Donaldson nears return for Blue Jays

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Kemp said it was easy to tell Colon had good stuff against the Jays.

Toronto added a fourth run in the seventh on an RBI single from Travis and Smoak added his two-run home run in the ninth, driving in Bautista. Atlanta are 2-7 in their last 9 games on grass and Atlanta are 10-25 in their last 35 interleague games while Atlanta are 3-7 in their last 10 overall.

"We had chances throughout the game to kind of bust that game open, and just couldn't get that hit", Braves manager Brian Snitker said after the Sunday loss. "I know (Colon) has been pitching a long time, but I guarantee you an outing like that will do a lot for him and his confidence going forward".

In seven starts for Atlanta, Colon has allowed fewer than four runs twice - April 5 against the Mets and April 16 against the San Diego Padres (one hit, one walk, one run, six strikeouts in seven innings). Toronto touched him for seven hits, but managed just three runs before Colon was relieved by Ian Krol.

Given that Colon is about to face a hot Blue Jays club - one that has scored 29 runs during its current five-game winning streak - it would seem more unlikely than not that he's able to just suddenly flip the page, especially with tonight's assignment not having the benefit of emanating from a National League park.

Pearce, the veteran utility man, is hitting.205 with four home runs and 10 RBIs this season.

"I missed the location and he hit the ball pretty good", Diaz said. The team as a whole has failed to help runners in scoring position (RISP) during their last several games.

"Now, if I thought I was better than the guys they picked, then I probably would have went into John Gibbons' office or Mark Shapiro's or Ross Aktins' and said as much".

"He threw some good ones, but consistently he could not do it. I've got to do my job". In his start against the Mariners, he made good use of his changeup, which could be important for him as a starter.

"They've got some real young studs coming up and they're trying to protect those guys a bit and still field a competitive team and that's where we are right now".

A single by Darwin Barney brought home the first run, a groundout by Ezequiel Carrera another, and the score was tied at five.

Garcia was replaced by Ramirez after he walked Smoak with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

At the end of the 2016 season, after the elation of a second straight post-season trip, the collective disappointment of another American League Championship Series loss, and the personal disappointment of being left off the playoff roster, R.A. Dickey understood it was over with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The first inning gnawed at Estrada hours afterward. While Brandon Phillips' season started off strongly, he has clearly been going through a slump recently. Smith had walked Freeman intentionally after allowing two singles and inducing a double play grounder.

"We've got to score runs", said Jarrod Dyson. Garcia stole second and continued to third on catcher Mike Ohlman's throwing error.

The Braves added to their lead in the fourth when Jace Peterson slapped a single to right with Flowers on second.

With his two doubles, Travis now holds the franchise record for the most doubles in a month by a Blue Jays second baseman with 14.

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