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Uggla's big hit can't help Minor, Moylan

Uggla's big hit can't help Minor, Moylan

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Uggla's big hit can't help Minor, Moylan
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jason Lane's one-out ninth-inning RBI single off Peter Moylan proved decisive for the Blue Jays in Friday afternoon's 7-5 win over the Braves at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

Attempting to preserve a one-run lead, Moylan surrendered three singles before recording the second out of the inning. Brian Jeroloman provided the Blue Jays an insurance run with his own ninth-inning RBI single.

Dan Uggla gave the Braves a short-lived lead with a two-run seventh-inning single off left-handed reliever David Purcey. After George Sherrill issued a pair of walks in the top of the eighth, Kenny Wilson made him pay with a two-run game-tying single.

Braves starter Mike Minor was fortunate to allow just one run while surrendering five hits and issuing two walks in his three innings. The 23-year-old left-hander, who is battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, issued a pair of second-inning walks and induced former Atlanta shortstop Yunel Escobar to ground into an inning-ending double play.

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Escobar singled and scored on Corey Patterson's two-out first-inning single. He capped his two-hit performance against his former team with a fifth-inning single that moved Rajai Davis in position to score when Edwin Encarnacion damaged Rodrigo Lopez with a sacrifice fly.

Playing first base, Joe Mather committed a two-out sixth-inning throwing error that allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game with an unearned run off Lopez. The miscue erased the lead the Braves gained with a three-run fourth inning against Marc Rzepczynski.

Chipper Jones sparked the fourth with a leadoff single, and David Ross highlighted it with a two-run single. While Rzepczynski allowed five hits and three earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning, Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch allowed just one hit and recorded four strikeouts in three scoreless innings.

Litsch and Rzepczynski are among the four candidates vying to begin the season as Toronto's fifth starter.

Up next for the Braves: Derek Lowe will make his second start Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET, when Atlanta welcomes the Mets to the Wide World of Sports complex. Lowe worked two scoreless innings in Monday's debut without throwing a breaking ball. He may show at least a couple in this outing. Jones may attempt to return to third base for Saturday's contest. He played the position for the first time in nearly seven months Thursday and then rested his surgically repaired left knee while serving as the designated hitter Friday.

Up next for the Blue Jays: Top prospect Kyle Drabek is scheduled to make his Spring Training debut when Toronto hosts Detroit on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Drabek is expected to pitch two or three innings before stepping aside for left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes. The 26-year-old Reyes will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing against Detroit, which saw him allow two runs on two walks over two innings. Both pitchers are in the mix for the final two spots in the Toronto starting rotation. Right-handers Shawn Camp, Jason Frasor, Casey Janssen and Octavio Dotel also are scheduled to pitch.

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

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