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Jay Blues

The Phillies looked to rebound from a flat 3-0 loss last night against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Cole Hamels was also looking to rebound after a disastrous start last Tuesday against the New York Mets.

Unfortunately for the Phils, Hamels struggled again tonight.

The Blue Jays jumped ahead in the top of the second, when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion homered to left field for a solo shot.

The Jays scored again in the fourth, when Jose Bautista led off with a double. Encarnacion followed with a single to put runners on the corners with nobody out.

Third baseman Juan Francisco then grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced Encarnacion out and scored Bautista to make it 2-0 Toronto. The next batter was Colby Rasmus, and he took Hamels deep to right center-field for a two run shot.

With the score now 4-0, Francisco led off the top of the sixth with a single. Three batters later, second baseman Steve Tolleson would double him home for a 5-0 Toronto lead.

Hamels was gone after six innings, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits, including two home runs. His earned run average on the season went up to 7.02 and he remains winless in 2014.

The Phillies, however, refused to go quietly tonight.

Carlos Ruiz led off the sixth inning with a double, followed by a single by Chase Utley.  Ryan Howard followed with a single to score Ruiz and get the Phils on the board at 5-1.

Three batters later, Ryne Sandberg sent John Mayberry, Jr. up to pinch hit for the struggling Freddy Galvis. Mayberry walked, loading the bases for third baseman Cody Asche.

Asche came through in a big way, launching a grand slam home run to right field to tie the game at 5-5. Asche went 4-4 tonight, with four runs batted in and a run scored.

The Phillies bullpen came through for three scoreless innings tonight in relief of Hames, sending the game to extra innings.

Antonio Bastardo pitched the 10th, and gave up back to back singles to start the inning to Melky Cabrera and Bautista. He then uncorked a wild pitch with Francisco batting, which allowed Bautista to advance to second base.

Francisco then hit a fly ball to shallow center-field. Ben Revere made the catch, but his throw was cut off by Howard. The Jays took the lead 6-5, and that’s how the game ended.

The Phils as a team went 3-12 with runners in scoring position tonight and left five men on base.

They now find themselves one game under .500 at 15-16. They will travel to Toronto for the back end of this four game home and home series with the Blue Jays tomorrow and Thursday.

Cliff Lee gets the call for the Phillies against Mark Buerhle for Toronto. First pitch, 7:07.

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