Morales homers again, Blue Jays fall to Phillies 8-3

TORONTO (AP) Kendrys Morales swatted his way to the brink of baseball history Sunday.

The Blue Jays slugger homered in a franchise-record seventh consecutive game in Toronto's 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Morales is the seventh player in major league history to have a streak this long. He's one short of matching the record held by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and Don Mattingly.

Morales will try to match that trio when he faces Baltimore's David Hess on Monday night. Morales has already connected off Hess in his current streak, hitting a solo home run off the Orioles right-hander in a 6-0 Toronto win last Wednesday.

''It's pretty impressive,'' manager John Gibbons said of Morales' streak. ''It'd be something if he gets (the record). I don't think any of us can comprehend how hard it is to do.''

Morales said staying quiet at the plate has helped his power surge.

''I'm not moving too much,'' he said through a translator. ''Either fastball or off-speed, I'm seeing the ball pretty well because I'm sitting back ''

Morales said the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, has requested one of his bats from the streak.

''I'm really happy they want my bat,'' Morales said. ''It's amazing what I've been doing.''

He has 21 homers on the season and has hit safely in 10 straight games. He's batting .500 (17 for 34) with eight homers and 15 RBI in that stretch.

The Phillies went on their own homer binge, connecting for four on Sunday.

Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana went back-to-back in the first inning while Maikel Franco and Wilson Ramos each had two-run shots.

''There was a noticeable energy change in the dugout from yesterday to today,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''Our guys sensed the urgency of today's game.''

Right-hander Vince Velasquez (9-9) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for the victory as Philadelphia won for the second time in eight games, erasing the painful memories of Saturday's 8-6 defeat. The Phillies began the day three games behind Atlanta in the NL East, and two games out in the wild card race.

''Everybody was just a little bit more intense, a little bit sharper focus,'' Hoksins said. ''Everybody got here this morning and realized that this was a big game. Obviously they're all big but this one in particular felt a little bit bigger, especially after a tough loss yesterday.''

Ramos had four hits. He singled in the first, doubled home a run in the second, singled in the sixth and homered off Tyler Clippard in the eighth, his 15th.

''The guy is raking,'' Velasquez said. ''He's on fire.''

Luis Garcia, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, and Seranthony Dominguez each pitched one inning of relief.

Hoskins reached base four times as the Phillies ended Toronto's season-long winning streak at five.

''We swung the bats from the very beginning of the game and stayed on them, never took our foot off the gas pedal,'' Kapler said.

Estrada (7-10) allowed five runs and seven hits in two-plus innings. He said afterward he has been bothered by a sore back for several few weeks.

TULO TALKS 2019

One day after he was ruled out for the season, Troy Tulowitzki said he intends to reclaim his role as Toronto's starting shortstop next year. ''If someone's better than me, I'll pack my bags and go home,'' said Tulowitzki, who had surgery in April to remove bone spurs from both heels. The oft-injured Tulowitzki has not played since July 2017, when he seriously injured his right ankle in a collision at first base. The five-time All-Star has missed at least 30 games in seven straight seasons and eight of the past nine.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: OF Roman Quinn (sore left hamstring) was not available. Quinn's injury is not considered serious.

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (strained left calf) had the contents of his locker in Toronto delivered to him at the team's spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., where he is working out. In a statement, Donaldson said he wanted all his equipment on hand before starting a rehab assignment. Donaldson has been out since May 28.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.93) starts as Philadelphia returns home to begin a three-game series against Wahsington. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 4.23) starts for the Nationals.

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-6, 4.94) starts the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore. Gaviglio snapped a 5-start winless streak by beating Baltimore last Tuesday. Hess is 2-8 with a 5.50 ERA.

