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Blue Jays fail to rebound from mistakes in loss to Braves

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12.07.2018

ATLANTA – Sometimes baseball players get away with their mistakes, the way Lourdes Gurriel Jr., did Tuesday night, when he misread the trajectory of a Randal Grichuk single, broke late and failed to score the go-ahead run. When Russell Martin, the next batter, drove him in and the Toronto Blue Jays eventually won, the untimely hesitation ended up being no biggie.

Other times, the wrong decision can sabotage an inning, an outing or an entire game, the way Justin Smoak’s unsuccessful attempt to get an out at home on Mike Foltynewicz’s squeeze attempt opened the floodgates to a six-run second the Atlanta Braves rode to a 9-5 win Wednesday.

The bunt was part of a messy and unfortunate sequence of events for the Blue Jays that prevented Sam Gaviglio from getting out of the second inning in his shortest outing of the year. Relievers Jake Petricka, Tim Mayza, Luis Santos, John Axford, Aaron Loup and Joe Biagini covered the remaining 6.1 frames, leaving the bullpen a hangover it will need J.A. Happ to cure with a long outing Thursday in Boston.

That’s a less than an ideal situation with Marco Estrada still questionable to start Saturday despite throwing a side Wednesday. A bullpen day was one option under consideration if he indeed can’t go this........

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