Phillies hit four HRs, beat Jays 8-3 for second win in eight
TORONTO (AP) — Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana hit back-to-back home runs, Maikel Franco and Wilson Ramos each had two-run shots and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Ramos had four hits. He singled in the first, doubled home a run in the second, singled in the sixth and homered off Tyler Clippard in the eighth, his 15th.
Vince Velasquez (9-9) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for the victory as Philadelphia won for the second time in eight games. The Phillies began the day three games behind Atlanta in the NL East, and two games out in the wild card race.
Luis Garcia, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, and Seranthony Dominguez each pitched one inning of relief.
Kendrys Morales set a Blue Jays record by homering for the seventh consecutive game, hitting a two-run shot off Velasquez in the third. Morales, who leads the Blue jays with 21 homers, is the seventh player in major league history with a home run streak of at least seven games. Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long, and Don Mattingly share the all-time record with home runs in eight straight games.
Hoskins reached base four times as the Phillies ended Toronto's winning streak at five.
Hoskins opened the scoring with a one-out drive off right-hander Marco Estrada in the first, his 26th. Three pitches later, Santana doubled the lead with a blast to right, his 19th. It was the third time this season the Phillies have hit back-to-back home runs.
Ramos hit an RBI double in the second and the Phillies chased Estrada in the third. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a double, Franco celebrated his 26th birthday with his 22nd home run, and Odubel Herrera walked before Justin Shafer came on in relief.
Estrada (7-10) allowed five runs and seven hits in two-plus innings.
Phillies: OF Roman Quinn (sore left hamstring) was not available. Quinn's injury is not considered serious.
Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (strained left calf) had the contents of his locker in Toronto delivered to him at the team's spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., where he is working out. In a statement, Donaldson said he wanted all his equipment on hand before starting a rehab assignment. Donaldson has been out since May 28.
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.93) starts as Philadelphia returns home to begin a three-game series against Wahsington. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 4.23) starts for the Nationals.
Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-6, 4.94) starts the opener of a three-game series in Baltimore. Gaviglio snapped a 5-start winless streak by beating Baltimore last Tuesday. RHP David Hess (2-8, 5.50) starts for the Orioles.