Swanson hits tiebreaking HR, Braves beat Blue Jays 9-5

But with the Atlanta star in obvious pain, the Braves challenged and the call was reversed. He slid home safely on Swanson's sacrifice fly to center, and Atlanta led 3-0.

"I think you have to because it is a long season", he said. "You just catch it right on the sweet spot".

Another aspect of Freeman's success has been his ability to hit nearly any type of pitcher. "He hit a home run with (the Braves holding) a five-run lead and throws the bat around".

"It's my job. Someone wakes up at 7 o'clock every morning and grinds for their family every day and gets home at 5, that's their job and this is mine", said Barney, who's hitting.288 with a home run, six runs batted in and nine runs in 32 games. I thought we were going to get to Colon a little bit.

"(Freeman) just prepares to play the games, doesn't get too high or too low", Snitker said. "He doesn't change anything ever". "I usually focus on my fastball. He does it day in and day out". We took some good swings off him, we hung around, but they blew it open. The starting pitching hasn't been where we know it's capable of being. Last Friday at BP Toronto, Dave Church wrote about how, in May, Osuna has returned to the pitch mix that he's been most successful with over the last two seasons.

Bautista is of the belief that (over) reacting to home run celebrations is a thing of the past, a view shared by Jays manager John Gibbons.

Ryan Tepera (3-1) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win. Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

Garcia held Toronto hitless until Pillar doubled to begin the fourth.

Justin Smoak - YEAH THAT GUY - hurt the Mariners again, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth.

Toronto closed the gap in the sixth.

Toronto (17-23) erased a 5-3 deficit in the sixth on an RBI single from Barney and a weak grounder from Ezequiel Carrera, which scored Travis. While this isn't a huge outburst, it was a welcome sign to fans who have seen the Jays struggle and produce an offense that's 21st in the majors in runs scored.

Braves pitcher Jason Motte struck Pillar out to end the top of the seventh inning with a quick pitch.

In April, the Blue Jays were second only second to the Milwaukee Brewers in meltdowns, and their bullpen ERA was getting eerily close to 5.00.

They're under.500 [as of writing] and eight games out of first.

Travis has 12 doubles this month, a Blue Jays record for doubles in a month by a second baseman. Atlanta jumped all over Joe Biagini (1-2) the first time up, taking advantage of two walks and a throwing error by the Jays starter. Bonifacio did not participate in batting practice Tuesday, but was expected to report to the stadium later in the game.

Gibbons said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) played in a minor-league game on Monday with class-A Dunedin and should meet the team in Atlanta later this week. With Thursday being the last chance for retribution, shall we expect some fireworks, especially the way things unfolded late in this one? In order for the Braves to try and turn their season around, it will be crucial for the 11-year veteran to keep up this pace of production until the rest of the lineup can find some consistent footing offensively.

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The Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays were going for sweeps in their respective series on Sunday.

Dansby Swanson launched his third home run of the season Tuesday in the Braves' defeat of the Blue Jays.

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