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Jays top Phillies, snap Lee's scoreless streak at 34

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TORONTO -- All but untouchable in June, Cliff Lee's streak of success came to a stunning halt in his first July start.

Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 27th home run, one of three Toronto homers in a four-run eighth, and the Blue Jays snapped Lee's scoreless innings streak at 34 with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

"[Lee] had a clean seventh inning," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "All of a sudden in the eighth inning, things kind of fell apart."

Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run shot and rookie Eric Thames also connected for the Blue Jays in the eighth to chase Lee.

"For Eric to come out and start the inning like that was huge," Bautista said. "I was able to follow up and Edwin's blast just capped it off. It was a good feeling in the dugout and we all had high energy."

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The Blue Jays also hit three homers in an inning on April 25 victory at Texas.

Lee, who had not allowed a home run in 49 innings, disputed Manuel's assertion that his pitches were up in the pivotal eighth.

"I felt like they were decent pitches but obviously that doesn't matter," he said. "The result is what matters."

Octavio Dotel (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win and Rajai Davis went 3 for 4 with three stolen bases for Toronto, who had lost five of six.

Lee (9-6) gave up a season-high seven runs -- six earned -- and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out nine.

The left-hander, who went 5-0 with an 0.21 ERA in five June starts, had not lost since May 31 at Washington and came in having pitched three consecutive shutouts.

"I don't really care about the month I had," Lee said. "I care about today and giving the team a chance to win."

Lee extended his scoreless innings streak to 34 before giving up a run in the third. It's the second longest in Phillies history. Grover Cleveland Alexander threw 41 consecutive shutout innings in 1911.

The Phillies jumped on Blue Jays left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes with a four-run second. Shane Victorino doubled and scored on Ben Francisco's single, Domonic Brown singled and Carlos Ruiz drove in Francisco with a ground-rule double to right-center. One out later, Jimmy Rollins capped the rally with a two-run single to right.

Toronto scored the first run against Lee since June 11 when Davis tripled to lead off the third and came home on John McDonald's grounder to shortstop.

Davis was involved again as the Blue Jays made it 4-2 in the fifth, reaching on a single and stealing second and third before scoring on a two-out hit by Aaron Hill.

For Davis, the stolen bases were his first since June 4.

The Blue Jays cut it to one run with an unearned run in the sixth. Bautista singled and went to third when Francisco made an error on Lind's bloop single down the line in left. Juan Rivera followed with a sacrifice fly to center, with Victorino stumbling and falling as he tried to throw to the plate.

Victorino stayed down and appeared to twist his left ankle on the play. He was tended to by trainers and remained in the game.

"I just got my cleat stuck," Victorino said. "I was coming in and I saw Bautista was going to tag, then I realized that [Adam] Lind, I could have doubled him up at second. I paused and gathered myself and tried to throw to second and when I did that my cleat got caught and everything else fell forward."

A baserunning error by Victorino cost the Phillies an insurance run in the eighth. Reliever Marc Rzepczynski left after Victorino's double to right and Philadelphia sent pinch hitter Raul Ibanez to the plate to face Dotel. After Victorino was caught in a rundown between second and third, Ibanez doubled to left but was stranded when Brown flied out to end the inning.

"He was jumping around like he was going to steal," Manuel said of Victorino. "The guy put an inside move on him."

Thames immediately made the Phillies pay by crushing a leadoff drive to center in the bottom half, his third. Bautista followed with a towering drive to left off his fellow All-Star, the fifth time this season the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back homers.

Adam Lind singled and Rivera flied out before Encarnacion chased Lee with a two-run blast into the second deck in left-center, his sixth.

Notes

  • Following the game, the Blue Jays designated OF Juan Rivera for assignment and recalled OF Travis Snider from Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar missed his second straight game. Escobar left in the first inning of Friday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
  • Bautista, the leading vote-getter in All-Star Game history, thanked fans in a recorded message played on the scoreboard. Bautista received 7,454,753 votes.
 
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Jose Bautista chalks up his major-league leading 27th HR at the expense of Cliff Lee and the Phillies.  (Getty Images)
Jose Bautista chalks up his major-league leading 27th HR at the expense of Cliff Lee and the Phillies. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5012010 .253
Placido Polanco, DH4000001 .277
Chase Utley, 2B4010000 .285
Ryan Howard, 1B4010000 .253
Shane Victorino, CF3120102 .303
Ben Francisco, LF3111001 .227
   a- Raul Ibanez, PH-LF1010000 .234
Domonic Brown, RF4110001 .218
Carlos Ruiz, C3121110 .254
Wilson Valdez, 3B3000004 .235
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .298
Totals35410422  
a-doubled for Francisco in the 8th
b-flied out for Valdez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino 2 (14, Reyes, Rzepczynski), Raul Ibanez (17, Dotel), Carlos Ruiz (10, Reyes)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (34), Ben Francisco (31), Carlos Ruiz (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (23)
CS - Shane Victorino (2, 3rd base by Dotel/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ben Francisco (3, Misplayed grounder), Wilson Valdez (5, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee (L,9-6) 7.11076093 2.92
Michael Stutes 0.2100010 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 99-74, Michael Stutes 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 2-12
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 33, Michael Stutes 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Hill, 2B4011010 .240
Eric Thames, RF4121002 .329
Jose Bautista, 3B4221012 .331
Adam Lind, DH4120011 .310
Juan Rivera, LF3001021 .243
    Corey Patterson, LF0000000 .258
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4112011 .250
J.P. Arencibia, C4000041 .216
Rajai Davis, CF4230000 .233
John McDonald, SS4001002 .197
Totals357117010  
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (13, Stutes)
3B - Rajai Davis (6, Lee)
HR - Eric Thames (3, Lee), Jose Bautista (27, Lee), Edwin Encarnacion (6, Lee)
SF - Juan Rivera (4)
RBI - Aaron Hill (31), Eric Thames (9), Jose Bautista (56), Juan Rivera (28), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (19), John McDonald (13)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (7)
SB - Rajai Davis 3 (21, 2nd base off Lee/Ruiz, 3rd base off Lee/Ruiz, 3rd base off Stutes/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jo-Jo Reyes 6844200 4.85
Marc Rzepczynski 1.1100000 3.12
Octavio Dotel (W,2-1) 1.2100020 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 108-73, Marc Rzepczynski 16-9, Octavio Dotel 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 8-9, Marc Rzepczynski 3-1
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 27, Marc Rzepczynski 5, Octavio Dotel 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26204
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez