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Atlanta Braves score in bottom of ninth inning to earn 10-9 win over Jays

NORTH PORT, Fla. — Arjun Nimmala belted his first homer with the Toronto Blue Jays in a 10-9 spring-training loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Toronto selected Nimmala, an 18-year-old shortstop, in the first round of the '23 draft.

Nimmala walked in his first plate appearance before homering in a three-run ninth inning as Toronto (11-13) tied the game 9-9. But Leury Garcia's single brought home E.J. Exposito with the winning run for Atlanta (10-13) in its half of the ninth.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Daniel Vogelbach and Rafael Lantigua also homered for Toronto. Jays right-hander Wes Parsons (0-1) took the loss.

Toronto visits the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 20, 2024.

The Canadian Press