Happ, Jays silence Phillies
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Reyes led off the game with a home run, while J.A. Happ and the Toronto bullpen did the rest in the Blue Jays' 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.
Happ (1-0) scattered three hits and four walks over five scoreless innings to pick up the win in his first start of the season.
Toronto, which improved to 3-4 on an eight-game road trip, saw Esmil Rogers, Aaron Loup, Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil each toss a scoreless inning of relief to complete the shutout.
"They did good down there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of his relievers. "They're pretty good."
The Phillies pulled out a 1-0 win in the rubber match of a three-game series against the Nationals on Sunday, but they did not overcome another sluggish offensive showing as the club went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.
Kyle Kendrick (0-3) suffered his eighth straight losing decision dating back to last year despite a quality start. The right-hander lasted seven frames after giving up three early runs.
"I just want to give my team a chance to win," Kendrick said. "Wins are...sometimes out of your control."
Reyes took Kendrick's third pitch of the game deep over the right-field wall for the 19th leadoff home run of his career, and Juan Francisco added another run in the opening frame with a bloop single just inside the left-field foul line to plate Melky Cabrera.
Colby Rasmus worked a walk to open the second and raced around to score when Josh Thole followed with a gapper to left, and the 3-0 cushion proved plenty.
Happ, who pitched for the Phillies from 2007-10, retired his counterpart to leave the bases loaded in the second, then struck out Ryan Howard with two on to end the next frame.
Howard nearly recorded a sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Jose Bautista's pinpoint throw from right field gunned down Marlon Byrd at the plate.
Loup stranded a pair in the seventh, Delabar shook off a two-out single in the eighth and Cecil closed the door despite Cody Asche reaching on an error en route to his second save.
Bautista kept his on-base streak alive when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. He has reached base safely in all 32 of his games this year ... Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie exited in the fourth inning due to right hamstring tightness ... The last Phillies starting pitcher to have a losing streak of eight decisions or more was Randy Wolf during the 1999 season ... After Tuesday's game, these teams will play two more times in Toronto this week.
05/06 01:32:20 ET