Blue Jays 8, Phillies 2
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.