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Atlanta Braves end franchise-worst 12-game home skid by knocking off AL-East leading Blue Jays
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Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons, top, celebrates with Freddie Freeman (5) after hitting a game-winning single in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Atlanta. Atlanta won 3-2. - photo by John Bazemore

ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons’ tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning snapped a 12-game home losing streak and the Atlanta Braves beat the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Toronto began the night with a three-game lead over the New York Yankees, but the Blue Jays, despite the majors’ best record since the All-Star break, have lost two straight.

The Braves ended the longest home skid in franchise history. They began the game 14-46 overall since July 8.

Aaron Sanchez (7-6) took the loss, allowing four hits, one run and striking out one in 1 1-3 innings.

Arodys Vizcaino (3-1) faced the minimum in the ninth to earn the win.

Blue Jays sluggers Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista went a combined 0 for 8 with four strikeouts. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto’s other big bat, missed his second straight game with an injured finger.

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