May 7, 2021

Preview|Atlanta at Toronto 1:07 PM ET, Sunday, May 2, 2021

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The Toronto Blue Jays look to make it a 3 game sweep this afternoon when they take on the Atlanta braves to close out the 3 game series.

The Blue Jays won the first game 13-5 on Friday night, then secured the series win Saturday night on Randal Grichuk’s two-out, walk-off single in the 10th in a 6-5 victory.

Toronto swatted six homers Friday, with catcher Alejandro Kirk hitting a pair. Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez, Bo Bichette and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep.

On Saturday, newcomer George Springer belted his first two Blue Jays homers — the second a 470-foot rocket that was the longest hit by a Toronto player in nearly three years. Both shots came on 3-0 pitches.

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1:07 PM ET, SUN MAY 2
ATL (-141)
TOR (+115)

The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their past eight games.

In his return from a forearm injury, Toronto’s Ross Stripling (0-1, 7.56) will make his third start. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in six career appearances against Atlanta — three of them starts.

On Sunday in the series finale, impressive Braves rookie Ian Anderson (2-0, 2.48) will make his sixth start and try to maintain his stellar work.

The right-handed Anderson has never faced the Blue Jays, but in his past two starts he has won twice and combined for 13 2/3 scoreless innings against the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs — the latter his best start of 2021.

“His last two outings have been excellent,” Ronald Acuna Jr. said via a translator. “He’s a tremendous pitcher. I’m not surprised at all. He’s a superstar in my opinion.”

Cristian Pache knocked his first career grand slam Saturday and Acuna homered, but the Braves squandered a 4-0 second-inning lead to lose their third straight.

Catcher Travis d’Arnaud left the game in the sixth inning with a left thumb injury after an awkward tag at home plate to retire Grichuk.

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