Phillies fall to Blue Jays, 5-3, in spring training
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Toronto Blue Jays once again pounded Philadelphia’s bullpen for the third straight meeting this spring, banging out 13 hits in a 5-3 victory Tuesday night that dropped the Phillies to 1-6.
The Blue Jays erased a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the sixth against Luis Garcia (0-1). He was replaced by Cesar Jimenez, whose 1 2/3 innings of work was marred by five hits that included Dan Johnson’s solo homer in the eighth.
Adam Lind also homered for Toronto in the fourth, tarnishing a sharp two-inning outing by B.J. Rosenberg.
Starter Cliff Lee turned in a second solid outing in as many starts, sandwiching a pair of 1-2-3 innings around a three-hit Toronto second in which Moises Sierra scored on a Kevin Pillar single.
Lee has given up two runs and five hits in five innings so far this spring, both coming against Toronto. The Phillies’ bullpen, though, has given up 22 hits to the Blue Jays in 17 innings of relief, with a 5.82 ERA.
Marlon Byrd sparked the offense with two of the Phillies’ six hits, including a two-run homer in the third off starter R.A. Dickey that gave Philadelphia its 3-2 lead.
The Phillies scored their other run in the first, taking advantage when Dickey couldn’t get his knuckleball over for strikes. Freddy Galvis was hit by a pitch, Ryan Howard drew a two-out walk and Byrd’s single loaded the bases.
Bobby Abreu then worked Dickey for another walk, bringing home Galvis.
The Blue Jays tied the game in the second on Pillar’s RBI single, with left fielder Domonic Brown preventing a second run by throwing out Erik Kratz at the plate.
Toronto’s Steve Delabar (1-0) got credit for the win, working a 1-2-3 fifth in relief before the Blue Jays broke out against Garcia. Liam Hendricks pitched two innings for the save.
With Atlanta getting its first spring victory earlier in the day, the Phillies and Braves now share the worst record in the Grapefruit League. They’ll settle that deadlock on Wednesday when the teams meet in Clearwater, with Sean O’Sullivan scheduled to get the start for Philadelphia.