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Stairs knocks 10th career grand slam as Blue Jays pound Phils

CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Given a chance to start again, Shaun Marcum is making a strong case to stay in the rotation for good.

Marcum pitched six strong innings, Matt Stairs hit a grand slam and Lyle Overbay drove in four runs in Toronto's 13-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

Overbay hit a three-run shot and tripled and Troy Glaus also homered for the Blue Jays, who tagged Jamie Moyer for seven runs.

Making his second start this year after 13 relief appearances, Marcum (2-2) allowed two runs, four hits and struck out six. He ran his hitless streak as a starter to 10 innings, before Chase Utley homered leading off the bottom of the fifth.

"It's a little different mind-set," Marcum said of making the transition from the bullpen. "But it's still a matter of pitching. I was just trying to throw strikes and keep them off-balance."

Marcum pitched six hitless innings in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday. He left that game after 78 pitches because manager John Gibbons didn't want to overextend him. Marcum replaced the injured Victor Zambrano in Toronto's injury-depleted rotation.

"He'll stay in the rotation," Gibbons said.

Stairs hit his 10th career grand slam during a six-run eighth inning against reliever Clay Condrey. It was the third home run of the year for Stairs, who went 3-for-5.

Moyer (4-3) allowed eight hits in 3 1/3 innings in his second consecutive subpar outing and his worst start since joining the Phillies last August. It was his shortest stint since lasting 2 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees on May 11, 2005.

The 44-year-old left-hander had pitched at least six innings in each of his first eight starts this season and 15 of 16 after coming to Philadelphia from Seattle. Moyer's ERA has risen from 3.00 to 4.37 in his last two starts.

"Everybody gets hit," manager Charlie Manuel said, downplaying Moyer's struggles.

For the second time in three days, the Phillies (21-22) missed a chance to go over .500 for the first time this season.

Moyer pitched out of jams the first two innings, but ran into trouble in the third. Alex Rios walked to start the inning and scored on Overbay's triple that was misplayed by center fielder Aaron Rowand. Vernon Wells followed with an RBI single and Glaus hit a two-run shot to make it 4-0.

John McDonald singled to start the fourth and Marcum walked, a clear sign Moyer was off. After Rios hit a fielder's choice grounder, Overbay drove one into the right-field seats to give the Blue Jays a 7-0 lead.

"Every inning I was in trouble," Moyer said. "It's not an easy way to pitch."

After Utley connected, Abraham Nunez had an RBI single for Philadelphia's other run.


  • Glaus is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with five homers and 15 RBI against Moyer.
  • The Phillies are 0-3 when their record is even, including a loss on opening day.
  • Toronto scored a season-high runs.
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Vernon Wells has two of Toronto's 14 hits and drives in three runs in six at-bats.  (AP)
Vernon Wells has two of Toronto's 14 hits and drives in three runs in six at-bats. (AP)

Players of the Game

L. Overbay
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1

M. Stairs
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF2310401 .273
Lyle Overbay, 1B5324115 .253
Vernon Wells, CF6223001 .279
Troy Glaus, 3B5112123 .310
Aaron Hill, 2B5110111 .277
Matt Stairs, LF5134000 .317
    Adam Lind, LF0000000 .232
Jason Phillips, C4010002 .239
John McDonald, SS5120016 .274
Shaun Marcum, P2000103 .000
    Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1110000 .143
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
    Josh Towers, P0000000 .000
a-hit by pitch for Downs in the 8th
2B - Alex Rios (12, Moyer)
3B - Lyle Overbay (2, Moyer)
HR - Lyle Overbay (6, Moyer), Troy Glaus (8, Moyer), Matt Stairs (3, Condrey)
RBI - Lyle Overbay 4 (21), Vernon Wells 3 (20), Troy Glaus 2 (21), Matt Stairs 4 (9)
CS - John McDonald (1, 2nd base by Rosario/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Glaus-Hill-Overbay, Hill-McDonald-Overbay
E - Troy Glaus (2, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (W,2-2) 6422161 4.13
Scott Downs 1000020 1.72
Jason Frasor 1000030 5.51
Josh Towers 1000000 5.63
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 85-58, Scott Downs 12-9, Jason Frasor 14-9, Josh Towers 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 7-4, Scott Downs 1-0, Josh Towers 1-2
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 22, Scott Downs 3, Jason Frasor 3, Josh Towers 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Rowand, CF3000012 .331
   a- Jayson Werth, PH-CF1000010 .237
Shane Victorino, RF4000010 .270
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010000 .276
Chase Utley, 2B4111011 .298
Pat Burrell, LF1000110 .250
    Michael Bourn, LF1000000 .250
Greg Dobbs, 1B3110011 .283
Abraham Nunez, 3B3011010 .317
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Fabio Castro, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C3000020 .274
Jamie Moyer, P1000000 .136
    Yoel Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Coste, PH1000012 .000
    Francisco Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B1000010 .270
a-struck out for Rowand in the 8th
b-struck out for Y. Hernandez in the 5th
2B - Greg Dobbs (4, Marcum)
HR - Chase Utley (8, Marcum)
RBI - Chase Utley (34), Abraham Nunez (8)
Team LOB - 2
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,4-3) 3.1877222 4.37
Yoel Hernandez 1.2000010 3.86
Francisco Rosario 2300200 5.11
Clay Condrey 0.2366301 9.00
Fabio Castro 1.1000120 12.27
HBP - Roberts (by Clay Condrey), Phillips (by Clay Condrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 71-44, Yoel Hernandez 22-13, Francisco Rosario 34-21, Clay Condrey 38-17, Fabio Castro 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 5-3, Yoel Hernandez 1-3, Clay Condrey 1-1, Fabio Castro 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 20, Yoel Hernandez 5, Francisco Rosario 10, Clay Condrey 10, Fabio Castro 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32004
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jerry Crawford