Blue Jays without Edwin Encarnacion, Devon Travis against Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies couldn’t contain Troy Tulowitzki’s bat, and couldn’t touch R.A Dickey’s knuckleball.


RANGERS 5, YANKEES 2: Colby Lewis went six innings for his 11th victory and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over AL East-leading New York.

He hit a home run, two doubles and had three RBIs and three runs as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 8-2. “What a great first impression”. Better yet, he hasn’t given up a home run in three consecutive starts, the first time he’s done that since 2013.

Tulowitzki hit a stand-up double in his next at-bat, bouncing the ball off the wall in right-centre field. While he continued a unusual low-strikeout trend – he whiffed four – that has marked his season, Dickey relied on the defence behind him to get outs, earning seven in the air and eight on the ground. “Tonight he had a good one”. Toronto has belted a homer in all 10 games since the All-Star break, matching a season high.3.

Philadelphia has won five straight.

The barrage of extra-base hits produce 3 runs, putting the Phillies on top by 3-2 and chasing Doubront from the game. Over his nine-year career, Price has amassed a record of 95-55 across 202 starts with an ERA of 3.13 and a WHIP of 1.14. Hamels threw a season-high 129 pitches in Sunday’s no-hitter over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “He was OK, he just wasn’t sharp”. Boom! The Jays won the trade with the Rockies, obviously. “You know he’s working hard and that sends an awfully positive message to the clubhouse and that’s something that’s very important”.

Tulowitzki, who doubled and scored in the fifth, was cheered as he came out for pregame stretching and got a standing ovation before his first at-bat, stepping out briefly to let the cheers subside. McCutchen’s two-run, two-strike, two-out drive off Ervin Santana (2-1) in the fifth inning tied the game at 3, and the Twins unraveled in the sixth.

Travis was taken out with irritation in his left shoulder between the second and third innings, while Bautista pulled up lame while running out a groundball to first in the eighth inning. The second-deck blast, Tulowitzki’s 13th, came on an 0-2 pitch and snapped an 0-for-21 slump.

“I got the ball where I wanted to put it, and they were finding holes”, Williams said.

Outfielder Kevin Pillar chimed in: “I don’t really want to speculate on it but I think there’s no question everyone in this room, including our pitchers, would agree with that”.

Colabello hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Revere, Tulowitzki scored, Donaldson to third. Ru.

Both Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons said that one of the appeals of getting Hawkins was his leadership. “But he is really good”.

Felix Doubront (1-1) pitched four innings, giving up three runs and striking out three for Toronto (50-51), which lost back-to-back games. Haren is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts in July.

The Blue Jays lost another close game and watched two players leave with injuries Tuesday night.

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista left after grounding out in the eighth suffering from cramps in his right hamstring. The rookie infielder was to be evaluated again Thursday. RHP Aaron Harang (4-11, 4.08 ERA) faces Braves RHP Shelby Miller (5-7, 2.27 ERA) in the opener.


Tillman struck out two and walked none in winning his sixth straight decision since May 31. He’s certainly not at Cueto’s level, but the Blue Jays may feel their offense can offset some third- or fourth-tier starters.

Devon Travis