DUNEDIN, Fla. — Teoscar Hernández hit a three-run homer after missing three weeks due to a positive test for the coronavirus, Robbie Ray took a one-hitter into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 13-5 on Friday night.
Hernández went 2-for-5, including a sixth-inning shot to center field off Jacob Webb that put Toronto ahead 10-0.
"I'm glad I'm back, and happy to be with my teammates and my team," Hernández said before the game.
Hernández felt bad for four to five days and had symptoms that included an aching body, headaches and fever.
"It wasn't a happy moment," he said. "It wasn't happy days. I got through it, and I'm here now."
Both Hernández's wife and son also tested positive but have recovered.
Ray (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five batters in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed just one runner through six innings, on Travis d'Arnaud's double with one out in the second, then gave up Ozzie Albies' two-run homer in the seventh.
"He's throwing nothing but strikes," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "Threw strikes with all his pitches."
Alejandro Kirk had his first multihomer game for the Blue Jays.
Bo Bichette, Kirk and Randal Grichuk all connected off Atlanta starter Drew Smyly (0-2), who allowed six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. Kirk also went deep against Edgar Santana.
"After the first inning, looked like he was going to get it going," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Smyly. "Just too many balls in the middle of the plate. Couldn't locate his fastball."
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit Toronto's sixth homer, a solo shot in the eighth.
Bichette hit a two-run homer in the third. Kirk had a fourth-inning two-run drive on a 3-0 pitch, and Grichuk's solo shot in the fifth made it 5-0. Kirk drove in two on his second home run in the fifth.
Atlanta's Marcell Ozuna had been 0-for-20 against lefties this season before doubling off Ray in the seventh. He had a two-run single during a three-run eighth.
Toronto's George Springer, who signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal this offseason, singled in the first for his first hit as a Blue Jay and went 1-for-3, walked twice and stole a base. After missing time because of oblique and right quadriceps strains, he was hitless in four at-bats during his first game Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.
Kirk said through a translator that having both Hernández and Springer in the lineup feels incredible.
"Both are great, great hitters," Kirk said. "The lineup from top to bottom, it looks good, it felt good, and we showed it tonight."
The Blue Jays moved back the starting time of night games at TD Ballpark, their temporary home, a half-hour to 7:37 p.m. due in part to the sun, which was located just above first-base side roof at the single-deck stadium early on in recent games. Blue Jays third baseman Joe Panik lost a high-hop single by Washington's Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning Wednesday night in the sun.
Atlanta's Ronald Acuña Jr. was in center so Guillermo Heredia, who started the previous 11 games, could be rested. Snitker said Acuña could get limited time at the position.
Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb returned from the 10-day injury list — his particular injury was not disclosed — and gave up two runs, two hits and two walks in two-thirds on an inning.