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Wednesday, May 7th (All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (15-16) at Toronto Blue Jays (16-17), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00) Toronto - Mark Buehrle (5-1, 2.25)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Buehrle will try to become the first six-game winner in the major leagues when he leads the Toronto Blue Jays against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday at Rogers Centre.
Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals is also gunning for win No. 6 when he faces the Atlanta Braves this evening.
Buehrle is 5-1 on the season in six starts with a 2.25 earned run average and won his last outing Thursday at Kansas City. The veteran Buehrle, in his second season with the Blue Jays, allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 6 2/3 innings of a 7-3 triumph.
The left-hander rebounded from an April 25 loss to Boston in which he gave up seven runs (6 earned) on 12 hits in a season-low 5 1/3 innings. Buehrle, who has permitted 10 earned runs on the season, is 1-1 in two home starts and 5-2 with a 3.95 ERA in eight career starts against the Phillies.
Philadelphia will send a southpaw of its own in Cliff Lee to the bump Wednesday and he has posted two straight no-decisions, including a 5-3 loss to Washington at home on Friday. Lee was sharp through seven innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and four hits, until the bullpen imploded.
Lee remained at 3-2 on the season through seven starts and lowered his earned run average to 3.00. He has allowed one run or none four times and is unbeaten (3-0) in four road starts this season.
In 11 career starts against the Blue Jays, Lee is only 2-5 with a 4.46 ERA.
Toronto took both meetings with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, posting a 3-0 win in the series opener and a 6-5 victory in 10 innings Tuesday night. The Blue Jays squandered a 5-0 lead after the Phillies tied it in the bottom of the sixth inning courtesy of Cody Asche's two-out grand slam.
However, the Blue Jays took back the lead when Melky Cabrera scored on Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th. The Phillies were retired in order in the bottom half by Toronto relievers Marcus Stroman and Aaron Loup.
Drew Hutchison pitched the first eight innings for the visitors and gave up the big five-run inning. He struck out six and walked only one batter for the Jays, winners in three straight and four of six games.
Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion homered, and Jose Bautista collected three hits in the win. Bautista has reached base safely in all 33 of his games, while Rasmus has four homers and 11 RBI in the last six games.
Toronto went 4-4 on its eight-game road trip and will play the next nine games at Rogers Centre versus Philadelphia, the LA Angels and Cleveland.
"It ended up being a good trip," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Maybe (this) will spark us."
Philadelphia was hoping for a split of its home set with Toronto, especially after Asche's big blast in the sixth inning. Ryan Howard drove in a run and scored and both Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd added two hits for the Phillies, losers in two straight and four of six games.
Cole Hamels had another rough outing and did not record a decision after he allowed five runs and 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, in six innings. He struck out six and walked one batter.
"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."
Antonio Bastardo was dealt the loss for surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was not in the starting lineup for a second straight game because of a groin issue suffered Sunday versus Washington. He has appeared as a pinch-hitter in the last two games.
"Jimmy needs another day," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday. "He still has something there. He'll take a light pregame today and then see how that is tomorrow."
The Phillies will visit the New York Mets for three games after their quick series north of the border. They have lost six straight to the Blue Jays, who swept a three-game set at home from June 15-17, 2012.
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