Twice Jose Bautista gave the Blue Jays a late-game go ahead home run and twice the Blue Jays pitching squandered the blasts during this series.
But this time, Bautista gave the Blue Jays a lead with a long fly and the rest of the offense decided to tack runs on and help secure a lead for the Blue Jays.
Toronto hit three home runs and scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th off of Cliff Lee and held on to prevent the sweep to the visiting Phillies with a 7-4 victory.
Bautista’s home run, his 27th of the season, gave Toronto a 5-4 lead. It followed Eric Thames’ game-tying solo blast and preceded a two-run shot by Edwin Encarnacion.
Lee was doing well until the 8th, in which Charlie Manuel left him in too long. Though Lee was under the 100-pitch mark heading into the 8th, he was getting hit and with reliable 8th/9th guys in Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo, Manuel should have given way to the young arms.
Lee left after Encarnacion’s two-run homer with one out in the 8th. He allowed seven runs, six earned on 10 hits while striking out nine. He allowed three homers – the first coming after 117 batters faced since the previous one.
In the 3rd inning, Lee had his 34-inning run without allowing a run snapped when Rajai Davis tripled and was driven in on a ground out by Josh McDonald.
2B: Victorino 2 (14), Ruiz (10), Ibanez (17).
WP: Dotel (2-1). LP: Lee (9-6).