Riley’s 3-run homer helps Fried, Braves beat Blue Jays 10-1

Riley’s 3-run homer helps Fried, Braves beat Blue Jays 10-1

Riley’s 3-run homer helps Fried, Braves beat Blue Jays 10-1

ATLANTA — Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Tuesday night.

Riley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoemaker into the Blue Jays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall in the fifth.

It was the third homer allowed by Shoemaker (0-1), following shots by Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers in the second.

Fried (2-0) was thrust into the role of staff ace when Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on Monday night, ending his season.

“I’m sure he had some emotions with his buddy going down last night, and I’m sure he felt he needed to step up and he sure did,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Fried downplayed his new designation as staff ace.

“We’ve got a lot of really good guys,” he said.

Flowers said Fried now is the clear leader.

“When Soroka was healthy, it was 1a and 1b,” he said.

Adams’ homer had a splash landing in the waterfall pool behind the centre-field fence. Flowers’ shot landed in the first row of the left-field seats.

The Blue Jays played their first game since Thursday. Their weekend series against Philadelphia was postponed in this virus-interrupted season.

Shoemaker gave up six hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first start since July 25.

“It was frustrating,” Shoemaker said. “I hate to even say this but it’s frigging hard to do it on 10 days rest. It is all about timing and control. I need to man up though and make better pitches.”

Fried gave up only four hits, including a leadoff double by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the fifth. Guerrero scored when Anthony Alford’s ball bounced off Riley’s glove at third base and into left field for a single.

Dansby Swanson’s eighth-inning double off Wilmer Font drove in Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ender Inciarte, who each had two hits. Adam Duvall and Johan Camargo also drove in runs in the four-run inning.

REPLACING SOROKA

The Braves haven’t said who will replace Soroka, who is expected to have surgery within a week. Among the options are three prospects — Ian Anderson, Bryse Wilson and Tucker Davidson — and versatile Josh Tomlin, who has 145 career starts and has been valuable in relief. Tomlin pitched a perfect eighth inning.

The Braves also designated right-hander Chris Rusin for assignment on Tuesday and recalled right-handers Huascar Ynoa and Chad Sobotka, who recorded the final three outs.

WEEKEND RUST

“I don’t want to come in here and make excuses, but it is hard when you go and then stop,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: INF Travis Shaw was activated after being placed on family medical leave on July 27. Montoyo said he would see how Shaw feels Wednesday “and we’ll go from there.” … OF Randal Grichuk returned from a sore back. He said he tweaked his back while “kind of demonstrating some swings” during the team’s opening series at Tampa Bay. … Montoyo said RHP Chase Anderson (oblique) could return as a starter or in a relief role.

Braves: Adams left the game with left hamstring tightness after grounding out in the fourth and likely is headed to the injured list, according to Snitker, who said “Those things take a while.” … LHP Will Smith will pitch in a simulated game at the team’s alternate site on Thursday. Smith has been cleared after testing positive for the coronavirus at the start of the delayed season. … Slumping 2B Ozzie Albies (stiffness in his right wrist) was moved down from second to seventh in the batting order. The switch-hitting Albies struck out as a left-hander against left-hander Anthony Kay in the seventh as evidence the wrist soreness is affecting his swing.

UP NEXT

Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb will face Toronto’s Hyun Jin-Ryu in Wednesday night’s matchup of left-handers looking for their first win of the season. The Braves need Newcomb to emerge as a reliable starter for a rotation that has lost Soroka and Mike Foltynewicz, who was designated for assignment and now is working at the team’s alternate training site.

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Charles Odum, The Associated Press

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