-1.0
R. Acuna LF40000020.261.317.458.775-1.0
D. Swanson SS30100100.247.300.403.7032.0
J. Teheran P20100000.174.167.174.3411.0
J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
a- R. Flaherty PH10000000.248.329.336.6650.0
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Culberson PH10000010.269.324.438.761-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Biddle in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Carle in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Diaz (11), D. Travis (6)
  • HR - J. Smoak (13)
  • RBI - J. Smoak (46), R. Martin (17), K. Pillar (33), A. Diaz 2 (22), D. Travis (19)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (28)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki 2 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Suzuki (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Grichuk (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Solarte-Smoak)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - J. Camargo (4), F. Freeman (5), D. Swanson (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Stroman (W, 2-6)7.06112505.901.5224.5
A. Loup0.12110104.111.47-2.5
S. Oh0.20000102.951.050.5
T. Clippard1.00000203.091.084.0
Total9.0822290---
PITCHERSIP
M. Stroman (W, 2-6)7.0
A. Loup0.1
S. Oh0.2
T. Clippard1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran6.23113514.261.2216.5
J. Biddle0.10000002.411.190.0
A. Minter (L, 3-2)0.13430003.381.31-11.0
S. Carle1.22111102.831.17-0.5
Total9.0865461---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran6.2
J. Biddle0.1
A. Minter (L, 3-2)0.1
S. Carle1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 93-60, A. Loup 11-8, S. Oh 6-4, T. Clippard 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 14-1, S. Oh 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, A. Loup 3, S. Oh 2, T. Clippard 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Carle (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 107-68, J. Biddle 6-5, A. Minter 25-15, S. Carle 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 9-7, J. Biddle 1-0, A. Minter 1-1, S. Carle 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 27, J. Biddle, A. Minter 5, S. Carle 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Suzuki grounded out to shortstop, Albies scored62
    Travis doubled to deep left, Diaz scored61
    Diaz doubled to right, Martin and Pillar scored51
    Pillar singled to right, Grichuk scored, Martin to third31
    Martin singled to left, Gurriel scored, Grichuk to second21
  • 6TH INNING
    Suzuki singled to left, Albies scored11
  • 3RD INNING
    Smoak homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Clippard relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Swanson popped out to first
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Shane Carle
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte safe at first on shortstop Swanson fielding error
    • Lourdes Gurriel ran for Yangervis Solarte
    • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel to second on 1st baseman Freeman fielding error, Foul, Ball, Smoak popped out to first
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk singled to center, Gurriel to third
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to left, Gurriel scored, Grichuk to second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grichuk stole third, Pillar singled to right, Grichuk scored, Martin to third
    • Shane Carle relieved A.J. Minter
    • A. Diaz: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Diaz doubled to right, Martin and Pillar scored
    • D. Travis: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Travis doubled to deep left, Diaz scored
    • Kendrys Morales hit for Marcus Stroman
    • K. Morales: Morales intentionally walked
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Morales out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • Aaron Loup pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Albies singled to center
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Markakis doubled to center, Albies to third
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Aaron Loup
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop, Albies scored
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Travis grounded out to first
    • M. Stroman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stroman grounded out to shortstop
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Julio Teheran
    • Teoscar Hernandez hit for Curtis Granderson
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson singled to center
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Jesse Biddle
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Flaherty grounded out to second, Swanson to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Martin flied out to right
    • K. Pillar: Pillar popped out to third
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies stole second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to pitcher, Albies to third
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to left, Albies scored
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • M. Stroman: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stroman struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
    • Y. Solarte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Solarte flied out to left
    • J. Smoak: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Granderson to second
    • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Camargo grounded out to first
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • J. Teheran: Foul, Teheran singled to right, Swanson to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike looking, Inciarte struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar lined out to center
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Albies reached on an infield single to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman reached on fielder's choice to second, Albies out at second
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to shallow left, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded into double play third to first, Freeman out at third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak homered to center
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Martin lined out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Teheran grounded out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz safe at first on 3rd baseman Camargo fielding error
    • D. Travis: Travis reached on fielder's choice to second, Diaz out at second
    • M. Stroman: Stroman singled to center, Travis to second
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • J. Camargo: Camargo grounded out to first
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Granderson flied out to center
    • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte singled to deep right center
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk walked, Solarte to second
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Martin struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Stroman Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Freeman: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)