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Former Braves Yunel Escobar And Jo-Jo Reyes Combine To Beat Athletics

The Blue Jays can thank the Braves for a win this season. Former Braves Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes combined to beat the Athletics Tuesday night, 7-6, in 10 innings.

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Reyes actually struggled, allowing five runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out three. He gave up three runs in the third and two in the fifth. However, the Blue Jays came back with one run in the fourth and four runs in the sixth tie it at six.

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Escobar's contribution came in the 10th inning and in a big way, as he hit a two-run home run down by one to win in walk off fashion. Escobar ended the day 3-5 with a home run and two RBI. He is 6-16 to begin the season with a triple, homer and three RBI.

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As a side note, according to Escobar, he predicted he would win the game for the Blue Jays back in the middle innings when the team was down by five. Sounds like Yunel.

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Escobar and Reyes were shipped to Toronto last season in exchange for Alex Gonzalez and shortstop prospect Tyler Pastornicky. The trade probably isn't one to compare considering Escobar had run himself out of the Braves clubhouse with his attitude. But if you did compare, the Jays have the advantage with Yunel over Gonzalez at shortstop. Things could change if Pastornicky develops into a starting shortstop in the majors, but he is still a year or two away.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.