The Atlanta Braves ' lengthy winning streak is over. The NL East leaders will look to bounce back by ending their longest interleague road skid.
Atlanta faces the Toronto Blue Jays and Mark Buehrle , the all-time interleague wins leader, in the opener of a four-game series Monday night.
After outscoring opponents 47-21 in winning eight in a row, Atlanta (30-19) fell 4-2 to the New York Mets on Sunday. The Braves allowed three eighth-inning runs after Dan Uggla hit a two-run shot in the previous inning - his third homer in six games.
The Braves can get back on track by stopping a five-game slide in AL parks. Their last interleague road series didn't go well, as they were outscored 25-7 in three losses to Detroit from April 26-28.
Atlanta has dropped eight of 10 in Toronto, but none of those games came in the four seasons prior to this one. The Braves have won eight of the past nine matchups, though Toronto took the latest one 12-4 on June 10.
Buehrle (1-3, 5.90 ERA), eyeing a 26th interleague victory, will face the Braves for the first time in a Blue Jays uniform. He went 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA in four starts against them last season while with Miami.
The left-hander is looking for his first win in eight starts, though he turned in an encouraging outing Wednesday in a 4-3, 10-inning victory over Tampa Bay, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs.
Toronto (21-29) has only lost once in his last four outings.
"Listen, I'd like to be 5-1 right now. I'm not, I'm 1-3," Buehrle said. "But as long as we're winning my starts, I'm going out there giving our team a chance to win, that's all I can ask for."
The Braves can't ask for much more from their rotation, which has posted a 1.66 ERA during the past nine games. That performance has been especially important with a bullpen that will be without Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters for remainder of the season, and is waiting for the return of Jordan Walden and Luis Ayala .
Tim Hudson (4-3, 4.98) is the lone member of the rotation that has struggled lately, going 0-2 with an 8.56 ERA in his last three starts. The right-hander did manage to work around a 76-minute rain delay to pitch five innings Tuesday in a 5-4, 10-inning win over Minnesota, allowing two runs.
Hudson may have a good chance to get back on track Monday, as he's gone 11-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 starts against the Blue Jays.
Teammate Jose Bautista has gone 14 for 25 with two homers and five RBIs in the past six games. Bautista had a team-best two homers in three games against Atlanta in 2012.
The Braves lead the NL with 65 home runs, while Buehrle's 11 homers allowed are among the most in the major leagues.
|May 18, 2013||Eric O'Flaherty||15-Day DL||Left elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
|May 12, 2013||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 05, 2013||Juan Francisco||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|April 25, 2013||Luis Ayala||15-Day DL||Anxiety disorder|
|April 21, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|May 19, 2013||Darren Oliver||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|May 11, 2013||Rajai Davis||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|May 10, 2013||Rajai Davis||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained oblique|
|May 08, 2013||J.A. Happ||60-Day DL||Head contusion|
|April 29, 2013||Josh Johnson||15-Day DL||Right triceps inflammation|
|April 22, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Sore hamstring|
TORONTO (AP) -- Colby Rasmus got the best of his little brother - and didn't feel too good about it.
Rasmus hit a two-run homer and later doubled off his younger brother, Cory, to lead the Toronto Blue Jays past the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.
"It was a strange feeling," Colby Rasmus said. "Lot of emotions going on. It was awesome and terrible at the same time."
The brother vs. brother matchup wasn't as draining for Cory, a rookie reliever for the Braves who is about 15 months younger than Toronto's center fielder.
"It's not the outcome you wanted," he said. "It was still awesome."
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and J.P. Arencibia added a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who lost third baseman Brett Lawrie to a sprained ankle.
Encarnacion went 2 for 5 with five RBIs as the Blue Jays improved to 3-0 in interleague play. Toronto has won nine of 12 against NL opponents dating to last season.
Mark Buehrle (2-3) surprised himself by allowing only one run and five hits in six innings to snap a seven-start winless streak and earn his 26th career interleague victory. The veteran left-hander, whose previous win was April 15, is the all-time leader in interleague wins.
"Today was probably the worst I've felt coming out of the bullpen this season," Buehrle said. "That just tells you how screwed up this game is. I've felt great coming out of the bullpen and got my butt handed to me. Today I was like, if I get through five innings it's going to be a miracle."
Buehrle walked two and struck out six. He retired 11 of his first 13 batters and didn't allow a hit until Evan Gattis ' two-out double in the fourth.
"He made some pitches through the course of the night that kept us off balance," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Brad Lincoln worked two innings and Thad Webber finished for the Blue Jays.
Lawrie left in the sixth after spraining his left ankle sliding into second on a stolen base. He initially stayed in the game but was visibly hobbled advancing to third on Emilio Bonifacio 's grounder. Mark DeRosa came on to pinch run, then replaced Lawrie at third base.
The Blue Jays said he is day to day.
"I didn't feel a pop or anything like that, so that was a great sign to me," Lawrie said.
Gattis hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot off Lincoln in the eighth, but the Braves lost their second straight following an eight-game winning streak. Tim Hudson (4-4) matched a season worst by allowing six runs and eight hits in six innings, extending his winless streak to four starts.
"Obviously, the results stink for me right now and for our club," Hudson said. "I feel confident that things are going to be a lot better, hopefully really soon."
Adam Lind doubled leading off the second and, one out later, Colby Rasmus hit his eighth homer into the second deck.
"We got behind the 8-ball right off the get-go with that," Gonzalez said.
Toronto added two more in the third. Melky Cabrera walked, Jose Bautista doubled and both runners scored on Encarnacion's single.
Buehrle's shutout bid ended in the fifth when Chris Johnson doubled and scored on a two-out single by Andrelton Simmons .
After Lind walked to begin the sixth, Arencibia followed with a shot to center, his 12th.
Toronto put it away in the seventh against Cory Rasmus . Cabrera doubled, Bautista walked and Encarnacion hit a first-pitch homer, his team-high 14th.
Watching his brother give up Encarnacion's long drive didn't feel too good for Colby Rasmus .
"My gut kind of wrenched up a little bit," he said.
Two batters later, Rasmus doubled off his brother, the first time they had faced each other in the majors.
"I was hoping our brother would get the better end of that one, but he didn't," Gonzalez said.
It was the first time brothers had gone head-to-head in a big league game since June 13, 2010, when pitchers Jered and Jeff Weaver squared off in an interleague meeting between the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers.
NOTES: Braves OFs Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton were rested. Heyward had played nine straight games since returning from an appendectomy May 17. Upton is batting .148. ... Atlanta RHP Jordan Walden (shoulder) threw one scoreless inning in a rehab outing for Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Toronto RHP Esmil Rogers (1-2, 4.56 ERA) will make his first start of the season Wednesday at Atlanta. Rogers, who has made 22 relief appearances this year, last started for Colorado in 2011. ... Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca managed the Blue Jays from 2002-04.