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Marcus Stroman a hit for Jays on the mound and at bat

ATLANTA—The fireworks that erupted on Wednesday night were the kind that the Toronto Blue Jays would rather forget. Thursday’s were worth remembering, though.Three Jays hit their first home runs of the season, and the Jays scored three runs in three of the first four innings to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0. After three straight losses to the Braves — and a long day that included a two-game suspension for Kevin Pillar — each inning seemed an incremental success for this depleted, beleaguered lineup as it attempts to claw its way back into contention.The cherry Thursday was an opposite-field home run in the top of the fourth inning hit by none other than the Jays’ starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman. “I was talking with a few people earlier, I said, ‘Stro’s got a way of doing something when we need something desperately, he comes through,’ ” Gibbons said.The 26-year-old’s second hit of the year was even more memorable than his first, a double in St. Louis, as Stroman became just the second pitcher in franchise history to hit a homer. Mark Hendrickson was the first to write his name into the Jays’ record books, back in June 2003. Article Continued BelowStroman’s home run was Toronto’s third of the game, after a two-run shot from Pillar’s replacement, Darrell Ceciliani and a solo dinger from catcher Luke Maile, just his third hit of the year. The returning Kendrys Morales, who went 4-for-5, and Chris Coghlan chipped in with two RBIs a piece to give the Jays their largest win margin of the season, avoiding an embarrassing four-game sweep.It wasn’t a night devoid of heartbreak for Toronto, with Ceciliani forced out of his first major -league start of the season after suffering a possible partial dislocation of his left shoulder following his first homer as a Jay. He joins six other Jays players on the disabled list.

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