Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5(10)
The Philadelphia Phillies found yet another way to cost Cliff
Lee his first victory of the season.
Rajai Davis drove home the winning run with a two-out drive in
the 10th inning that bounced over the wall and the Toronto Blue
Jays rallied past the Phillies 6-5 Saturday, extending Lee’s
winless streak to 11 starts.
The Phillies, who have lost 11 of their last 14, fell to 1-8 in
games decided in the final at-bat. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins also
made a costly throwing error, the team’s 14th miscue in 10
”That’s kind of how we play,” exasperated manager Charlie
Manuel said. ”We find a way to lose the game.”
John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer, but Philadelphia
couldn’t hold on despite taking a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the
”We could have had more wins but we don’t have them because we
don’t play good baseball,” Manuel fumed. ”Solidly, all around, we
don’t play good baseball. We’ve seen that quite a bit.”
Philadelphia lost for the fifth time this season when leading
after seven innings.
”We’ve been in good positions to win, that’s what’s hard to
figure out,” Manuel said. ”We put ourselves in good positions but
we can’t get the job done.”
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar hit a solo homer, finished
with three hits and scored twice, including the winning run.
After Toronto scored three times in the eighth to make it 5-all,
Escobar drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Joe Savery (0-2).
Escobar moved up on a balk, advanced to third on Mike McCoy’s
groundout and scored when Davis squared up an 0-2 pitch and hit a
drive that hopped over the left-center field wall.
”It’s always nice when you help the team win in dramatic
fashion, especially being down 0-2, odds against me,” Davis
By baseball’s official scoring rules, Davis was credited with a
single, even though balls bouncing over walls most often are
ground-rule doubles. Since Escobar only had to advance one base to
score, Davis’ hit went as a single.
The Blue Jays’ late rally denied Lee his first win of the
season. The Phillies ace matched a season-high by allowing five
runs and gave up a season-high 12 hits in seven-plus innings.
”They’re a good offense,” Lee said. ”They hit some good
Lee has not won since a 4-2 win over Atlanta on Sept. 26, 2011,
in his final start of the regular season. Lee then lost his only
postseason start last year, a 5-4 defeat to St. Louis on Oct.
”I can only control what I can control, I’m not going to get
frustrated,” Lee said. ”Obviously I would like to have more wins.
I would like for us to win more, period. What’s the point in
getting frustrated about it?”
Francisco Cordero (2-4) pitched one inning for the victory.
The Phillies opened the scoring in the first on back-to-back
doubles by Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence off Ricky Romero.
Toronto tied it in the second on Escobar’s fourth homer.
Philadelphia reclaimed the lead with a two-out rally in the
third. Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton hit consecutive singles and
Mayberry followed with his fourth home run.
The Blue Jays cut it to 4-2 in the bottom half when Davis
singled, stole second and scored on a two-out base hit by Colby
Philadelphia made it 5-2 with a run in the eighth off reliever
Robert Coello. Brian Schneider and Michael Martinez drew
back-to-back walks and Rollins followed with a ground-rule double
to right, with Martinez forced to stop at third.
The Blue Jays scored twice and chased Lee before an out was
recorded in the bottom half. Jose Bautista led off with a walk and
advanced to third on Edwin Encarnacion’s single to left. The relay
came to Rollins, whose ill-advised throw to second sailed into
right field, allowing both runners to score.
”We take a lot of pride in playing defense, we’ve done it for
years,” Rollins said. ”But this year, I don’t know, it’s been
”It’s just fundamental baseball, things that we’ve done around
here for years. That’s kept us in a lot of games and helped us win
a lot of games. It’s like, right now, the exact opposite. It’s
almost like a hex or something.”
Chad Qualls came on for Lee after Kelly Johnson followed with a
single. Escobar popped out but pinch-hitter David Cooper snapped an
0-for-18 slump by chopping a single through the right side, sending
Johnson to third. J.P. Arencibia followed with an RBI double down
the third base line, snapping an 0-for-13 slump.
Romero allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.
NOTES: Mayberry’s father played for the Blue Jays from 1978 to
1982. … Toronto placed RHP Drew Hutchison (sprained elbow) on the
15-day DL and recalled RHP Robert Coello from Triple-A Las Vegas.
… The Phillies recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley
and optioned RHP B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A. … Philadelphia C
Carlos Ruiz, who left Friday’s game with a strained muscle in his
left side, was feeling better Saturday and took batting practice
before the game. … Schneider, who started in place of Ruiz
Saturday, was hit by a pitch twice. … The game was briefly
delayed in the top of the first when Phillies DH Jim Thome asked
the grounds crew to add dirt to the left-handed batter’s box.