Sunday, May 24, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA - Derek Lowe pitched into the eighth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with one of his two hits, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 victory over the slumping Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.
Lowe (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 71/3 innings to move into a tie for the NL lead in wins. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 10 starts.
Lyle Overbay's RBI single off Mike Gonzalez cut Atlanta's lead to 4-3 in the ninth. Rod Barajas then walked to load the bases but Rafael Soriano struck out pinch-hitter Kevin Millar and retired Marco Scutaro on a fly ball to left to earn his fourth save.
Kelly Johnson hit a seventh-inning homer off B.J. Ryan as the Braves (22-20) moved two games over .500 for the first time since April 15, when they were 5-3.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays have lost five straight, their longest streak since losing seven straight from June 14-21, 2008.
Lowe, who entered with a .143 batting average, was 2- for-3, including a fourth-inning single that drove in Jeff Francoeur for a 3-2 lead. Francoeur had three hits.
Toronto right-hander Casey Janssen (0-1) gave up three runs and eight hits over six innings in his first start since 2006 and his first appearance since 2007. Janssen missed last season recovering from a torn labrum.
Casey Kotchman hit a tying two-run double off Janssen just over the reach of center fielder Vernon Wells in the third inning. The double drove in Lowe and Johnson, who had singled.
Scutaro gave Toronto a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the third.