The Phils couldn’t do much against Toronto starter AJ Burnett last night, so two home runs and five RBI from former Phil Rod Barajas proved to be too many. Barajas hit a grand slam in the first and added a solo shot in the ninth while the Phils managed just three runs on six hits in the game.
Adam Eaton had another short appearance for the Phillies. He gave them just five innings. Tom Gordon was hit hard in the ninth, ending a string of 12 appearances without a run charged.
The Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, falling 6-3 to drop to 24-20 on the season.
Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a grand slam by Rod Barajas and a double. He struck out three.
Joe Inglett singled with one out in the first. Alex Rios flew to right for the second out before Scott Rolen doubled down the third base line and into the left field corner. Inglett tried to score but Rollins’ relay from Burrell was fantastic and Coste tagged him out to end the inning.
Eaton hit Matt Stairs to start the second. Lyle Overbay and Marco Scutaro followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases with nobody out. Barajas hit a 2-1 pitch from Eaton out the opposite way to right field to put the Blue Jays up 4-0. Eaton got the next three.
Utley made a nice diving play to rob Rios of a hit on a live drive back up the middle to start the third. Rolen followed with a walk, but Eaton got the next two to end the frame.
Scutaro walked to start the fourth. Barajas popped to second for the first out before the pitcher AJ Burnett bunted Scutaro to second. Brad Wilkerson was next. He hit a ground ball between first and second. Howard dove for it and it went off his glove. Scutaro tried to score as the Utley picked up the ball and threw home. Coste missed the tag, but Scutaro slid passed home. The home plate ump oddly signaled him safe despite the fact that he hadn’t touch the plate. Scutaro lunged for the plate and Coste tagged him out to end the inning. Nice throw by Utley and the second time in four innings the Phillies threw a runner out at the plate for the third out of the inning.
Rolen and Stairs singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth. Eaton got Overbay on a ground ball to second for the third out.
Eaton was due to lead off the bottom of the fifth and the Phils hit for him down 4-1. He had thrown 90 pitches in the game. Madson started the sixth and gave up a leadoff walk to Scutaro. Barajas was next and flew to the warning track in center. Scutaro tagged and tried to go to second, but Werth threw him out. Burnett grounded to short for the third out.
Madson threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Romero started the eighth with the Phils still down 4-1. Shannon Stewart doubled to left with one out and Overbay moved him to third with a ground ball to short. Gordon came in to pitch to the righty Scutaro and got him to ground to second for the third out.
Manuel brought Gordon back for the ninth with the Phils now down 4-3. Didn’t work. Barajas led off the inning with a home run to left. 5-3. Hill singled and stole second before Wilkerson popped out for the first out. Hector Luna hit for the pitcher Scott Downs and hit a ground ball to first that Howard didn’t handle for an error. Hill scored to put Toronto up 6-3. Rios moved Luna to second with a single. That was it for Gordon and Seanez came in to pitch to Rolen. Rolen flew to center for the second out and Luna went to third. With Stewart at the plate on men on first and third, the Blue Jays tried a double steal before Seanez had come home with the pitch. Seanez looked Luna back and threw to second. Utley moved in front of the bag and made a strong throw home to get Luna and end the frame.
Miserable base-running in the game for the Blue Jays.
Two strong innings out of the pen for Madson, who has his ERA down to 4.22. Gordon allowed two runs on four hits and got just two outs. Twenty pitches for Madson, 18 for Gordon, nine for Romero and four for Seanez.
The Phillies lineup against righty AJ Burnett went (1) Rollins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Jenkins returns to right as the Phils finally see a righty after five straight lefties. Victorino on the bench and Werth in center and hitting second. Dobbs plays third against the righty. Coste catches again, Ruiz has missed time with a stomach flu.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first and the second.
Eaton walked with two outs in the third and the Phils down 4-0. Rollins moved him to third with a single and stole second before Werth walked to load the bases. Utley grounded to third to end the inning.
With two outs in the fourth, Jenkins singled and scored when Dobbs followed with a double to center. It cut the Blue Jay lead to 4-1. Coste struck out for the third out.
With two outs in the fifth, Werth walked and stole second. Utley struck out for the third out. Taguchi hit for Eaton to start the inning, which is early given that Eaton had just allowed four runs. The Phillies’ pen was well-rested. Eaton wasn’t pitching well, but all the runs he had allowed came on one swing of the bat.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth.
Dobbs singled to start the seventh before Coste popped out for the first out. Victorino hit for Madson and Dobbs stole second. Victorino walked. Rollins hit the first pitch of his at-bat into right for a double. Both runners scored and the Phils were within one at 4-3. Rollins went to third on a passed ball, but Werth struck out for the second out of the inning. Utley was hit by a pitch to put two men on for Howard, but Howard flew to right to end the inning.
Unfortunate strikeout for Werth with one out and a man on third in a one run game.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Bruntlett hit for Jenkins with lefty Scott Downs on the mound and fouled out for the second out. Bruntlett’s career slugging percentage against lefties is .401 — down a run I think I would have let Jenkins hit. Dobbs struck out for the third out.
Down 6-3 in the ninth, Rollins doubled with two outs and took third on defensive indifference. Feliz hit for Rudy Seanez and struck out to end the game.
Rollins was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.
Werth was 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts.
Utley 0-for-3 and left four men on base.
Howard 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Burrell 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-his-last-12.
Dobbs 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.87) faces righty Shaun Marcum (4-2, 2.22) this afternoon. Opponents are hitting just .151 against Marcum in his eight starts and he’s struck out 49 in 56 2/3 innings. Marcum started against the Phils on May 19 of last season and allowed two runs over six innings. Kendrick has made five quality starts in his last six appearances. The Phils are 5-0 in the last five games he’s started.