Donaldson homers twice, leads Blue Jays past Phillies 8-5

But Dickey couldn’t hold that lead, as after surrendering a Francoeur solo shot in the second, he gave up a two-out RBI single to Cesar Hernandez in the bottom of the third and then an RBI single to Cody Asche and a run-scoring triple by Freddy Glavis in the fourth, also with two out, that put the Phillies up 4-3.


The Philadelphia Phillies need a win after losing six of their last eight.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed five runs and nine hits in four-plus innings, becoming the first Jays starter to give up more than three earned runs in 21 games.

Despite the Phillies’ loss – Nola did not figure in the decision – the right-hander from LSU was able to glean some positives from the outing.

Carrera immediately showed his worth, stroking a single in the third inning that scored two and provided Toronto with a 3-1 lead. The same could not be said for the bullpen.

“He’s had some kind of year”, Jays manager John Gibbons said of Donaldson.

“Against a lineup like Toronto’s, there’s a tendency to nit-pick the corners because you don’t want to make a mistake over the plate”. He was trying to make ideal pitches.

“He’s going to be fine”, Mackanin said of the optimistically hyped ace of the future. “The pitch count took him out of the game”.

“I’ll put it this way, from here on out we’ve got to win a lot of games”, Gibbons said earlier Tuesday when asked if he viewed the two games as must-haves considering Philadelphia’s lowly status in the standings. Other than that I felt good. It was the 21st time this season Toronto had scored five or more runs in an inning.

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost four of their last five home games.

Blue Jays tickets have become the hottest in town – so hot that people are taking advantage of ticket-buyers by selling them fakes. “They’re swinging the bats well”.

Phillies: Rookie 3B Maikel Franco was placed on the 15-day DL because of a broken left wrist.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz lined an RBI double to left field before right fielder Seth Smith hit a two-run homer into the Texas bullpen. Araujo walked the leadoff hitter and that became a run.

The resurgent Toronto rotation had allowed three or fewer earned runs in 20 consecutive starts. Two of the hits that Gomez gave up were homers.

Donaldson homered off Gomez on a 3-0 pitch.

It was Josh Donaldson simply doing his thing like he has so often this season.

Who should be the American League MVP? “He’s fun to watch hit”.


Hague, who was leading the global League in hitting with a. 348 average, also made a veteran move upon arrival, taking on pitcher David Price in a game of NHL 15 on the clubhouse Xbox before the contest. After that the plan is to have Hutchison return to the big-league club and start the August 29 game against the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies plan to keep his innings somewhere between 170 and 180 for the season. He is at 34 2/3 innings now and 144 for the season.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson celebrates with first baseman Edwin Encarnacion after hitting a home run in the first inning in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Donaldson hit another homer later in the game giving him 33 for the season