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Jays' Ryu baffles Braves with changeup, eight strikeouts

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed just one hit in five innings to earn his first win of the season Wednesday in Atlanta. Photo by Tami Chappell/UPI
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed just one hit in five innings to earn his first win of the season Wednesday in Atlanta. Photo by Tami Chappell/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Hyun-Jin Ryu bewildered batters with his elite changeup and had eight strikeouts to earn his first win as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in a stellar showing against the Atlanta Braves.

Ryu allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings in the 2-1 win Wednesday at Truist Park in Atlanta. He allowed a total of 13 hits and eight runs in his first two starts this season for Toronto after he signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the franchise this off-season.

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"My fastball and cutter got better compared to the last outing," Ryu told reporters. "My changeup, fastball, cutter -- they all improved in [Wednesday's] game. I just think I need to brush up on it a little bit more.

"One thing that I don't like is the amount of base on balls that I gave up in the outings that I've pitched, so I still need to brush up on my command and make sure that I go through the lineup more easily."

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Ryu walked Ronald Acuna in his first exchange of Wednesday's contest. He retired the next three hitters he faced before he allowed his only hit of the day -- a single to Adam Duvall. The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead on a Danny Jansen sacrifice fly in the top of the second frame.

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Toronto doubled the lead on a Cavan Biggio RBI single in the fifth inning. Duvall brought in the Braves' only score with a solo home run in the seventh inning.

Bo Bichette went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the win. Biggio was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Duvall went 2 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk for the Braves.

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Braves starter Sean Newcomb allowed five hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The Braves (8-5) host the Blue Jays (4-5) in the final game of the series at 7:10 p.m. EDT Thursday in Atlanta.

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