Toronto at Philadelphia

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Toronto (18-22)000000210380
Philadelphia (20-21) «00005000x530

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Back in the rotation, Jon Lieber has settled in nicely. Meanwhile, Brett Myers has solidified the closer's spot for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lieber pitched seven-plus strong innings, Myers escaped a bases-loaded jam and the Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Friday.

Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino each hit RBI singles, helping the Phillies even their record with their seventh victory in nine games. Philadelphia won with just three hits -- all singles in the fifth inning.

Aaron Hill and pinch-hitter Matt Stairs homered for the Blue Jays, who had won five of six.

Lieber (2-2) allowed three runs and six hits, striking out seven. Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan (0-1) retired the first nine batters and didn't allow a hit through four innings, but fell apart in the fifth.

A month ago, the decision to move Myers to the bullpen and replace him with Lieber was intensely scrutinized in Philadelphia. After all, Myers was the opening day starter and had just signed a $25.75 million, three-year contract. Lieber was coming off a poor season and is in the final year of a three-year deal.

But Lieber has a 2.50 ERA in six starts, and Myers has an 0.96 ERA with one blown save in 16 relief appearances. Myers worked the ninth, retiring Alex Rios on a grounder with the bases loaded for his fifth save.

Lieber left after Stairs homered into second deck in right field to cut the deficit to 5-3 leading off the eighth. Antonio Alfonseca came in and retired three of the four batters he faced.

The Phillies scored all of their runs in the fifth. Pat Burrell led off with a walk and Greg Dobbs followed with a single. Wes Helms walked to load the bases, but McGowan struck out Carlos Ruiz.

With the crowd cheering every pitch out of the strike zone, McGowan fell behind Lieber 3-0 before walking him on a full count to force in a run. Rowand and Victorino hit consecutive RBI singles to make it 3-0. Lieber scored on a wild pitch and Jimmy Rollins added a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.

Hill ended Lieber's shutout bid with a two-run shot in the seventh after Troy Glaus singled.

The Phillies have come a long way since a terrible start. They're 17-10 since opening 4-11.

Notes

The Phillies are 79-91 in interleague play, 10-9 against the Blue Jays. ... Toronto is 83-93 against the NL. ... Stairs has 11 career pinch-hit homers. ... Lieber got his first RBI of the season. ... Lieber hasn't got much support this season. The Phillies scored a total of eight runs in his two losses and two no-decisions. They have 14 runs in his two wins.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Lieber
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 0
K 7
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF-CF5000013 .270
Lyle Overbay, 1B4020000 .248
Vernon Wells, CF4010012 .277
    Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
    Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
Troy Glaus, 3B4110023 .316
Aaron Hill, 2B4112011 .279
Adam Lind, LF4010010 .232
Royce Clayton, SS3010000 .256
   a- Frank Thomas, PH0000100 .236
    John McDonald, PR0000000 .265
Sal Fasano, C3000021 .125
   b- Jason Phillips, PH1000012 .239
Dustin McGowan, P2000011 .000
    Brian Tallet, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH-RF1111100 .291
Totals35383210  
a-walked for Clayton in the 9th
b-struck out for Fasano in the 9th
c-homered for Tallet in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay 2 (11, Lieber, Alfonseca), Adam Lind (5, Myers), Royce Clayton (9, Lieber)
HR - Aaron Hill (7, Lieber), Matt Stairs (2, Lieber)
RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (25), Matt Stairs (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Downs-Clayton-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan (L,0-1) 4.2355450 8.22
Brian Tallet 2.1000110 3.60
Scott Downs 0.2000100 1.84
Casey Janssen 0.1000110 0.92
WP - Dustin McGowan (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 86-46, Brian Tallet 30-18, Scott Downs 11-5, Casey Janssen 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 4-5, Brian Tallet 3-3, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 21, Brian Tallet 8, Scott Downs 2, Casey Janssen 2
Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Rowand, CF4111000 .338
Shane Victorino, RF3011100 .277
Jimmy Rollins, SS2001101 .276
Chase Utley, 2B3000102 .299
Pat Burrell, LF2100222 .252
    Michael Bourn, PR-LF0000000 .263
Greg Dobbs, 1B4110021 .281
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Wes Helms, 3B-1B2100100 .273
Carlos Ruiz, C3000023 .282
Jon Lieber, P2101110 .077
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Abraham Nunez, 3B0000000 .316
Totals2553477  
Batting
SF - Jimmy Rollins (2)
RBI - Aaron Rowand (21), Shane Victorino (17), Jimmy Rollins (27), Jon Lieber (1)
SB - Shane Victorino (16, 2nd base off McGowan/Fasano)
Team LOB - 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber (W,2-2) 7633072 3.00
Antonio Alfonseca (H,6) 1100010 5.03
Brett Myers (S,5) 1100220 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 113-72, Antonio Alfonseca 14-9, Brett Myers 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 8-6, Antonio Alfonseca 1-1, Brett Myers 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 27, Antonio Alfonseca 4, Brett Myers 6
Game Information
Attendance - 34723
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - James Hoye