ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Where have you gone Ty Taubenheim?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
The Atlanta Braves scored their eighth straight win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field Saturday afternoon, this one a 5-2 win before 32,819 fans.
That statement about the America League dominating the National League during inter-league play may be true ... except when it comes to the Blue Jays.
The AL was six games over .500 entering play Saturday. The Jays are 2-3 with Ricky Romero pitching Sunday’s finale against Julio Teheran filling in for spot-start for Tim Hudson.
Craig Kimbrel worked a 1-2-3-ninth for the save.
The Jays have not beaten the Braves in Atlanta since June 22, 2006 when Taubenheim worked 2/3 of an inning in relief for the win the second of five relievers who followed A.J. Burnett to the mound in a 3-2 decision for manager John Gibbons.
The win was the only one Taubenheim recorded in the right-hander’s 14-game career from 2006-to-2008, with the Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jays starters that day in 2006 -- Reed Johnson, Alex Rios, Vernon Wells, Troy Glaus, Shea Hillenbrand, Bengie Molina, Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill -- all have either retired or have switched uniforms.
Same for the Braves starting lineup of Wilson Betemit, Edgar Renteria, Andruw Jones, Jeff Francoeur, Adam LaRoche and Scott Thorman -- with the exception of catcher Brian McCann and injured third baseman Chipper Jones.
Jays starter rookie Drew Hutchison had a base runner in each of the first two innings. Michael Bourn led off the third with a single and after a two-out walk to McCann second baseman Dan Uggla put the Braves on the board with a three-run homer to centre on a 1-1 pitch for his 11th homer.
Hutchison also gave up a solo homer to rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons, his first homer in his 24th plate appearance.
“Another good one from Curacao,” said former manager Bobby Cox about Simmons, who like Andruw Jones is also from the small island north of Venezuela.
The Braves gave the rookie the silent treatment when he arrived in the dugout before mobbing him.
Jose Constanza followed Simmons with a single and was bunted to second, lefty Luis Perez took over and he was greeted by a run-scoring single by Bourne for a 5-2 lead.
The Jays scored in the sixth against right-hander Tommy Hanson when Colby Rasmus singled and Jose Bautista hit the first pitch to left for his 17th homer.
The Jays are hitless in eight at-bats with men in scoring position.
Hanson pitched eight innings allowing five hits, while striking out four for his seventh win. Hutchison fell to 5-3.