Braves aim to stay on track vs. Blue Jays

The Atlanta Braves go after a fifth straight win this evening when they open a three-game interleague set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field.

After losing nine of 11, the Braves have bounced back in a big way and enter tonight's contest on the heels of sweeping the Miami Marlins. On Thursday, Martin Prado went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Atlanta's 8-2 victory.

Michael Bourn had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Jason Heyward crushed a pair of solo shots for the Braves, who have won six of their last seven.

Mike Minor (3-4) walked five and allowed four hits over five innings, but gave up just one run to earn his first win since April 19.

Brandon Beachy takes the hill for the Braves tonight trying to stop a personal three-game skid. Beachy's most recent loss came on Saturday against Washington, as he allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings to fall to 5-4 on the year to go along with a terrific 1.87 ERA.

He has allowed more than two runs just once in his 11 starts this season and has an amazing 0.95 WHIP.

Beachy beat the Jays last season, holding them to a run and four hits in six innings.

"I pitched against them last year in Interleague, so I have some video to look at and a little bit to go on," said Beach. "They're a good team that plays in a really good division and they can hit the ball. It's going to be a fun challenge."

Toronto, meanwhile, was denied a sweep in Chicago, as the White Sox pulled out a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Mike McCoy clubbed a two-run single and Yunel Escobar added two hits and a run scored for Toronto, which had a brief three-game win streak snapped.

Getting the call for the Blue Jays tonight will be righty Kyle Drabek, who is 4-6 with a 4.35 ERA. Drabek lost his second straight start on Saturday to Boston, as he allowed five runs (2 earned) and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He also walked four batters and struck out the same.

Drabek has never faced Atlanta.

The Braves swept the Jays last season and have won the last six in the series. Toronto managed just two runs in last year's three-game sweep.