Blue Jays Rout Phillies 10-0
Mark Buehrle became the first six-game winner in the majors, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight over Philadelphia, beating the Phillies 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco both hit two-run homers for the Blue Jays, who blew open a pitcher’s duel between Buehrle and Cliff Lee with a nine-run, 12-batter seventh inning.
Toronto won its season-high fourth straight, its longest run since an 11-game streak from June 11-23, 2013.
Buehrle (6-1) allowed three hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.91. He walked two and struck out six.
Sergio Santos worked the eighth and Chad Jenkins finished.
Encarnacion opened the seventh with a triple that went over the head of center fielder Ben Revere and bounced back off the wall. Kratz followed with a drive into the second deck in left against his former team.
Dioner Navarro singled and Francisco, a left-handed hitter, followed with a line-drive homer to right, his first ever against a left-hander.
Steve Tolleson doubled and later scored on a wild pitch third strike to Melky Cabrera. Jose Bautista hit an RBI single and Encarnacion followed with a three-run shot to center.
Lee retired the first seven batters in order before Colby Rasmus hit a one-out single in the third. Rasmus went to third on Tolleson’s ground rule double and scored without a throw on Jose Reyes’ sacrifice fly.
Lee set down 10 of the next 11 batters before coming unglued in the seventh.
Lee (3-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, falling to 2-5 in eight career starts at Rogers Centre, his lowest winning percentage among the 33 stadiums he has pitched in over his career. He has won just once in his past six starts.
Philadelphia’s struggling offense has scored in just one of the past 34 innings. The Phillies had a five-run sixth inning against Toronto in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss, were blanked 3-0 on Monday and did not score after the first inning in Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Washington.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins returned to the starting lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting duties the past two days because of a sore right groin. Rollins made his second career start at designated hitter, going 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.
NOTES: Philadelphia 1B Ryan Howard got the day off. … Blue Jays RH Casey Janssen (back) threw one scoreless inning at Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday, his second rehab outing. … Toronto 1B Adam Lind (back) could be activated off the 15-day DL on Thursday, manager John Gibbons said. One of the three catchers on the roster will likely be sent down to make room for Lind, Gibbons said. … Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (right hamstring) sat for the second straight game but is expected to return Thursday or Friday, Gibbons said. … Navarro made his first start since May 1 after being limited to pinch-hitting duties because of a sore right quadriceps. … Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (2-1) faces Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-3) on Thursday.
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