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PHI70-60
2120000308140
TOR60-70
002000010370
  • W: V. Velasquez (9-9)L: M. Estrada (7-10)
  • HR: PHI - C. Santana (19), W. Ramos (15), M. Franco (22), R. Hoskins (26), TOR - K. Morales (21), R. Grichuk (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41000212.259.366.365.7312.5
R. Hoskins LF32211202.254.363.497.85910.0
C. Santana 1B41121005.221.349.408.7587.0
W. Ramos C51431010.311.355.519.87411.5
N. Williams RF50200004.263.331.447.7773.0
A. Cabrera DH51200013.265.314.461.7763.5
M. Franco 3B41121112.276.320.485.8067.5
O. Herrera CF40100103.268.323.443.7662.0
S. Kingery SS41100102.229.271.341.6123.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. McKinney LF31200100.370.485.7781.2636.0
    L. Gurriel 2B30000124.307.333.477.8100.0
    K. Morales 1B31121113.264.343.484.8277.5
    K. Pillar CF40000012.252.281.417.698-0.5
    R. Grichuk RF31211110.232.292.464.7567.5
    R. Martin 3B40100001.199.341.332.6731.0
    D. Jansen C40000012.333.382.600.982-0.5
    T. Hernandez DH40000041.237.297.469.766-2.0
    A. Diaz SS40100010.258.295.456.7510.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Ramos (19), N. Williams (10), A. Cabrera (31)
      • HR - R. Hoskins (26), C. Santana (19), W. Ramos (15), M. Franco (22)
      • SF - C. Santana (7)
      • RBI - R. Hoskins (81), C. Santana 2 (73), W. Ramos 3 (61), M. Franco 2 (66)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana 2 (2), N. Williams 4 (4), M. Franco, O. Herrera 3 (3), S. Kingery
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. McKinney 2 (2)
      • HR - K. Morales (21), R. Grichuk (18)
      • RBI - K. Morales 2 (53), R. Grichuk (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 2 (18), R. Grichuk (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel, K. Morales 2 (2), K. Pillar, D. Jansen, T. Hernandez
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Franco-Hernandez-Santana)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Gurriel-Diaz-Morales; Diaz-Morales)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      V. Velasquez (W, 9-9)5.03223614.051.2617.0
      L. Garcia (H, 13)1.02000003.931.201.0
      H. Neris (H, 1)1.01000305.651.363.5
      T. Hunter1.01111013.831.280.0
      S. Dominguez1.00000203.150.904.0
      PITCHERSIP
      V. Velasquez (W, 9-9)5.0
      L. Garcia (H, 13)1.0
      H. Neris (H, 1)1.0
      T. Hunter1.0
      S. Dominguez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (L, 7-10)2.07554235.181.37-14.0
      J. Shafer3.00001100.000.808.5
      T. Mayza1.01001005.091.651.0
      J. Petricka1.02000004.251.501.0
      T. Clippard0.12331013.941.16-6.0
      J. Biagini1.22000105.741.581.5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 84-54, L. Garcia 13-7, H. Neris 13-10, T. Hunter 17-10, S. Dominguez 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-7, L. Garcia 1-1, T. Hunter 2-0
      • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 21, L. Garcia 4, H. Neris 4, T. Hunter 4, S. Dominguez 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Biagini (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 71-38, J. Shafer 37-20, T. Mayza 17-8, J. Petricka 18-13, T. Clippard 20-10, J. Biagini 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shafer 3-5, T. Mayza 2-1, J. Petricka 2-0, J. Biagini 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 17, J. Shafer 10, T. Mayza 5, J. Petricka 4, T. Clippard 4, J. Biagini 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      PHI70-60
      2120000308140
      TOR60-70
      002000010370
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Hernandez 2B41000212.259.366.365.7312.5
      R. Hoskins LF32211202.254.363.497.85910.0
      C. Santana 1B41121005.221.349.408.7587.0
      W. Ramos C51431010.311.355.519.87411.5
      N. Williams RF50200004.263.331.447.7773.0
      A. Cabrera DH51200013.265.314.461.7763.5
      M. Franco 3B41121112.276.320.485.8067.5
      O. Herrera CF40100103.268.323.443.7662.0
      S. Kingery SS41100102.229.271.341.6123.0
      Total38814847423-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. McKinney LF31200100.370.485.7781.2636.0
        L. Gurriel 2B30000124.307.333.477.8100.0
        K. Morales 1B31121113.264.343.484.8277.5
        K. Pillar CF40000012.252.281.417.698-0.5
        R. Grichuk RF31211110.232.292.464.7567.5
        R. Martin 3B40100001.199.341.332.6731.0
        D. Jansen C40000012.333.382.600.982-0.5
        T. Hernandez DH40000041.237.297.469.766-2.0
        A. Diaz SS40100010.258.295.456.7510.5
        Total32373241113-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Ramos (19), N. Williams (10), A. Cabrera (31)
          • HR - R. Hoskins (26), C. Santana (19), W. Ramos (15), M. Franco (22)
          • SF - C. Santana (7)
          • RBI - R. Hoskins (81), C. Santana 2 (73), W. Ramos 3 (61), M. Franco 2 (66)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos (30)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana 2 (2), N. Williams 4 (4), M. Franco, O. Herrera 3 (3), S. Kingery
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. McKinney 2 (2)
          • HR - K. Morales (21), R. Grichuk (18)
          • RBI - K. Morales 2 (53), R. Grichuk (45)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 2 (18), R. Grichuk (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Gurriel, K. Morales 2 (2), K. Pillar, D. Jansen, T. Hernandez
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Franco-Hernandez-Santana)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Gurriel-Diaz-Morales; Diaz-Morales)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          V. Velasquez (W, 9-9)5.03223614.051.2617.0
          L. Garcia (H, 13)1.02000003.931.201.0
          H. Neris (H, 1)1.01000305.651.363.5
          T. Hunter1.01111013.831.280.0
          S. Dominguez1.00000203.150.904.0
          Total9.07334112---
          PITCHERSIP
          V. Velasquez (W, 9-9)5.0
          L. Garcia (H, 13)1.0
          H. Neris (H, 1)1.0
          T. Hunter1.0
          S. Dominguez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Estrada (L, 7-10)2.07554235.181.37-14.0
          J. Shafer3.00001100.000.808.5
          T. Mayza1.01001005.091.651.0
          J. Petricka1.02000004.251.501.0
          T. Clippard0.12331013.941.16-6.0
          J. Biagini1.22000105.741.581.5
          Total9.01488744---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Estrada (L, 7-10)2.0
          J. Shafer3.0
          T. Mayza1.0
          J. Petricka1.0
          T. Clippard0.1
          J. Biagini1.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 84-54, L. Garcia 13-7, H. Neris 13-10, T. Hunter 17-10, S. Dominguez 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-7, L. Garcia 1-1, T. Hunter 2-0
          • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 21, L. Garcia 4, H. Neris 4, T. Hunter 4, S. Dominguez 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Biagini (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 71-38, J. Shafer 37-20, T. Mayza 17-8, J. Petricka 18-13, T. Clippard 20-10, J. Biagini 23-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shafer 3-5, T. Mayza 2-1, J. Petricka 2-0, J. Biagini 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 17, J. Shafer 10, T. Mayza 5, J. Petricka 4, T. Clippard 4, J. Biagini 6
          • 8TH INNING
            Grichuk homered to left83
            Ramos homered to right center, Hoskins scored82
            Santana hit sacrifice fly to left, Hernandez scored62
          • 3RD INNING
            Morales homered to right, McKinney scored52
            Franco homered to left center, Cabrera scored50
          • 2ND INNING
            Ramos doubled to right, Kingery scored, Hernandez to third30
          • 1ST INNING
            Santana homered to right20
            Hoskins homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera lined out to second
            • S. Kingery: Foul, Kingery singled to shallow center
            • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Kingery out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Tommy Hunter
            • D. Jansen: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Jansen struck out on foul tip
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Jake Petricka
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins singled to left, Hernandez to third
            • C. Santana: Santana hit sacrifice fly to left, Hernandez scored
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramos homered to right center, Hoskins scored
            • Joe Biagini relieved Tyler Clippard
            • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Williams singled to shallow center
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera fouled out to third
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Williams to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tommy Hunter relieved Hector Neris
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
            • K. Pillar: Pillar grounded into double play third to second to first, Morales out at second
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk homered to left
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jake Petricka relieved Tim Mayza
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow center
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cabrera out at second
            • O. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Herrera singled to left
            • S. Kingery: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Neris relieved Luis Garcia
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Diaz struck out on foul tip
            • B. McKinney: McKinney doubled to deep left
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gurriel struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Tim Mayza relieved Justin Shafer
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to shallow right
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to left, Hoskins to second
            • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Luis Garcia relieved Vince Velasquez
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk singled to shallow center
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin singled to shallow right, Grichuk to second
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk out at third, Grichuk out at third, Jansen flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Shafer Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Franco popped out to third
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to deep center
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kingery fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to shallow left
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, McKinney walked, Diaz to second
            • L. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Foul, Morales grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Shafer Pitching:
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
            • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Williams grounded out to second
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen popped out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to shallow right
            • M. Franco: Franco homered to left center, Cabrera scored
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera walked
            • Justin Shafer relieved Marco Estrada
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery lined out to shortstop
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez popped out to shortstop
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked, Herrera to second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz flied out to deep center
            • B. McKinney: McKinney doubled to right
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep right, McKinney to third
            • K. Morales: Ball, Morales homered to right, McKinney scored
            • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kingery walked
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked, Kingery to second
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoskins popped out to second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana flied out to deep center, Kingery to third
            • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ramos doubled to right, Kingery scored, Hernandez to third
            • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk walked
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin popped out to shortstop
            • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to center
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Hoskins homered to left center
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana homered to right
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramos singled to center
            • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Ball, Williams doubled to deep right center, Ramos to third
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco walked
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McKinney flied out to center
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Morales struck out looking
            • K. Pillar: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)