ATLANTA — Jason Heyward stole third base and scored on catcher J.P. Arencibia's throwing error in the 10th inning as the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Heyward opened the 10th with an infield single off Francisco Cordero (1-4) and moved to second on pinch-hitter Jack Wilson's sacrifice. With rookie Andrelton Simmons at the plate, Heyward took off for third base. Arencibia's throw skipped past third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left field, allowing Heyward to score the winning run.
Cristhian Martinez (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the Braves, who remained one game behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
Heyward scored on Chad Beck's balk in the sixth to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Blue Jays tied the game in the eighth when Edwin Encarnacion doubled and scored on Yunel Escobar's groundout.
Jose Bautista homered for Toronto.
Each team stranded runners at third in the ninth.
Rajai Davis led off the inning with an infield single off Craig Kimbrel and stole second on pinch-hitter David Cooper's strikeout. Davis also stole third before Kimbrel struck out Lawrie and ended the inning on a fly to left by Colby Rasmus.
Atlanta's Martin Prado doubled to left field off Jason Frasor in the bottom of the ninth and moved to third on Frasor's wild pitch before Dan Uggla struck out to end the inning.
Toronto pitchers issued seven walks, including four to Uggla. Kyle Drabek gave up three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings.
Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy also was wild. He gave up two runs on three hits and a season-high five walks in five-plus innings.
Drabek began the night third in the American League with 41 walks and added two in the third inning to help the Braves take a 1-0 lead. Beachy, who had two hits, singled and moved to third on Michael Bourn's double. Drabek loaded the bases by walking Brian McCann with two outs before also walking Uggla to force in Beachy.