Freeman injured, Bautista bat flips and Braves beat Jays

Freeman injured, Bautista bat flips and Braves beat Jays

Opposing starter Carlos Carrasco exited in the fourth inning because of tightness in his left pectoral muscle but the Indians do not believe the injury is serious.

The Braves went on to win, 8-4.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Braves continued their hot-hitting ways against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Swanson took a pitch from Danny Barnes over the wall in centre field for his third homer of the season giving the Braves a 6-5 lead.

Freddie Freeman has always been a solid hitter, but not quite as explosive as he is now.

Foltynewicz (2-4) was the beneficiary of Braves' early offense, winning his second straight start. Seattle's Jarrod Dyson tied the game up in the frame after with the eighth home run of his career.

The X-rays didn't suffice, so more testing for Freeman. Wednesday was the first anniversary of Brian Snitker taking over as Braves manager after Fredi Gonzalez was sacked. The 43-year-old walked two and struck out one, and his ERA fell from 7.22 to 6.80. "A win is a win". "It was always a pitch he liked, but we kind of eliminated it coming out of the 'pen".

Atlanta couldn't be happy either as they lost first baseman Freddie Freeman after he was hit in the wrist by Jays pitcher Aaron Loup.

Markakis got the Braves on the board in the first, driving home Freeman and Matt Kemp with a two-out single off Bolsinger.

The Blue Jays lead the majors with 21 homers in May. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff", O'Flaherty said. I'm just exhausted of it.

When he was asked if the normally reticent Tulowitzki could handle the bi-nightly media gatherings, Gibbons said: "No, I don't think he'd want to".

O'Flaherty had a more biting analysis of Bautista's actions, referencing his altercation with the Rangers' Rougned Odor in Texas last season.

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after a year ago", O'Flaherty said with a disdainful chuckle. Gibbons said of the bat flip.

"Nobody ever seen that before?"

But he conceded that his team was frustrated. "Those guys have taken it to us the last couple days".

The result was the same.

Despite his latest start Colon's struggles outweigh his worth as a starter it is time to either attempt to trade the veteran starter or move him to the back end of the bullpen.

Garcia played in the series opener against the Blue Jays on Monday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, two RBI, two runs, and one stolen base, but he was left out of the lineup on Tuesday and then sent to the DL.

The Blue Jays also had a tough night on the basepaths.

Ezequiel Carrera, who replaced Pearce for the remainder of Sunday's contest, will join Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista in the outfield for the time being. Though they're less likely than most to keep that up, any contributions they make until Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson return will help the Jays get back in contention. When Jays manager John Gibbons went out on the field to argue a call in the sixth and he couldn't even get ejected.

Ty Kelly drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run ninth inning as Philadelphia rallied to beat Washington in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Estrada allowed five earned runs on eight hits over six innings and picked up a no decision.



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