There was no immediate announcement on why Joe Panik Yank for Springer in the sixth inning.
Springer was the designated hitter for the fourth straight game since making his Toronto debut on Wednesday. The World Series MVP when Houston won their first title in 2017 signed a six-year, team-record, $ 150 million contract with the Blue Jays this offseason, but missed out on time due to a oblique strained and later due to a right quadriceps strain.
Semien had a two-run homerun in a three-run eighth to help Toronto win for the seventh time in nine games.
Starter Braves Ian Anderson (2-1) lasted just four innings, allowing four runs and six hits on an 89 pitch outing.
Anderson was coming off victories over the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs in which he allowed five hits in 13 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander limited the Cubs to a seven-innings hit on April 27.
Danny Jansen, unsuccessful in his last 35 batting games, had an RBI single in the second and Semien’s two-point brace in the third gave Toronto a 3-1 lead.
Jansen also made a single in the fourth and scored to make it 4-1 on Bo BichetteIt is double.
Ronald Acuña Jr. got Atlanta with 4-2 in the fifth on a ground-laden sacrificial flight to the center field warning track Ross Stripling.
Ryan Borucki (3-1) replaced Stripling and prevented further damage by removing Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna.
Stripling, recovering from right forearm flexor strain, gave two runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Rafael Dolis came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth and retired Acuña to get his third save.
William Contreras, recalled from the alternate site after the Braves put catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Alex Jackson on the injured list, had a single RBI in the second.
The Braves are 1-5 on Sunday. Atlanta went 44-18 (0.710) on Sunday from 2018 to 2020, one of only two baseball teams to win 70% of their Sunday games during that span. The Los Angeles Dodgers went 48-16 (.750).
Braves: D’Arnaud participated in the 60-day IL with a sprained left thumb after injuring Saturday night in a game at home plate. Jackson was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring.
Blue Jays: C Alejandro Kirk (left flexor strain), LHP Tommy Milone (left shoulder inflammation) and RHP Anthony Castro (right forearm strain) were placed on 10 days IL.
Braves: Open a three-game series in Washington on Tuesday night. RHP Huascar Ynoa (2-1) will face RHP Joe Ross (2-1).
Blue Jays: Begin a 10-game, 11-day road trip across three different time zones Monday night in Oakland. LHP Steven Matz (4-1) and RHP Athletics Frankie Montas (2-2) are the starters. Toronto will also make stops in Houston and Atlanta.
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