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Jays Shutout Phils in Happ’s Return

Former Phillie J.A. Happ made his first start back at Citizens Bank Park since being dealt to Houston back in 2011. Happ eventually landed in Toronto, and faced the Phillies tonight as a Blue Jay.

His team gave him the lead early on, when shortstop Jose Reyes led off the ballgame with a solo home run off Kyle Kendrick. It was Reyes’ 19th career lead-off home run.

Three batters later, third baseman Juan Francisco hit a blooper that fell just fair into shallow left field to score Melky Cabrera from second.

The Jays tacked on another run in the second, when catcher Josh Thole doubled home Colby Rasmus for a 3-0 lead.

Happ went five shutout innings tonight against his old team,  allowing three hits and also walked four.

Kendrick finished with seven innings of three run ball, walked three and allowed three earned runs on seven Blue Jay hits. His season earned run average rose to 3.58, and he is still searching for his first win of the season.

The Phillies were shutout just a day after shutting out the Washington Nationals. They left  11 men on base tonight, and went 0-6 with runners in scoring position. They matched the Jays in hits with seven, but failed to get on the scoreboard.

The loss dropped them back to .500 at 15-15.

The Phils send Cole Hamels to the mound tomorrow in search of his first win of the season. He’ll be opposed by Drew Hutchison for Toronto.

First pitch, 7:05.

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