Braves’ win streak halted by Blue Jays

ATLANTA (AP) — Through four innings, 21-year-old

Julio Teheran looked ready for the big leagues.

After

a disastrous fifth inning spoiled his day, Teheran promised he’ll be

better prepared for his next opportunity with the

Braves.

Teheran and Livan Hernandez couldn’t hold an

early four-run lead as the Toronto Blue Jays scored six runs in the

fifth and beat Atlanta 12-4 on Sunday.

Teheran, the

Braves’ top prospect, was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill in

for Tim Hudson, who has bone spurs in his left ankle. Relying on his

curveball, Teheran allowed only one hit, Edwin Encarnacion’s broken-bat

single, through four scoreless innings before wilting in the

fifth.

“I got a little bit too excited because I

wanted to win the game,” Teheran said. “I got a little out of

control.

“I’ll try to be better for the next

one.”

Teheran gave up four hits and four runs in 4

1-3 innings before returning to Gwinnett, where he is 5-2 with a 3.15

ERA in 11 starts.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Teheran

was told this would be a one-game visit to Atlanta, no matter how he

fared.

“The first four innings, obviously, he’s

nails,” Gonzalez said. “And then one of those hurdles in the fifth. …

Young kid, sometimes that kind of throws him out of

whack.

“But I thought the first four innings were as

impressive as I’ve seen him, a good mixture of fastballs and curveballs

and getting everything over for a strike. That fifth inning kind of got

away from us a little bit.”

Brett Lawrie and Colby

Rasmus each homered and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays set a

season high with 18 hits.

Gonzalez said the loss

“might be the ugliest game we’ve played in a long

time.”

The Blue Jays ended their three-game losing

streak and Atlanta’s season-best six-game winning

streak.

“The way things started out, it wasn’t

looking real promising,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “We were

able to string a number of hits together. … We were able to string

together not only the six runs but it continued on through the middle

and latter part of the game.”

Blue Jays left-hander

Ricky Romero lasted only four innings. He gave up eight hits and four

runs, three earned.

A key to the Blue Jays’ six-run

fifth was Farrell’s decision to replace Romero with pinch-hitter Yan

Gomes, whose single drove in the first run and knocked Teheran out of

the game. It was the first of five straight run-scoring

hits.

Lawrie hit a two-run homer and Rasmus added a

homer off Hernandez as Toronto added three runs in the

sixth.

Carlos Villanueva (1-0) pitched two scoreless

innings.

Hernandez (1-1) gave up five runs on seven

hits, including two homers, in 1 2-3 innings. Hernandez has allowed nine

earned runs on 13 hits in 4 2-3 innings in his last two

appearances.

Kelly Johnson singled to start the

fifth. Yunel Escobar walked and, after David Cooper struck out, J.P.

Arencibia singled to load the bases in the fifth. Gomes’ single, which

ended 0-for-16 slump, knocked Teheran out of the

game.

Hernandez quickly inspired boos from the

rain-drenched fans by giving up four straight hits: a single by Lawrie

to drive in a run, a two-run single by Rasmus, a run-scoring single by

Jose Bautista and Encarnacion’s two-run double, giving the Blue Jays a

6-4 lead.

The boos grew louder in the sixth when

Hernandez was left on the mound to endure another barrage that included

the two-run homer by Lawrie, his fifth, followed by Rasmus’ eighth

homer.

Gonzalez said he stuck with Hernandez because

he thought the right-hander’s experience would enable him to

recover.

“He’s not going to spook in that situation,”

Gonzalez said. “And they got him. Got to tip your cap to the Toronto

Blue Jays.”

Rajai Davis singled in a run and

pinch-hitter Omar Vizquel drove in a run with a sacrifice fly off

Cristhian Martinez in the seventh. Kelly Johnson had triple off Martinez

to drive in a run in the eighth.

Chipper Jones came

off the disabled list and was 0-for-3 with a walk. Juan Francisco

replaced Jones in the seventh.

Dan Uggla was hit by a

pitch from Romero to open the second. Uggla moved to third on a double

by Matt Diaz and scored when Rasmus dropped the ball for an error after

making the catch on Freddie Freeman’s fly ball.

David

Ross had a run-scoring single in the second and Freddie Freeman drove

in a run with a single in the third for Atlanta. Freeman had three

hits.

Uggla had played every inning this season

before he was replaced by Jack Wilson to open the

eighth.

Bautista and Rasmus made back-to-back diving

catches of drives by Michael Bourn and Martin Prado in the

eighth.

NOTES: The 18 hits are the

most for Toronto since they had 20 at Baltimore on Aug. 31, 2011. …

The Braves optioned C J.C. Boscan and OF Jose Constanza to Triple-A

Gwinnett to clear roster spots for Teheran and Jones. RHP Cory Gearrin

will be recalled from Gwinnett, replacing Teheran, to pitch out of the

bullpen. … Lawrie’s RBI single in the fifth snapped an 0-for-17

drought. … Hudson said his ankle feels better and he should be ready

to start on Wednesday against the Yankees. … Randall Delgado will face

Ivan Nova in a matchup of right-handers when the Braves open a

three-game home series against the Yankees on Monday night. The Blue

Jays play another NL East team as they return home to open a series

against Washington on Monday night with RHP Brandon Morrow trying for

his eighth win.