Toronto Blue Jays 3, Atlanta Braves 1
Toronto Blue Jays opened a two-game interleague series with a comfortable 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday evening.
Mike Soroka allowed three straight base hits to fellow rookies Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Cavan Biggio to open the bottom of the first inning.
Guerrero’s single scored Bichette for a quick 1-0 lead. Before the Blue Jays tacked on another run when veteran Justin Smoak drove in Biggio with a base hit later in the inning.
Meanwhile, Smoak added a solo homer during the seventh. This was his 20th of the season. The Braves are currently the top team in the NL East and the National League leader in road wins after winning on 41 occasions this season.
However, Ozzie Albies drove in a late run for Atlanta on a ground-rule double during the seventh. The Braves threatened from there with the bases loaded. However, Donaldson popped out to Bichette to end the frame.
Soroka allowed eight hits along with the two runs, and struck out one batter to pick up his first road loss of the season. He had come into the game with a 6-0 record and MLB-best 1.32 ERA over his 13 road starts.
The game also marked the return of Donaldson to the Rogers Centre after the former star third baseman was traded from the Blue Jays to Cleveland last September. Toronto honoured the 2015 AL MVP with a video tribute before the game. However, he went zero for four on the night.