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Drew Hutchison can't go deep as Braves beat Blue Jays 8-7 despite five Toronto HRs

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TORONTO — Working deep into starts is a point of pride for Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison.

Right now, he's embarrassed by his results.

Jonny Gomes had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Freddie Freeman added a two-run shot and the Atlanta Braves beat Toronto 8-7 on Friday night.

Hutchison allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, failing to work at least five innings for the second straight start. It's the first time in his career that's happened.

"Obviously you want to go deep in the game," Hutchison said. "Our offense scored seven runs tonight. To not win that game is embarrassing to be honest."

Hutchison lasted six innings against the Yankees on opening day, but was chased after 4 1-3 on April 12 at Baltimore. He's failed to pitch at least six innings in four of his past five outings dating to last season.

"It looked like he had an aggressive mindset, he just wasn't really commanding the ball like he wanted to," catcher Russell Martin said.

Toronto hit five home runs, two each by Martin and Josh Donaldson, but fell to 0-4 in one-run games.

"The ball was flying everywhere and they ended up getting that one more than we did," manager John Gibbons said. "That's frustrating because in the end you feel like you can win those games."

Rookie Devon Travis also connected for the Blue Jays, who've lost four of five.

Batting for Cameron Maybin, Gomes opened the eighth with a drive to center off Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil (0-1). It was Gomes' 10th career pinch-hit homer, the most among active players.

Gomes is 6 for 9 with two home runs against Cecil.

"You get an opportunity to get the matchup that I want in that situation and we used it, we took advantage of it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Markakis went 4 for 4 and scored three runs as the Braves won for the third time in their last 11 interleague road games.

PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays' Devon Travis hits a foul ball in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves in baseball game action in Toronto, Friday, April 17, 2015. (Aaron Vincent ElkaimThe Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Toronto Blue Jays' Devon Travis hits a foul ball in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves in baseball game action in Toronto, Friday, April 17, 2015. (Aaron Vincent ElkaimThe Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Two outs after Gomes' homer, Markakis singled and Freeman followed with a second-deck home run, his third.

Cody Martin (1-0) worked one inning for the win, Jim Johnson gave up two runs in the eighth and Jason Grilli finished for his fifth save.

Making his first start in the leadoff spot in place of the injured Jose Reyes, Travis put the Blue Jays on top with a homer in the first, his third. Travis is the first Blue Jays rookie to hit a leadoff homer since Russ Adams did it against the Yankees on Aug. 22, 2004.

Atlanta tied it in the second on Eric Young's two-out single, then took the lead on A.J. Pierzynski's RBI single in the third.

Martin tied it in the bottom half with his first homer of the season, snapping an 0-for-22 slump. He went deep again to begin the eighth, giving him his ninth career multihomer game. The homers were Martin's second and third hits of the season, boosting his average from .042 to .111.

"It's definitely encouraging but it's not really satisfying when you don't end up winning the game," Martin said.

Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the third, his first for Toronto, to put the Blue Jays up 4-2, but Atlanta reclaimed the lead with a two-out rally in the fifth. Andrelton Simmons chased Hutchison with a two-run double and Jace Peterson greeted Roberto Osuna with a tiebreaking triple.

Donaldson connected again in the bottom of the fifth to tie it 5-all. It was the fourth multihomer game of his career.

PINCHED

Blue Jays pitchers have allowed pinch-hit home runs in back-to-back games after not allowing one in their previous 279 games. Tampa Bay rookie Tim Beckham hit a pinch-hit homer off Aaron Loup in Thursday's Rays win. Before that, the last pinch-hitter to go deep against Toronto was Atlanta's Reed Johnson on May 30, 2013.

IN THE BAG

In the third, a fan seated behind first base caught a foul ball off the bat of Atlanta's Chris Johnson in his bag of snacks. He reached into the bag and pulled out the ball to cheers from nearby fans.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Reyes has a cracked rib on his left side and will miss this weekend's three-game series. Reyes won't play again until at least Tuesday against Baltimore. Toronto is off Monday.

UP NEXT

Braves LH Alex Wood (1-0) faces Blue Jays RH R.A. Dickey (0-1) on Saturday afternoon. Dickey issued five walks in his previous start, the most he'd allowed since April 17, 2014, at Minnesota.

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