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Reviving Eaton helps Phils beat Jays, climb to .500

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Eaton is finally rounding into form on the mound.

As for rounding the bases, the Phillies would rather have him save that energy for another inning or two on the hill instead of exhausting it on an 180-foot sprint.

Eaton pitched four-hit ball over six-plus shutout innings, and Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand both homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The win put the Phillies (22-22) back at .500 for the third time in five days. At least they can't fall back under the very next day as they did their first two times; Philadelphia is off Monday before opening a three-game series at Florida followed by three more at Atlanta as it tries to climb back into the NL East race.

The Phillies haven't been above .500 all season.

"We're back to .500. That's all that matters," outfielder Shane Victorino said.

Eaton (4-3) had his second straight solid outing at home, finally showing signs of living up to the $24.5 million, three-year contract the Phillies gave him in the offseason.

After he failed to get out of the fifth inning in two of his first three home starts, Eaton has pitched into the seventh in each of his last two home outings.

He wasn't particularly sharp in this one -- walking five, striking out two -- but was backed by a pair of double plays and a caught stealing to erase some early baserunners.

Already around the 100-pitch mark, Eaton tired after running from first to third on a base hit in the sixth. Manager Charlie Manuel said Eaton "ran out of gas" after he hustled to third on Rowand's run-scoring single and wanted his pitcher to keep his aggressiveness to going after batters, not taking the extra base with a five-run lead.

"I got a little bit of a hard time for the way I rounded second base, but I felt I got a decent jump," Eaton said. "Obviously, it might have cost me in the seventh a little bit because my legs were a little bit heavy."

It almost cost him a win as the Phillies bullpen seemed on the verge of blowing their shot at .500 in the eighth. Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Matt Stairs all hit solo home runs off Geoff Geary to make it a 5-3 game.

But opening day starter-turned-closer Brett Myers got the final four outs to earn his sixth save and help the Phillies wrap up 7-3 mark on their 10-game homestand.

"There was a hero every night," Myers said. "There was a person that came up big every game."

Jesse Litsch (1-1) failed to duplicate the stellar outing of his major league debut against Baltimore. Litsch, who worked into the ninth inning against the Orioles in place of the injured Roy Halladay, walked four and allowed seven hits and four runs in only four innings.

"He didn't pitch bad for a young kid," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's a good hitting club. He'll get another start."

Two of those runs came on solo homers by Burrell and Rowand.

Burrell hit his sixth homer of the season in the second and Rowand led off the third with his seventh.

The Phillies added another run in the third when Greg Dobbs hit a two-out, RBI single to left that made it 3-0.

"I left a lot of balls up, not like last time when I kept the ball down," Litsch said.

Eaton pitched to the minimum six batters in the first two innings thanks to a couple of double plays the Blue Jays hit into on failed hit-and-run attempts. Wells lined into one in the first and Aaron Hill's flyout to center allowed Rowand to double-up Troy Glaus at first.

Manuel pulled Eaton after he gave up a leadoff single to Royce Clayton in the seventh. Eaton, who threw 109 pitches, walked off the mound with his head down, then sat in the dugout and watched another heads-up play by the outfield.

This time, Victorino caught Clayton dashing back to second on a flyout to right for yet another double play.

That gave the Phillies a major league-high 20 outfield assists.

I wouldn't run on the outfield," Eaton said. "The guys have above-average arms and are very accurate. Even the guys with average arms are still very accurate."

Notes

  • The Phillies sent LHP Fabio Castro to Double-A Reading, leaving the Phillies without a lefty reliever in the bullpen.
  • Injured Phillies reliever Ryan Madson struck out two in two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance at Reading.
  • The Blue Jays will play Baltimore on Monday in the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, N.Y.
  • The Phillies are 19-12 after getting off to 3-10 start.
  • Stairs homered in three straight games for the first time since he went deep in four straight in 2001.
 
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Aaron Rowand hits his seventh HR of the season with a solo shot in the third off Jesse Litsch.  (AP)
Aaron Rowand hits his seventh HR of the season with a solo shot in the third off Jesse Litsch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

A. Eaton
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 5
K 2
Toronto

M. Stairs
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4111102 .272
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010102 .255
Vernon Wells, CF4111002 .278
Troy Glaus, 3B4010002 .307
Matt Stairs, LF3121101 .333
Aaron Hill, 2B3000004 .272
    Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
   a- John McDonald, PH1000000 .270
    Jeremy Accardo, P0000000 .000
Royce Clayton, SS2010210 .261
Jason Phillips, C2000102 .233
   b- Frank Thomas, PH1000011 .234
Jesse Litsch, P1000001 .000
   c- Adam Lind, PH1000011 .230
    Brian Tallet, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Roberts, 2B2000012 .111
Totals3137364  
a-grounded out for Janssen in the 8th
b-struck out for Phillips in the 9th
c-struck out for Litsch in the 5th
Batting
HR - Alex Rios (9, Geary), Vernon Wells (5, Geary), Matt Stairs (4, Geary)
RBI - Alex Rios (23), Vernon Wells (21), Matt Stairs (10)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Stairs (1)
CS - Vernon Wells (3, 3rd base by Eaton/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Clayton-Hill-Overbay
E - Brian Tallet (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch (L,1-1) 4744112 3.55
Brian Tallet 1.1011110 3.97
Casey Janssen 1.2200020 0.84
Jeremy Accardo 1100120 0.00
HBP - Burrell (by Brian Tallet)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 70-44, Brian Tallet 23-14, Casey Janssen 24-18, Jeremy Accardo 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 3-8, Brian Tallet 3-1, Casey Janssen 3-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 20, Brian Tallet 7, Casey Janssen 7, Jeremy Accardo 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Rowand, CF5122011 .333
Shane Victorino, RF4110111 .270
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010014 .274
Chase Utley, 2B4000011 .291
Pat Burrell, LF3111002 .252
    Michael Bourn, LF0000000 .250
Greg Dobbs, 1B4021001 .297
Abraham Nunez, 3B4010013 .314
Rod Barajas, C2220200 .208
Adam Eaton, P1000002 .136
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
    Brett Myers, P1000011 .000
Totals33510436  
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (10, Accardo), Greg Dobbs (5, Janssen), Rod Barajas (2, Litsch)
HR - Aaron Rowand (7, Litsch), Pat Burrell (6, Litsch)
SH - Adam Eaton 2 (3)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (23), Pat Burrell (22), Greg Dobbs (13)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs (6)
SB - Greg Dobbs (1, 2nd base off Litsch/Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1, Shane Victorino 1
DP - Dobbs, Rowand-Dobbs, Victorino-Rollins
E - Abraham Nunez (6, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton (W,4-3) 6400520 5.70
Geoff Geary 1.2333003 4.50
Brett Myers (S,6) 1.1000120 4.58
WP - Adam Eaton (2), Geoff Geary (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 109-66, Geoff Geary 19-11, Brett Myers 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 5-9, Geoff Geary 2-2, Brett Myers 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 25, Geoff Geary 7, Brett Myers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39030
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora