Uggla, McCann back Beachy, Braves top Jays for sweep

Uggla, McCann back Beachy, Braves top Jays for sweep

June 22nd, 2011 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

ATLANTA - Brandon Beachy had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his return from the disabled list, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann hit two-run homers, and the Atlanta Braves completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-1 victory Wednesday.

Beachy had been on the disabled list since May 14 with a strained left oblique. After one rehab appearance in the minors, the rookie right-hander returned to the Braves with a flourish, eclipsing his previous best of nine strikeouts in two other starts.

He had the Blue Jays completely baffled over his six innings, getting all but one of his Ks swinging - even on breaking balls in the dirt. Toronto managed just four hits off Beachy (2-1), including a third-inning homer by Jose Bautista, and finished with 13 strikeouts against four Atlanta pitchers.

The slumping Uggla, hitting just .176, homered in the second against Jo-Jo Reyes (3-6). McCann put up a two-run homer for the second game in a row, going deep in the third.

Scott Linebrink, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel finished up with a scoreless inning apiece, wrapping up the Braves' fourth straight victory. Beachy won for the first time in seven career starts at Turner Field.

Reyes was going for his fourth win in five starts after setting a major league record with 28 consecutive starts without a win. But he fell behind quickly against his former team, giving up a single to Freddie Freeman leading off the second, then serving up a 1-2 pitch that Uggla drove into the left-field seats for his 10th homer of a disappointing season.

McCann made it 4-1 with his 13th homer, following up a walk to Jason Heyward with a shot into the right-field bleachers. Reyes went 5 1-3 innings, giving up five hits, walking two and striking out two.

The Braves also scored their final run on a long ball, though it took a video review for Brooks Conrad to make it all the way home. The pinch-hitter thought it was gone, trotting around second base before realizing that the umpires had ruled the ball in play.

Conrad was thrown out at third, but stayed there while three umps ducked into the dugout to get a look at the replay. It clearly showed the ball hitting the top of the wall and ricocheting off a back wall before returning to the field. Conrad trotted home for a delayed celebration with his teammates.

Jordan Schafer nearly went back to back, but Bautista made a brilliant catch in nearly the same spot where Conrad's went out, leaping above the yellow line to prevent Atlanta's fourth homer of the day.

Bautista hit his 22nd homer in the third.

NOTES: Uggla has 10 homers this season, but this was his first off a left-hander. ... Reyes surrendered a pair of homers in his second straight start. Overall, he's given up 10 homers in 85 innings. ... Braves RHP Tommy Hanson played catch before the game. He felt no pain and hopes to start at Seattle on June 28, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL. Hanson is sidelined with tendinitis in his shoulder. ... SS Julio Lugo, called up from the minors the day before, made his first start for the Braves. He beat out an infield hit in his first at-bat. ... Former Braves manager Bobby Cox stopped by the Atlanta clubhouse before the game. He also managed the Blue Jays during his long career, leading Toronto to the AL East title in 1985. ... Conrad has seven pinch-hit homers in his career, including three this season.