Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Blue Jays 0



TORONTO — Odubel Herrera and Ryan Howard each had a solo home run off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey as the Phillies blanked Toronto, 7-0, in interleague play on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Herrera took Dickey’s 2-1 pitch over the right-field wall for his sixth home run of the season in the third inning. Howard gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead when he led off the seventh with his 10th homer of the season as part of a three-run inning.

With the victory the Phillies (30-34) snapped a four-game skid and won for just the fourth time in their last 17, while the loss snapped Toronto’s (35-31) three-game win streak. The win was also the Phillies' first win on a Monday since July 20, 2015 snapping a stretch of 13 consecutive losing Mondays.

Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff (4-8) had another solid outing, tossing six shutout innings while surrendering just three hits and striking out five. The 25-year-old right-hander held the Blue Jays' potent bats to just one hit through four.

Tuesday was the ninth quality start of the season for Eickhoff, who has surrendered just three earned runs over his last 19 2/3 innings of work.

Blue Jays knuckleballer Dickey (4-7) allowed three earned runs on five hits while striking out four in 6 1/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Right-hander David Hernandez pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two and allowing just one hit.

Hector Neris got in a jam in the eighth, issuing a leadoff walk to Michael Saunders and then a single to Justin Smoak. However, he got Kevin Pillar to ground into the 5-3 double play and then got Ezequiel Carrera swinging to end the inning.

Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless ninth. 

At the plate
Already leading 2-0 on the Herrera and Howard solo home runs, the Phillies added to their lead in the seventh.

With one out, Cody Asche stole second as Cesar Hernandez struck out. Asche then scored on a Peter Bourjos ground-rule double off Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

After Aaron Loup relieved Biagini, Herrera singled to score Bourjos from second.

The Phillies added to their lead in the eighth after back-to-back walks to Carlos Ruiz and Asche. Hernandez then doubled to score Ruiz, and Bourjos followed it up with a single scoring Asche. 

Herrera hit into a fielder's choice to score Hernandez, giving the Phillies a 7-0 lead. The centerfielder finished the night 2 for 5 with three RBIs in the win.

Up next
Right-hander Zach Eflin takes the bump on Tuesday as the Phillies continue a stretch of four straight against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Eflin, recalled from Triple A Lehigh Valley, will make his major-league debut against RHP Marcus Stroman (5-2, 4.94).

In 11 starts with the IronPigs, the 23-year-old Orlando native was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 11 walks.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 4.34) gets the ball on Wednesday as the two clubs move to Philadelphia for a pair of games. RHP Marco Estrada (4-2, 2.57) will take the mound for the Blue Jays.

RHP Aaron Nola (5-5, 2.98) concludes the four-game set against LHP and former Phillie J.A. Happ (7-3, 3.70).

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