Weekend Update: Roy Halladay Returns to Toronto; Blue Jays Homerun Jump On Lee

Posted by Christina Angelos

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay tips his cap after a complete game win against the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto July 2, 2011.

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Roy Halladay (11-3) pitched an a complete game against his former team to win his sixth straight decision.

Chase Utley hit a go-ahead homer. That is all. 

Let's get to the juicy part of the game. Blue Jays manager John Farrell and reliever Jon Rauch were ejected in the ninth. Frustrated at home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after Ryan Howard drew a walk on a close pitch, Rauch lost his temper when Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, with Utley sliding home just ahead of left fielder Corey Patterson’s throw.  Rauch had to be restrained by his manager as he argued with Marquez. After calling Shawn Camp in from the bullpen, Farrell renewed the argument and was also ejected. 

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Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 5-3, yesterday in Toronto. 

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Toronto July 3, 2011.

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The second-longest scoreless streak in Phillies’ history came to a loud end as Cliff Lee’s scoreless innings streak ended at 34 in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays. 

The Phils couldn’t complete the sweep even after they put up a four-spot in the second inning off of Toronto’s starter, Jo-Jo Reyes. However, the Blue Jays would chip away the lead before the doomsday inning. 

Phillies were leading 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th. Cliff Lee (9-6) came out to start the 8th inning for a homerun derby.  Eric Thames tied the game with a no-doubt solo shot over the centre-field wall on the first pitch he saw. That set up Bautista's blasted on Lee's 2-1 fastball to his usual sweet spot over the left field wall.  Adam Lind singled, Juan Rivera went deep on a 91 m.p.h. fastball. All of a sudden the Blue Jays had a three-run cushion.  

Phillies lose 7-4, but took the series from the Blue Jays. Let's all move on. 

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