Instant Replay: Blue Jays 13, Phillies 2



The worst run of Aaron Nola’s young major-league career continued Wednesday night. The 23-year-old right-hander was hit hard in a 13-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies have lost 18 of their last 23 to fall to seven games under .500.
Nola pitched into the fourth inning but did not record an out. It was the shortest outing of his 27-start big-league career.
Toronto lefty J.A. Happ was outstanding in notching his eighth win. He was supported by five home runs.
The Phillies lost three of four in the home-and-home interleague series. They won the first game, 7-0, then were outscored 31-7 in losing the next three.
Starting pitching report
Nola didn't record an out in the fourth inning. He was knocked out at 3 2/3 innings his previous start at Washington.
Nola gave up eight hits, including two homers and a double, and eight runs, six of which were earned. He walked three, matching a season high, and struck out five.
Prior to his start in Washington on Saturday, Nola had rung up nine straight quality starts — at least six innings and three or fewer earned runs. But in his last two starts, he has been tagged for 15 hits and 10 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Happ held the Phillies to three hits and one unearned run over seven innings. He was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2004 draft. He was traded to Houston as part of the package for Roy Oswalt in July 2010 and signed a three-year, $36 million contract with Toronto in the offseason.
Bullpen report
Colton Murray pitched two scoreless innings for the Phillies. Following the game, he was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
A heavily-taxed bullpen forced manager Pete Mackanin to use David Hernandez to mop up in the eighth. Hernandez did not fare well. He allowed five hits, including two homers, and four runs. Closer Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth with the Phils down 11 runs.
At the plate
The Phillies were out-hit, 17-5. They have been held to two or fewer runs 26 times.
Kevin Pillar had two of the Jays’ five home runs.
Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders clubbed back-to-back homers off Nola in the first inning. Encarnacion’s was a two-run shot. He had three RBIs in the game, raising his major-league-leading total to 60.
Devon Travis also homered for the Jays.
Josh Donaldson, last year’s AL MVP, had nine hits, including two homers and three doubles, and scored eight runs in the four-game series.
In the field
Leftfielder Tyler Goeddel lost a ball in the twilight and it cost the Phils a run.

It was one of the Phillies' four errors in the game.
Pitcher Alec Asher was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a PED (see story). Asher is on the 40-man roster. He had been pitching at Triple A before going on the disabled list (see story).
Up next
The Phillies open a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night — LHP Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.33) vs. LHP Robbie Ray (3-5, 4.57)
Saturday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (4-8, 3.40) vs. RHP Zach Greinke (9-3, 3.75)
Sunday afternoon — RHP Zach Eflin (0-1, 27.00) vs. RHP Archie Bradley (2-3, 5.66)
Monday afternoon — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 4.46) pitches for the Phillies. Arizona has not yet announced a starter.

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