BRAVES TOP BLUE JAYS AT SUNTRUST PARK

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in Sports

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday night in the finale of a brief two-game interleague set at SunTrust Park, resulting in an even 1-1 split in the series.

The Braves notched an early lead with a total of six runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Ozzie Albies hit a pair of home runs later in the game to mark his first career multi-homer outing; he officially accomplished this feat with a two-run shot in the eighth.

Mike Foltynewicz rendered Toronto scoreless through the seventh inning, at which time the Jays got on the board on a solo home run from Justin Smoak and a grand slam by Devon Travis.  Folty picked up the win for Atlanta after giving up those five runs and six hits, walking two and striking out six over six and two-third innings.

The Braves are once again tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for the top spot in the National League East; each team has 51 wins and 40 losses so far this sesaon.  The Braves are off tonight and will return to action over the weekend with a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at SunTrust Park; it will be their last series before the MLB All-Star break.  First pitch of Friday’s opener is set for 7:35 pm.  The game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410; air time is 6:20 pm.

Other Wednesday highlights for the Braves included the announcement that Freddie Freeman will participate in this year’s All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night.

In a minor league update, the Rome Braves fell to the Greenville Drive 6-4 on Wednesday night in the opener of a three-game set in Greenville, SC.  The teams will meet again tonight at 7:05 pm.

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