Toronto Blue Jays 3, Atlanta Braves 6
Johan Camargo and Josh Donaldson hit two-run homers, while Mike Soroka snapped a streak of eight starts without a victory as the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Monday evening.
The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves have won five straight games, all against American League teams. Also, the Braves have won nine straight home games.
Meanwhile, it was a welcome sight on the sidelines as Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox made his first return to SunTrust Park since suffering a stroke on April 3rd. He sat in a private box to watch both of his former sides.
Soroka allowed three runs over five hits during five innings on his first win in three starts against the Blue Jays. Furthermore, it was his first victory since July 14th at San Diego. He had a solid 2.81 ERA during his eight-game winless stretch.
Meanwhile, Mark Melancon threw a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.
A first-inning homer by Donaldson was the only hit allowed by Jacob Waguespack during four innings. Five walks hurt the right-hander.
Waguespack loaded the bases with three walks during the third. Before the third baseman, Brandon Drury mishandled Dansby Swanson’s grounder. This grounder hit off Drury’s glove into the outfield grass as Ozzie Albies and Donaldson scored.
However, after the Blue Jays cut Atlanta’s lead to 4-3, Camargo hit a pinch-hit homer off Buddy Boshers during the eighth. This homer drove in Donaldson, who was able to score following Bo Bichette’s field error.
Meanwhile, Randal Grichuk led off the fourth with a homer off Soroka, and pinch-hitter Rowdy Tellez added another home-run for Toronto in the fifth innings. This marked the first time in 30 career starts that Soroka has allowed more than one home run during a game.