Austin Riley’s three-run homer helps Max Fried and Atlanta Braves beat Toronto Blue Jays

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ATLANTA – Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s exhausted rotation by allowing just 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 shot a 3-2 shot from Matt Shoemaker into the Blue Jays box behind the left field wall in fifth.

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

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

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

Fried played down his new designation as a staff ace.

“We have a lot of really good guys,” he says.

Flowers said Fried was now the clear leader.

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

The Adams circuit had a landing in the waterfall pool behind the center field fence. Flowers’ shot landed in the front row of the left field seats.

The Blue Jays played their first game since Thursday. Their weekend streak against Philadelphia has been carried over into this virus-halted season.

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

“It was frustrating,” Shoemaker said. “I even hate to say that, but it’s really hard to do it on 10 days off. It’s all about timing and control. However, I have to stand up and make better pitches.

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

Dansby Swanson’s eighth inning brace against Wilmer Font led to Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ender Inciarte, who each had two hits. Adam Duvall and Johan Camargo also scored points in the four-point inning.

REPLACE SOROKA

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

The Braves also named right-hander Chris Rusin for an assignment on Tuesday and recalled right-hangers Huascar Ynoa and Chad Sobotka, who have recorded the last three strikeouts.

REPOS WEEK-END

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

TRAINERS ‘ROOM

Blue Jays: INF Travis Shaw was activated after being placed on family sick leave on July 27. Montoyo said he would see how Shaw felt on Wednesday “and we’ll take it from there.” … DE Randal Grichuk came back from a back pain. He said he twisted his back while “sort of showing off a few swings” during the team’s first set at Tampa Bay. … Montoyo has said RHP Chase Anderson (oblique) could return as a starter or in a relief role.

Braves: Adams left the game with left hamstring strain after stranding in the fourth and is likely heading for the injured list, according to Snitker, who said “these things take time. … LHP Will Smith will kick off a mock match at the team’s alternative site on Thursday. Smith was 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 from second to seventh in batting order. Albies who hit the switch hit as a southpaw against southpaw Anthony Kay in the seventh, proof that wrist pain is affecting his swing.

FOLLOWING

Sean Newcomb of Atlanta will face Hyun Jin-Ryu of Toronto in Wednesday night’s game against the lefties in pursuit of their first win of the season. The Braves need Newcomb to become a reliable starter for a rotation which has lost Soroka and Mike Foltynewicz, who had been nominated for an assignment and now works at the team’s alternative training site.

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