Blue Jays 8, Phillies 2

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki im­pressed in his Blue Jays de­but, hit­ting a home run with three runs bat­ted in Wed­nes­day as Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Knuck­le­baller R.A. Dickey (5-10) gave up two runs and struck out four over eight in­nings as Toronto (51-51) snapped a short two-game los­ing string.

Ev­ery bat­ter in the Blue Jays’ start­ing lineup had at least one hit, with five play­ers earn­ing two hits and Tu­low­itzki hav­ing three. Toronto fin­ished with 16 hits.

Jerome Wil­liams (3-8) gave up 10 hits and four runs over 4 2/3 in­nings for Philadelphia (38-64), which lost for only the sec­ond time since the all-star break.

Tu­low­itzki’s field­ing made an im­me­di­ate im­pact on the game, throw­ing out cen­tre­fielder Ben Re­vere in the night’s first at-bat.

His bat con­trib­uted in the third in­ning, hit­ting a line drive over the cen­tre-field wall, bring­ing home Ryan Goins for a 2-0 Blue Jays lead. Fans chanted “TOO-LO! TOOLO!” and gave him a rous­ing ova­tion as he rounded the bases.

Tu­low­itzki hit a stand-up dou­ble in his next at-bat, bounc­ing the ball off the wall in right-cen­tre field. He ad­vanced to third on a sac­ri­fice fly by Josh Don­ald­son, then scored on Jose Bautista’s sin­gle.

Tu­low­itzki hit his sec­ond dou­ble of the night and his third RBI in the sixth, driv­ing in Goins for a 6-0 lead.

Af­ter the game, the Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported the Rangers had agreed to a deal with Philadelphia that will bring left-handed ace Cole Hamels, Jake Diek­man and cash re­lief to Texas in ex­change for a pack­age of mostly prospects. The deal is still con­tin­gent upon med­i­cal re­view, but could be of­fi­cially an­nounced as early to­day.

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