Jansen has game-winning hit, Blue Jays rally to sweep Braves
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Jansen hit a two-run single in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
With Toronto trailing 5-4, Vladimir Guerrero thought he tied the game to begin the ninth, pumping his fist as he watched his deep drive to right, but Guerrero was held to a single when the ball hit the wall.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs before Jansen singled to left field off Raisel Iglesias (1-1), driving in Guerrero and Matt Chapman.
Ozzie Albies hit a two-run home run, and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Kevin Pillar each added solo blasts for Atlanta, which has lost nine straight against Toronto.
The Braves made three errors and the Blue Jays had two defensive miscues, both by Gold Glove third baseman Chapman. Toronto pitchers also made a pair of wild pitches.
Nate Pearson (1-0) worked one inning for the win.
Acuña homered on left-hander Yusei Kikuchi’s third pitch of the game, and Michael Harris II made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the second.
Toronto responded with three runs in the bottom of the second. Brandon Belt hit an RBI single and Guerrero’s base hit drove in a pair of runs.
Albies connected in the third, his 10th homer of the season.
Pillar made it 5-3 in the fourth when he homered against his former team, his fourth of the season, but George Springer cut the Blue Jays' deficit to one when he answered in the bottom half with a solo drive to left, his fifth.
Right-hander Collin McHugh made his first start of the season for Atlanta. He gave up three runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Kikuchi allowed five runs, four earned, and nine hits in 4-plus innings.
Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.32) starts Monday when Atlanta begins a three-game series at Texas. The Rangers have not named a starter.
Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (1-3, 4.83) starts Monday when Toronto hosts the New York Yankees for a four-game series. New York has not named a starter.
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Ian Harrison, The Associated Press