Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jays win

PHILADELPHIA—A two-week layoff didn’t bother J.A. Happ.
Jose Reyes hit a lead-off homer, and Happ tossed three-hit ball over five innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 last night.

Facing his former team, Happ (1-0) walked four and pitched out of trouble often in his first start of the season.
The left-hander was filling in for injured righty Brendan Morrow.
Four relievers finished off the seven-hitter.
“I do like coming back here. I’ve got a lot of memories from when I was playing here,” Happ said.
“Overall, I felt good,” he added. “I just want to get more comfortable so this was a good first step.”
Kyle Kendrick (0-3) lost his eighth-straight decision, dating to last season, giving up three runs and seven hits in seven innings.
The Phillies, meanwhile, failed to go two games above .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 2012.
They are 0-4 in those situations this season.
“We just couldn’t get anything going and we had 11 men left on base,” noted manager Ryne Sandberg.
“We had some opportunities but couldn’t get a big hit.”
A video review in the eighth inning cost Marlon Byrd an infield single after replay officials overturned a close call at first.
Reyes hit his 19th career lead-off homer to give the Jays the lead.
Melky Cabrera followed with a single and later scored on Juan Francisco’s bloop single to left with two outs.
Josh Thole’s RBI double to left-centre made it 3-0 in the second.
“Anytime you get an early lead, it’s good for your team,” Reyes said.
Byrd greeted reliever Esmil Rogers with a triple to start Philadelphia’s sixth. But Byrd was thrown out by right-fielder Jose Bautista trying to score on Ryan Howard’s fly-out.
A video review confirmed the call.
Side-winding lefty Aaron Loup struck out three batters in the seventh, including Chase Utley to strand two runners.
Brett Cecil worked the ninth for his second save.
Happ made his first appearance since April 23. He pitched out of the bullpen three times after starting the season on the disabled list because of a back injury.
“He stepped up,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
“He was a little rusty in the beginning, but he kicked it in and did a good job.”
Elsewhere in interleague play, the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 (12 innings), Colorado dumped Texas 8-2, and San Diego topped Kansas City 6-5 (12 innings).

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