Lawrie, offense showing positive signs

Lawrie, offense showing positive signs

Lawrie, offense showing positive signs
TORONTO -- One productive game doesn't mean the Blue Jays' offensive woes at the plate are over, but there are at least a few encouraging things to take out of Toronto's 12-4 victory over the Braves on Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Jays entered play on Sunday averaging just three runs per game over their previous four contests. Through the first four innings on Sunday the club was shut out before erupting for 12 runs over the next four frames.

It was an important turnaround which came at the end of a six-game road trip that saw the club go 3-3.

"Considering how the series started, and more importantly how Game 3 started, to see our guys respond as they did [was important]," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We swung the bat, I thought, exceptionally well from the fifth inning on, a little bit more of an all-field approach that allowed us to bunch a number of hits together.

"It was just good to see them go out, I almost want to say have some fun, but have some production and swing the bat with a little bit more looseness."

One player in particular that saw a jump in production against Atlanta veteran reliever Livan Hernandez was Brett Lawrie. Toronto's third baseman snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a single and two-run homer.

It was Lawrie's first home run of the month, and the second-year player continues to search for the stroke that made him one of the club's most feared hitters during his brief stint in Toronto last season.

"He gave himself a chance to not be as over-aggressive in the box," Farrell said. "I think when he gets over-amped up a little bit, you see him kind of lunge. He'll get some balls deep in the strike zone that he's fouled off. When his timing's been a little bit more consistent, his point of contact is up front. And I think that was the case yesterday, where he just wasn't trying to make things happen too much."