ATLANTA -- Manager John Farrell said while the Blue Jays have lost back-to-back games in their opponents' last at-bat, they are looking at the positives of the last two nights' close losses.
"I think we all look at it internally here, as we put ourselves in a position to not only have a lead in the middle innings and potentially even later in the game," Farrell said. "The last two games have been a little bit more difficult, but it's not like we've got to revamp things."
Farrell noted the Blue Jays had the go-ahead run on third base with one out in the ninth inning Friday. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out Brett Lawrie and got Colby Rasmus to fly out to left field to end the threat. The Braves went on to win the game, 4-3, in 10 innings when Jason Heyward stole third and then scored on catcher J.P. Arencibia's throwing error.
Farrell said he was happy the Blue Jays were able to tie the game at 3 in the eighth, and then give themselves a chance to take the lead in the ninth.
"I think we play extremely tough baseball, we compete," Farrell said. "I don't want to be known as a bunch of hard triers, but at the same time, this is a talented team and we've got to continue to execute all the way through."
The Blue Jays are 3-11 in one-run games this season. The 11 losses are tied for the most in the American League in one-run games.
While Farrell said he thinks their poor record in close games is more of a fluke, veteran utility infielder Omar Vizquel said he thinks the youth of the Blue Jays has been a factor.
"I think its part of the inexperience sometimes of some of the guys," Vizquel said. "We're learning. We're learning the hard way."