Peterson's go-ahead double gets Braves past Jays

Infielder delivers decisive knock in 8th inning; Wood goes 6 solid frames

Peterson's go-ahead double gets Braves past Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- After Alex Wood delivered six solid innings of three-run ball, Jace Peterson ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth as the Braves defeated the Blue Jays, 5-3, on Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Atlanta opened the scoring in the top of the second inning after Kelly Johnson led off with a double. Two batters later, Phil Gosselin collected an RBI single with right-hander Marco Estrada on the mound for Toronto.

Gosselin's RBI single

Estrada was making his first appearance in two weeks after missing time with a sprained ankle. He was charged with the one run on five hits and struck out three over three innings. Estrada entered spring competing for the final spot in the rotation, but he is expected to begin the year out of the bullpen.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the third inning against Wood. Jose Reyes had a two-out single, Russell Martin followed with a walk and then both runners came around to score on a double to the gap in left-center field by Jose Bautista. Toronto's No. 3 hitter has five home runs and 12 RBIs in 13 games as he continues to enjoy a strong spring.

Toronto added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Martin. Wood was charged with the three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two. The 24-year-old Wood is expected to begin the season as Atlanta's No. 2 starter and has allowed seven earned runs in four outings.

Wood strikes out Encarnacion

"These last eight, 10 days, you're going to see the lineups stay in a little longer," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Today, [Wood] saw [Edwin] Encarnacion, Bautista, Russell Martin, [Josh] Donaldson, on and on. It was nice for him to match up against that tough a lineup."

The Braves then took control of the game with four runs over the next three innings against a pair of Blue Jays rookies. Right-handers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro hadn't allowed runs all spring, but they combined to surrender three runs on six hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings vs. Atlanta.

"I'll learn from today and I'm going to try to make those adjustments for the season," Osuna said. "I think it was a good day.

"That's going to happen in the season so I've got to get ready. I think everything was there. I just missed a couple fastballs a little bit up and they hit it."

Eric Young Jr. had a pair of hits and Kelly Johnson scored two runs for the Braves.

Up next: The Braves will head back to Champion Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face the Pirates, their second meeting of the spring. Right-hander Shelby Miller is slated to start for Atlanta against Pittsburgh right-hander Stolmy Pimentel. Veteran reliever Jason Grilli is also scheduled to pitch for the Braves. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET, with the game available on Gameday Audio.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.