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Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Dansby Swanson hits go-ahead home run to lift Braves past Blue Jays

Dansby Swanson hits go-ahead home run to lift Braves past Blue Jays

The teams continue their four-game interleague series Wednesday and Thursday at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. "But, shoot, Russell (Martin) would be a good one".

The big right-hander then gave up a single to Markakis to score Kemp, making it 9-5.

Freeman has connected against all 10 teams Atlanta has faced this season. During that time, he's also racked up a.338 batting average and collected 96 total bases. The Cardinals upped their lead to 4-0 in the third when Matt Carpenter launched his eighth homer of the season. Last season, it took him 74 games to reach the 13 home run mark, whereas he achieved that Monday night in his 35th game of 2017.

"It's my job. Someone wakes up at 7 o'clock every morning and grinds for their family every day and gets home at 5, that's their job and this is mine", said Barney, who's hitting.288 with a home run, six runs batted in and nine runs in 32 games. Donaldson has not played since April 13.

The Blue Jays' five-game winning run was ended by the Braves, who enjoyed a 10-6 victory.

Kemp hit a two-run single in the first and the Braves took a 3-0 lead on Jace Peterson's RBI single in the fourth. Colon is aging quickly and the Braves have plenty of youth that is proving themselves.

Some of the offensive problems for Atlanta stem from the lack of production from two of their most important infielders: rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson and second baseman Brandon Phillips. So far, however, the former first overall pick has not been able to find consistent production at the plate. In his most recent trip to the mound last Tuesday, the 21-year veteran was rocked for a season-high eight runs. "I was disappointed with it a year ago". While Swanson has too much potential to already be called overhyped or a bust just yet, it is clear that he still has a lot of growing to do in order to become a proficient major leaguer.

His teammate at second base is having a hard time in the month of May as well.

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But even so, if you've seen Bolsinger pitch, you know he won't sustain that for long.

"I'm exhausted of talking about it", Toronto's manager grumbled when asked about utility fielder Steve Pearce leaving Sunday's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners early after sliding into second base. This dip in production could perhaps still be caused by a groin injury that Phillips sustatined in late April, which sidelined him for a few games but did not send him to the disabled list.

Swanson said the ultra-consistent Freeman is "a joy to watch". "Like I said, the team puts up six runs for you, I think you should come out of the game with a W".

Bolsinger (0-2) was gone after getting two outs in the fifth inning, with the Jays losing 6-2. Robinson Cano didn't play in a single game and Kyle Seager went 3 for 17 with six strikeouts and no extra-base hits. They also have won three series in row.

San Francisco beat Cincinnati for its first three-game win streak of the season and gave starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija a win.

For Atlanta to work their way back to a.500 record and to try to escape the cellar of the NL East, their roster has to focus on capitalizing more during those situations.

"The way that we grew as a organization from 2013 (his first season) to 2016 was pretty special", Dickey said to a handful of media in the visitors' clubhouse.

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