Atlanta Braves Emerge Victorious in Seesaw Affair with Toronto Blue Jays

By Josh McKinney
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After jumping ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning on Tuesday, it appeared the Atlanta Braves might pay back the Toronto Blue Jays for the 9-3 drubbing they suffered on Monday in Toronto.

Following a four-run bottom of the first by the Blue Jays, things weren’t looking so good. The opening frame turned out to be an excellent foreshadowing of what was to come, however, as several ties and lead changes took place throughout the game with the Braves ultimately winning 7-6 thanks to a solo home run by designated hitter Brian McCann — his second of the contest — in the top of the 10th.

Atlanta bashed four home runs in total — all of the solo variety — as center fielder Jordan Schafer went deep in the top of the second and catcher Evan Gattis and McCann recorded back-to-back jacks in the top of the sixth.

In the end, the Braves earned one of their biggest victories in recent memory, given that they had lost two in a row following an eight-game winning streak prior to the one-run triumph. They were looking to get back on track and they did so because their talented catching duo was able to pick them up in the late innings.

The three long-ball artists weren’t the only players to contribute to Atlanta’s win, as shortstop Andrelton Simmons and first baseman Freddie Freeman tallied three hits each to go with two hits apiece from Schafer and McCann.

Nevertheless, the big flies were what stood out, with the Braves winning the same way they’ve won a lot of games this season: crushing the ball — a lot.

Josh McKinney is an Atlanta Braves writer for Follow   him on Twitter @SuperJMac32,   “Like” him on Facebook or   add him to your network on Google.

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