Danny Jansen’s two-run single to left field in the ninth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 victory and swept the series against visiting Atlanta on Sunday.
Down one run, the Blue Jays loaded the bases in the ninth inning. Jansen’s spike between third and short scored Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman.
The Blue Jays (24-16) won for the 12th time in 15 home games in 2023, this time before a Mother’s Day crowd of 40,895 at Rogers Centre.
The Braves (25-15) hit three home runs off Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi to build an early 5-3 lead.
Ronald Acuna Jr. and Kevin Pillar hit solo homers in the first and fourth innings, respectively, while Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer in the third for the NL leaders (26-14).
With injuries to starters Max Fried (left forearm) and Kyle Wright (right shoulder), the Braves handed this game over to the bullpen, starting starter Collin McHugh, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings.
Atlanta used six different pitchers, with Raisel Iglesias (1-1) taking the loss in his shaky ninth inning that included a long single to Guerrero off the right-field wall and a walk to Chapman.
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2nd inning of 3 runs
Acuña drilled the third pitch of the game into the second deck in left field, and Michael Harris II singled off Marcell Ozuna in the second inning for a 2–0 visitors lead.
The Blue Jays sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning to score three times on Brandon Belt’s RBI single and Guerrero’s two-run hit.
But Toronto’s 3-2 lead was short-lived. Albies hit a two-run homer to left field in the third inning, and former Blue Jays outfielder Pillar hit a solo homer in a similar path in the fourth.
Toronto came within a run with George Springer’s fifth of the year to lead off the fourth inning.
Toronto left 12 runners on base to the Braves’ 11. Nate Pearson (1-0) earned the victory.
Guerrero extended his on-base streak to 19 games with his two-out, two-run single to center field in the second inning.
The Blue Jays first baseman entered the afternoon with the third-longest active on-base streak in the majors.
Alek Manoah (1-3) will start for the Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series against the visiting New York Yankees on Monday at 7:07 pm ET. The Yankees have yet to name a starter for Game 1 of the series.