Estrada throws 8 innings, Blue Jays shut out Braves 5-0 to extend AL East lead

ATLANTA — Marco Estrada combined with Roberto Osuna on a three-hitter, Cliff Pennington, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson hit home runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Thursday night to extend their lead in the AL East.

The Blue Jays lead the New York Yankees, who did not play Thursday, by 3 1/2 games. Toronto won two of three games for their first series win over the Braves since 2008.

Estrada (13-8) allowed three hits with four strikeouts and two walks in eight innings. He did not allow a baserunner to reach second base.

Encarnacion led off the fourth with his 33rd homer, off Matt Wisler (5-8) and into the fifth row of the seats in left field. Pennington hit a three-run shot later in the inning.

Donaldson added a ninth-inning homer off Sugar Ray Marimon.

Osuna pitched a perfect ninth.

The three homers boosted Toronto’s season total to 207, most in the majors.

Atlanta’s first hit in the third was a sharp grounder by Wisler that hit Estrada’s right foot and bounced into left field. Cameron Maybin hit a grounder between shortstop and third base in the fifth for the second hit. With two outs in the eighth, Andrelton Simmons hit a line-drive single to right.

Wisler has lost seven straight decisions since a 5-1 start to his rookie season. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Former President Jimmy Carter and wife, Rosalynn, sat in their usual seats near the Braves’ dugout. Carter, 90, recently announced he has cancer that spread to his brain.

The two received a loud cheer when shown on the video board during the “Kiss Cam” promotion. Carter kissed his wife and then gave a big smile as the cheers continued.

TRAINER’S ROOM

BLUE JAYS: Manager John Gibbons said SS Troy Tulowitzki will join the team in Toronto after having a specialist examine his injured left shoulder. He was expected to miss at least two weeks after cracking his shoulder blade in a collision on Sept. 12. … Gibbons said 2B Devon Travis will have an exploratory arthroscopy on his left shoulder on Wednesday.

BRAVES: LHP Manny Banuelos is expected to be ready for spring training after surgery Thursday to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.

UP NEXT

BLUE JAYS: RHP Marcus Stroman will make his second start of the season Friday night in the opening game of a home series against Boston. In his first start following his recovery from left knee surgery, Stroman gave up three runs in five innings in a 10-7 win over the Yankees on Saturday.

BRAVES: In the opening game of a series which could decide last place in the NL East, RHP Williams Perez will face Phillies LHP Adam Morgan on Friday night.

Charles Odum, The Associated Press

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