Blue Jays break out behind Bautista's big day

Slugger homers, drives in three to support Estrada's strong start vs. Braves

Blue Jays break out behind Bautista's big day

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jose Reyes opened the game with a double and Jose Bautista hit his second homer of the spring as the Blue Jays frustrated Julio Teheran and the Braves in a 10-5 victory at Champion Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Bautista drove in Reyes with a first-inning single and then greeted Minor Leaguer Ryne Harper with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Harper surrendered the blast immediately after replacing Teheran, who was charged with seven runs (six earned) and nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

Teheran, who is lined up to serve as Atlanta's Opening Day starter, surrendered six hits and issued a walk as the Blue Jays batted around in their four-run third inning. The Braves right-hander might have escaped the inning unscathed had the hard infield not created a bad hop that prevented shortstop Pedro Ciriaco from fielding what initially appeared to be a routine double-play grounder off Dioner Navarro's bat.

Daric Barton followed Navarro's single with a two-run single, and Caleb Gindl added to Teheran's third-inning woes with a sacrifice fly.

Marco Estrada improved his rotation bid as he scattered three hits over three scoreless innings against the Braves, who received an RBI double from Todd Cunningham in the sixth inning and a three-run homer from Joey Terdoslavich in the seventh inning.

Up next: The Blue Jays will enjoy their first off-day of the spring on Monday before visiting the Yankees in a rare night game on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Drew Hutchison will get the start for Toronto, and he is expected to throw five innings. Promising right-hander Miguel Castro will pitch in relief as he continues his attempt at winning a job in the bullpen. Other pitchers who could be made available include Roberto Osuna, Liam Hendriks and Chad Jenkins.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.