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Blue Jays edge Phillies in 10
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com - Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning proved to be the difference as the Toronto Blue Jays eked by the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, at Citizens Bank Park.
The Blue Jays, despite squandering a 5-0 lead, ended their eight-game road trip on a high note as they took both games of this brief series and head back to Toronto to face these same Phillies for two more games.
They have beaten Philadelphia in six straight meetings, though Tuesday's win was made far more difficult after Cody Asche smacked a game-tying grand slam in the sixth.
In the 10th, Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista both singled off Antonio Bastardo (3-2) to put runners on the corners, and Francisco's fly to center was deep enough for Cabrera to score without a play at the plate.
Marcus Stroman (1-0) recorded the first out of the bottom half after stranding a runner on third in the ninth, and Aaron Loup retired the only two batters he faced to post his second save of the year.
Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus both homered for the Blue Jays, who went 4-4 on their road swing.
"It ended up being a good trip," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Maybe (this) will spark us."
Asche recorded four of the Phillies' 10 hits, but the squad still fell for the fourth time in six games.
Cole Hamels was let off the hook when his teammates put an end to a 21-inning scoreless streak with a five-spot off Drew Hutchison in the sixth inning, effectively erasing a 5-0 deficit and getting the home fans off their seats.
Ryan Howard knocked in the first run with a single, and after pinch-hitter John Mayberry worked a two-out walk to load the bases, Asche hammered a changeup over the middle of the plate into the right-field seats for his first career grand slam.
Hamels gave up five runs on 10 hits in his six-inning start, while Hutchison lasted eight frames and surrendered one less hit.
Encarnacion led off the second inning with a no-doubter that nearly reached the second deck in left field, and Toronto tacked on three more in the fourth.
A double by Bautista and a single by Encarnacion put runners on the corners, and after Francisco produced a run with a groundout, Rasmus launched his eighth home run of the season for a 4-0 Toronto lead.
"I was trying to be on the corners but I was missing," Hamels said. "I had to throw right to their strength. They hit the ball out of the ballpark frequently and they did so tonight."
Steve Tolleson added an RBI double in the sixth before the Phillies rallied in the bottom half.
Bautista had three of Toronto's 12 hits and has reached base safely in all 33 of his games this year ... Hutchison has not won in six outings since winning his season debut on April 1 at Tampa Bay ... Hamels came in 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays.
05/06 23:09:07 ET