MLB Game Summary - Toronto at Atlanta
(Wednesday, May 29th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Melky Cabrera went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a
run scored to carry Toronto's offense, and a combination of four Blue Jays
pitchers shut down the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, in a battle of bullpens at Turner
Esmil Rogers made his first start since 2011 and gave the Blue Jays another
option in their injury-filled rotation by throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
The right-hander had made 22 appearances out of Toronto's bullpen this season
and tossed 62 pitches Wednesday while allowing three hits and two walks.
"I just tried to make my pitches and give the opportunity to my teammates to
win the game," Rogers said. "It feels pretty good."
Juan Perez (1-0) retired all eight batters he faced in his Blue Jays debut and
recorded four of Toronto's 11 punchouts. Casey Janssen anchored the relief
effort with a perfect ninth to post his 11th save of the year.
Atlanta used four relievers as a result of starter Kris Medlen exiting with a
contusion to his left upper calf after being struck by a comebacker.
"I've been hit by a lot of balls in my life...(and) that's probably one of the
harder ones I've felt," Medlen said of Emilio Bonifacio's line drive. "I think
I knew right away, but I just wanted to at least get through the inning."
Medlen (1-6) was charged with three runs on four hits in two frames and saw
his winless streak reach nine consecutive outings.
The Braves earned a split of a two-game series at Rogers Centre Tuesday thanks
to Brian McCann's 10th-inning homer, but they had just four hits Wednesday in
the opener of another two-game interleague set to lose for the third time in
Cabrera led off the game with a single and keenly advanced to third base when
Edwin Encarnacion's blooper into center field fell for a hit. J.P. Arencibia
followed with a run-scoring groundout, and Cabrera added a two-run single in
Toronto's next at-bat.
Bonifacio singled off Medlen's leg, Munenori Kawasaki worked a walk and Rogers
moved both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt before Cabrera's
opposite-field line drive plated the two runners.
Rogers escaped Freddie Freeman's leadoff triple in the second when he fielded
Juan Francisco's chopper back to the mound and retired Freeman in a rundown.
The rest was up to Toronto's bullpen. Perez stranded two of Rogers' runners in
the fourth, Neil Wagner tossed two innings in his first big-league game since
2011 and Janssen stayed perfect in save chances to close out the Jays' third
win in four games.
Rogers' previous start came on Sept. 18, 2011 for Colorado ... Rogers was
already the 11th starting pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season, two shy
of the club record ... Perez picked up his second career win ... Perez and
Wagner each had their contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo before the game
... Encarnacion had three of Toronto's eight hits ... Toronto had a streak of
six straight games with at least 10 hits snapped ... Jordan Walden, activated
from the 15-day disabled list before the game, tossed a scoreless inning of
relief for Atlanta ... The Braves have been shut out seven times this year ...
The Blue Jays have recorded two shutouts.
05/29 23:06:55 ET
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