Blue Jays 3, Phillies 0

The Toronto Blue Jays overcame another pitching injury Friday

night. The latest injury to strike the Philadelphia Phillies might

be more than they can bear.

Rookie right-hander Drew Hutchison left in the first inning with

a sore elbow but five Toronto relievers combined on a five-hitter

as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 3-0, snapping a three-game

losing streak.

Philadelphia lost catcher Carlos Ruiz in the seventh inning with

a strained muscle in his left side. He was replaced by Brian

Schneider.

”(Ruiz) won’t be able to play for a few days for sure,”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ”We’ll know more by

tomorrow.”

Ruiz went 1 for 2 with a walk, boosting his team-leading average

to .362. Ruiz, who was injured swinging at strike three to end the

sixth, has eight homers, 35 RBIs and a team-high 16 doubles.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Erik Kratz is expected to join

the Phillies in Toronto on Saturday in case Ruiz is forced onto the

disabled list.

Injury-ravaged Philadelphia is already without infielders Ryan

Howard and Chase Utley, as well as two-time Cy Young award winner

Roy Halladay.

”It’s almost like a bug, if anything,” losing pitcher Vance

Worley said. ”A lot of us are doing what we need to do to make

sure we’re in shape to play and things are just kind of spiraling

out of control.”

Worley said the prospect of Ruiz joining Philadelphia’s lengthy

list of injury victims was ”terrible.”

”He’s been one of our most consistent guys and he does a good

job behind the dish for us, too,” Worley said.

Brett Lawrie had two doubles and drove in a run as the Blue Jays

won for just the third time in their past nine meetings with the

Phillies.

Philadelphia, last in the NL East, had won two straight coming

in but lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

”We didn’t have a very good game tonight,” Manuel said.

Hutchison became the third Blue Jays starter in five days to

leave with an injury when a sore right elbow forced him off the

mound after just nine pitches.

”I’ve never seen this,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said,

adding that there will likely be more news on Hutchison’s condition

Saturday.

”Until then it’s sheer speculation on the length, the severity

or anything like that,” Farrell said.

Aaron Laffey worked 1 2-3 innings, Carlos Villanueva earned the

win by pitching four innings, Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver each

worked one inning and Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his sixth

save in seven chances.

Villanueva (2-0) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out

five.

Before the game, the Blue Jays announced that an MRI on

right-hander Kyle Drabek revealed a torn ligament in his elbow.

Drabek, who had ligament replacement surgery as a minor leaguer in

2007, is due to visit noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday to

confirm the diagnosis.

Drabek, who left in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s loss to

Washington, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and left-hander

Brett Cecil was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Cecil will make

his season debut Sunday against the Phillies.

Adding to Toronto’s woes, right-hander Brandon Morrow left

Monday’s loss to the Nationals after nine pitches with a strained

muscle in his left side. He was later placed on the 15-day DL.

”We’re getting challenges thrown at us from every different

angle and health right now is certainly the big one,” Farrell

said.

Toronto broke through against Worley (3-3) with consecutive

two-out doubles in the third. Rajai Davis doubled to left and

Lawrie followed with an RBI double to right.

The Blue Jays took advantage of an error by Phillies third

baseman Mike Fontenot to add two runs in the fourth. Jose Bautista

led off with a single and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a broken

bat grounder to third. Fontenot’s throw sailed wide of second base

and into foul territory in right field, allowing Bautista to score

as Encarnacion advanced to third. One out later, Encarnacion scored

on Yunel Escobar’s groundout.

Fontenot’s error was the 13th by the Phillies in their past nine

games.

Worley allowed three runs, one earned, and five hits in seven

innings, matching his longest start of the season. He walked two

and struck out five.

”That’s probably the best I’ve felt so far coming back,” said

Worley, who missed three weeks in May and early June with a sore

elbow. ”I got my pitch count up and the ball was doing what I

wanted it to do.”

NOTES: Halladay (sore back/shoulder muscle) played catch for the

first time Friday since landing on the 15-day DL on May 29.

Halladay made 30 throws from 60 feet on flat ground and will do the

same Sunday. … Utley (left knee), Howard (left Achilles) and OF

Laynce Nix (left calf) all played in a rehab game at extended

spring training Friday. Utley played four innings at second base,

while Howard and Nix batted but did not play in the field. …

Philadelphia OF Domonic Brown, who is at Triple-A, has a sprained

right knee and will not play for seven to 10 days, assistant

general manager Scott Proefrock said. Brown left in the fifth

inning of Thursday’s game.