June 20, 2018 / 7:37 PM / 10 months ago

Happ wins fifth straight decision as Blue Jays edge Braves

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J.A. Happ struck out eight in a season-best 8 1/3 innings, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to defeat the visiting Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

Happ (9-3) held the Braves to four runs, six hits, including two solo homers, and walked no one as the Blue Jays gained a split of the two-game interleague series.

The win was the left-hander’s fifth over his past seven starts, a stretch that has included no losses.

Happ was sent out for the ninth to try for his first complete game of the season, and the fifth of his career, but was replaced by Ryan Tepera after allowing one-out singles to Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis.

Tepera allowed an RBI single to Kurt Suzuki before striking out Charlie Culberson. Ender Inciarte hit an RBI infield single to second and Johan Camargo flied out to center to give Tepera his fifth save of the season.

Suzuki and Peter Bourjos hit homers for the Braves, who had their three-game winning streak stopped.

Atlanta starter Anibal Sanchez (3-1) allowed four runs, five hits and four walks in five innings. The right-hander, who had won his two previous starts, struck out seven.

The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Justin Smoak singled and Morales hit his sixth homer of the season.

Suzuki hit his eighth homer of the season in the second to trim the lead to 2-1.

Bourjos tied the game in the third when he hit his first home run of the season with one out.

The Blue Jays regained a two-run lead in the fourth. Morales and Russell Martin walked, Randal Grichuk hit an RBI double and Aledmys Diaz hit a sacrifice fly.

After allowing a double to Ozzie Albies in the third inning, Happ retired the next 13 batters in a row with five strikeouts before Culberson’s two-out single in the seventh.

Atlanta’s Shane Carle allowed one run and one hit in 1 2/3 innings. After Devon Travis led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and took third on a groundout, Carle was replaced with two out by A.J. Minter, who gave up an RBI single to Yangervis Solarte.

Luke Jackson pitched around a walk and a single in the bottom of the eighth for Atlanta.

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