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CLE@TOR: Reyes breaks the streak, notches first win

Braves starter Brandon Beachy can't wait to get back on the mound.

The Blue Jays will be waiting for him when he does.

On Wednesday, Beachy will take the hill for the first time since he suffered an oblique injury May 13 against the Phillies. He's starting in place of Tommy Hanson, who is on the disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.

Beachy is anxious. He's excited. His team is also on roll.

Atlanta started its nine-game homestand with a 1-4 record, but including Tuesday's 5-1 victory, has won three in a row. The Braves are one victory away from a winning homestand.

"It'd be huge. We definitely got off to a slower start," Beachy said. "We all look around this clubhouse every day and we get out there on the field, we're getting closer. Everyone can feel that. Hopefully things will start falling into place and we get a little snowball effect and things take off for us."

Toronto's offense has seen better days. The Blue Jays have scored just 30 runs in their past 12 games. They still rank among American League leaders with 339 runs scored and 81 home runs.

"Every team goes through their spurts of time when you can't get a lot going on the offense," Toronto slugger Jose Bautista said. "We had it a couple of times earlier in the year, but we're in the top five in the American League in probably every major offensive category. Throughout the whole year, I think we've done a good job at it, lately, [other than] the one day in Cincinnati that we lost and [Monday's loss]. We might have just run into some good pitching, too."

For his part, Bautista went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .325 with 21 home runs. He's hitting .222 in his last 10 games.

"It always happens, it's just that now it's happening more often than not," he said. "When you're in a good zone, seeing the ball well and you can lay off the bad pitches and swing at the good ones, you're being consistent. The only thing right now is I'm not being consistent."

Adam Lind went 2-for-4 on Tuesday and is hitting .328 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs. On Monday, Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero caused a stir when he said his team has to find a way to generate runs and can't rely on Bautista and Lind to carry the offense all of the time.

Romero was only partially correct in his assessment.

"While Jose and Adam are having very good years, I wouldn't say they are the only contributors to this offense," manager John Farrell said. "We still happen to be fourth in the league in runs scored and to say they're carrying the load, we have had many contributions from people in this uniform and in this clubhouse."

Blue Jays: Reyes in midst of strong stretch
• Toronto starter Jo-Jo Reyes allowed just two runs on six hits in his last start against the Reds and has won three of his past four decisions after beginning the season 0-4 in 10 starts. He has pitched into the seventh in four straight games.

"I was able to get ahead, locate my pitches in and out and use the changeup effectively off the fastball," Reyes said after his last start. "I have a great group of guys, position players, starters, they welcomed me from Spring Training and it has just taken off from there. I felt wanted here, glad to be here, and it's awesome."

• Bautista has extended his lead among all other Major Leaguers to nearly a half-million votes and is on his way towards his second career All-Star selection. Bautista has 4,156,940 votes, which is more than 492,000 ahead of Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who has the Majors' second-highest total with 3,664,498.

Braves: Beachy feeling peachy
Beachy's oblique injury came during an at-bat but he has not experienced any problems during batting practice lately.

And no, he does not feel any pressure to replicate Tim Hudson's recent success at the plate. The veteran pitcher hit a two-run home run Monday.

"My swing feels comfortable," Beachy said. "I'm not going to go up there [Wednesday] and try to duplicate what Huddy did [Monday] night, but I'll try and take some nice, easy swings and go back up the middle with it if I get the chance to swing."

Overall, Beachy is hitless in 14 at-bats this season. He has struck out nine times.

"I think I've solidified myself as one of the worst hitters in all of baseball," he said, "[with] my 0-fer the season so far and my oblique injury coming at the plate. I'm just trying to earn a little bit of respect around here by maybe a hard lineout or something like that."

Worth noting
• The Braves will offer free tickets to all military personnel during 4th of July weekend (July 1-4) at Turner Field.

• Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie has resumed some baseball-related activities, but has yet to start swinging a bat. Lawrie hasn't played since May 31 because of a fractured left hand.

• Hanson said he is confident he will be ready to start the June 28 series finale against the Mariners.

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