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Toronto snaps Atlanta's home winning streak

ATLANTA -- Esmil Rogers, getting a spot start for Toronto, didn't make it out of the fourth inning, but that was alright. The Blue Jays' retooled bullpen took it from there.

Rogers and three relievers combined to hold Atlanta to four hits and Toronto snapped the Braves' seven-game home winning streak with a 3-0 victory Wednesday night.

Juan Perez struck out four without allowing a base runner in 2 innings and Neil Wagner, making his major league debut, gave up just one hit over two innings before Casey Janssen closed out the shutout with a perfect ninth, picking up his 11th save.

Melky Cabrera was 3-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacio was 3-for-4 with a walk.

Cabrera struggled through a difficult year with the Braves in 2010, but has tormented his former team since. He is hitting .415 (17 for 41) against them with seven extra-base hits and six RBIs in 12 games.

The Blue Jays knew their bullpen would get a long of work, but it turned out that the Braves were in for a similar situation. Kris Medlen pitched just two innings after being hit by a come-back liner on his left leg.

The Braves struck out 11 times, reaching double figures in that dubious category for the 24th time in 52 games.

Rogers, making his first start after 22 relief appearances for the Blue Jays, allowed three hits over 3 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked two, throwing 62 pitches.

Rogers was the 11th pitcher to start for the Blue Jays with the season less than two months old. That is two short of the team record and ties Baltimore for the most in the majors this year.

Medlen, hit on the back of his left leg below the knee by Emilio Bonifacio's liner with one out in the second, allowed three runs and four hits in his abbreviated outing.

After throwing a couple of practice pitches, Medlen finished the inning. But he allowed a four-pitch walk immediately after being hit and later a two-run single by Cabrera before being replaced by reliever David Carpenter to start the third inning.

Medlen suffered a upper calf contusion and is expected to be able to make his next start as scheduled on Monday against Pittsburgh.

Cabrera, who had singled to open the game, scored when the Braves couldn't turn a double play to end the first inning, then drove in two runs in the second with a two-out hit.

Notes: The Braves activated RHP Jordan Walden from the disabled list and optioned RHP Cory Rasmus to Class AAA Gwinnett. Walden, who worked a perfect inning for Gwinnett on Monday in his only rehab game, hadn't pitched for the Braves since May 11 because of shoulder inflammation. ... Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie, who sprained his left ankle stealing second base against the Braves in Toronto on Monday, was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Tuesday. He was batting .209 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 37 games. ... Toronto reinforced its bullpen by promoting RHP Neil Wagner, RHP Todd Redmond and LHP Juan Perez from Class AAA Buffalo. ... The Blue Jays designated RHP Ramon Ortiz for assignment and optioned Thad Weber to Buffalo.

Comments

John5214 10 months, 4 weeks ago

When are the Braves and the media going to stop giving Jason Heyward a pass. The guy can't hit big league pitching. (at least not yet, as he is currently hitting .152) Send him to Gwinnett and teach him to be a big league hitter. They made a mistake by letting him skip AAA a couple of years ago. He needed one more year in the minors. Freeman did the AAA gig, and look how well he is doing. Heyward needs to go down. They sent Francoeur down and Heyward's numbers are worse then his. Schafer is proving he can do the job, Heyward is not. Gattis is proving he can do the job, Heyward is not. Time for JayHey to play in the suburbs until he can prove he belongs downtown.

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