Kurt Suzuki's 3-run homer settles things early as 4-game series shifts to Atlanta
Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves held on after Freddie Freeman left with an injury in an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning. The umpires initially ruled that Aaron Loup's pitch did not hit Freeman. But with the Atlanta star in obvious pain, the Braves challenged and the call was reversed after a video review.
Freeman headed to the clubhouse instead of first base, with no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury.
Atlanta has won three consecutive games against the Jays. After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.
Atlanta jumped on Joe Biagini (1-2), and Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs.
Things got heated in the late innings. Kevin Pillar struck out swinging to end the seventh and apparently thought Atlanta's Jason Motte quick-pitched him, yelling toward the mound before Suzuki stepped in to calm things.
Then, in the eighth, the benches cleared after Toronto's Jose Bautista homered to left, standing briefly at home plate to admire the drive before flipping the bat away. Jace Peterson appeared to say something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.
Prior to the game, Jays manager John Gibbons said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) will not come off the DL on Thursday, as Toronto had hoped, and that third baseman Josh Donaldson (calf injury) will need longer to recover than previously thought. "I might have jumped the gun saying he'd be back for the weekend," Gibbons conceded.