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Pair of homers by Barajas is enough for Burnett, Jays to win

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rod Barajas heard the familiar sound of boos from unforgiving Phillies fans. Then he gave them another reason to dislike him.

Barajas hit two homers, one of them a grand slam, to back a strong performance by A.J. Burnett and help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Saturday night.

Burnett (4-4) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight. Scott Downs escaped a jam in the seventh and B.J. Ryan pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in as many chances.

Barajas drew the ire of Phillies fans last year when he failed to crouch low enough to block the plate, allowing Hanley Ramirez to slide underneath him with the tying run in the ninth inning of a game at Florida on May 23. Barajas was jeered the rest of the season and didn't get an offer to return after one year in Philadelphia.

"In the clubhouse, I loved the guys and I had a good relationship with everybody," Barajas said. "On the field, it was a different story. It's almost like you have 40,000 people rooting against you. That's not what you want. As a home player, you like to have your fans behind you."

The Phillies rallied off Armando Benitez after manager John Gibbons removed Burnett with one out and a runner on in the seventh. Benitez walked pinch-hitter Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins followed with a two-run double to cut it to 4-3.

Rollins went to third on a passed ball, but Jayson Werth struck out. Left-hander Scott Downs entered and hit Chase Utley on the left hand with a fastball. After Gibbons was ejected for arguing Utley swung at the pitch, Ryan Howard lined out to right field to end the inning.

Utley missed 28 games last year after a pitch broke his right hand. It didn't appear this was as serious.

Before coming out, Burnett had retired eight of the previous 10 batters with five strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches.

"I was just trying to mix it up, vary speeds and keep them off-balance as best I can," Burnett said.

Barajas gave the Blue Jays a two-run cushion with a solo shot off Tom Gordon in the ninth. He tied a career-best with five RBI. Toronto got another run when first baseman Howard dropped a throw on pinch-hitter Hector Luna's infield single, allowing Aaron Hill to score from second.

Phillies starter Adam Eaton (0-2) quickly got in trouble in the second after hitting Matt Stairs with a pitch leading off. Lyle Overbay and Marco Scutaro followed with singles to load the bases. Barajas then ripped his third career grand slam into the right-field seats to give the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead.

Barajas enthusiastically slapped hands with the base coaches and teammates in the dugout. No doubt the backup catcher heard the boos when he was announced.

"Absolutely," he said. "People in (New) Jersey could hear the boos. You hear that. You notice them. You don't let it bother you."

Eaton allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings to remain winless in nine starts this season, even though the Blue Jays had three runners thrown out at home and one at second base.

"Wrong things happen at the right time," Eaton said.

Greg Dobbs had an RBI double in the fourth inning for the Phillies' first run.

Werth was 0-for-2 with two walks a night after hitting three homers and tying a franchise record with eight RBI.

Notes

  • RHP Kris Benson pitched a simulated game for the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. It was Benson's first action since a groin injury delayed his recovery from rotator cuff surgery on his throwing shoulder.
  • Barajas hit Toronto's third slam of the season. He has five career multihomer games.
  • Ryan hasn't allowed in 13 innings this season.
 
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Slap it high: Rod Barajas punishes Adam Eaton for a grand slam in fifth, the third of his career. (AP)
Slap it high: Rod Barajas punishes Adam Eaton for a grand slam in fifth, the third of his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Brad Wilkerson, LF-RF5010002 .216
Joe Inglett, 2B4010010 .310
    Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   a- Hector Luna, PH10100001.000
    B.J. Ryan, P0000000 .000
Alex Rios, CF5010001 .259
Scott Rolen, 3B4020102 .312
Matt Stairs, RF2110011 .294
   b- Shannon Stewart, PH-LF1010002 .245
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110004 .271
Marco Scutaro, SS2110201 .250
Rod Barajas, C4225001 .254
A.J. Burnett, P2000010 .000
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Hill, 2B1110000 .273
Totals35613533  
a-singled for Downs in the 9th
b-doubled for Stairs in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (9, Eaton), Shannon Stewart (3, Romero)
HR - Rod Barajas 2 (3, Eaton, Gordon)
SH - A.J. Burnett (1)
RBI - Rod Barajas 5 (9)
SB - Aaron Hill (4, 2nd base off Gordon/Coste)
CS - Hector Luna (1, Home by Seanez/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Rod Barajas (1)
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,4-4) 6.1422380 4.71
Armando Benitez (H,2) 0.1111110 9.00
Scott Downs (H,5) 1.1000010 2.41
B.J. Ryan (S,8) 1100010 0.00
HBP - Utley (by Scott Downs)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 106-58, Armando Benitez 12-5, Scott Downs 19-12, B.J. Ryan 15-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 6-5, Scott Downs 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 26, Armando Benitez 3, Scott Downs 5, B.J. Ryan 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5032010 .329
Jayson Werth, CF2000221 .283
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   a- Pedro Feliz, PH1000011 .232
Chase Utley, 2B3000014 .310
Ryan Howard, 1B4000032 .184
Pat Burrell, LF4000000 .286
Geoff Jenkins, RF3110010 .257
   b- Eric Bruntlett, PH-RF1000000 .243
Greg Dobbs, 3B4121010 .339
Chris Coste, C4000012 .314
Adam Eaton, P0000100 .077
   c- So Taguchi, PH1000000 .174
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   d- Shane Victorino, PH-CF1100100 .237
Totals33363411  
a-struck out for Seanez in the 9th
b-fouled out for Jenkins in the 8th
c-grounded out for Eaton in the 5th
d-walked for Madson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins 2 (8, Benitez, Ryan), Greg Dobbs (3, Burnett)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (13), Greg Dobbs (12)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs (4)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (5, 2nd base off Burnett/Barajas), Jayson Werth (7, 2nd base off Burnett/Barajas), Greg Dobbs (1, 2nd base off Benitez/Barajas)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1, Jayson Werth 1
DP - Werth-Utley
E - Ryan Howard (4, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton (L,0-2) 5844231 5.59
Ryan Madson 2000100 4.22
J.C. Romero 0.2100000 1.59
Tom Gordon 0.2422001 4.50
Rudy Seanez 0.2000000 1.53
HBP - Stairs (by Adam Eaton)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 90-56, Ryan Madson 20-11, J.C. Romero 9-5, Tom Gordon 18-10, Rudy Seanez 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 3-7, Ryan Madson 3-2, J.C. Romero 1-1, Tom Gordon 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 24, Ryan Madson 6, J.C. Romero 3, Tom Gordon 6, Rudy Seanez 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42604
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mike Winters