Julio Teheran was enjoying a fine outing in his first start with the Atlanta Braves in 2012, but the Toronto Blue Jays ruined that with a big fifth inning to spoil the sweep attempt Sunday at Turner Field.
The Braves gave up a season-high six runs in the fifth to snap their six-game winning streak en route to a 12-4 loss, but Julio Teheran threw only 43 pitches while giving up one hit through the first four innings in his spot start for the injured Tim Hudson.
The fifth inning did in Teheran, who used 31 pitches to retire only one of five batters he faced in the frame.
"I tried to do more than I did in the first four innings," Teheran said. "I was excited to win the game, and I got a little too out of control."
Trying to preserve the 4-1 lead, Fredi Gonzalez turned to Livan Hernandez with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, but Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus each drove in runs on singles. Jose Bautista followed with the go-ahead RBI on a single, and Edwin Encarnacion capped off six straight hits with a double that put the score at 6-4.
The Blue Jays struck again with three more runs in the sixth with back-to-back home runs by Lawrie and Rasmus, resulting in a chorus of boos that Hernandez had no problem with, mainly because he gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings.
"It's a crazy game," Hernandez said. "We're supposed to win that game. I let it go easy. I'll come back. I understand the fans [have] got to boo. I'm supposed to get booed because I did not do a great job today."
Teheran already knew that he would be sent back to Triple-A Gwinnett after the game, but vowed to use his start as a learning experience.
"I think this is a good experience," Teheran said. "I will try to be better for the next one."
The Braves start a three-game set with the New York Yankees and are looking for their first win on a Monday on their ninth try. Randall Delgado (4-5) will look to make another strong outing against Ivan Nova (7-2).