Blue Jays score 18 runs against Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — ross undressing he had made life relatively easy for Toronto’s offense since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 17 by regularly stifling opposition with a 2.45 ERA in six starts.

So when Stripling’s teammates had to pick him up on a rare Tuesday night off at Citizens Bank Park, they were more than happy to oblige, in a enormous road.

The Blue Jays scored in eight of nine innings en route to a wild 18-11 victory about the Phillies. The 18 runs were Toronto’s second-most this season, behind only the 28 run snatch on July 22 at Fenway Park. As for the win, he moved the Blue Jays two games ahead of the Rays for the top spot. American League wild card spot. The Mariners own third place 2 1/2 games back.

Although Stripling was banking on a 3-0 lead before throwing a pitch against the Phils, and a 6-0 lead over three innings, he took a no decision after giving up five runs over four innings.

“When you get seven runs — I got seven of 18 — you want to be able to go deeper into the game, secure a win, save some arms,” ​​said Stripling, who allowed season highs in runs and hits (nine). “I couldn’t do that, I’m very disappointed with that, for sure.”

But Stripling was arguably the only one in Toronto’s starting lineup who didn’t have an impressive night.

Each Blue Jays starter collected at least one hit, marking the eighth time they have accomplished that feat this season. That’s tied with the Mets for the most such games in the major leagues. Overall, 11 Toronto players had a hit on Tuesday night, the club’s most in a game since June 10, 2012 (12 batters vs. the Braves).

The surge began in the first inning, when matt chapman He hit the first blow with a three-run homer off Phillies starter Kyle Gibson. It was Chapman’s third home run in his last four games following a 25-game drought.

Equally, teoscar hernandez — who said he has been “battling some injuries” in recent months, though he didn’t elaborate — went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. The four hits matched his total from his previous nine games combined, during which he went 4-for-34 (.118) with 13 strikeouts.

“I felt really good today; It was a different day,” Hernandez said. “At the plate, I’m just trying to throw good pitches to hit, trying to be a little more aggressive with pitches around the zone and just trying to get it in play and see what happens.”

It was also a good sign for the Blue Jays to get some contributions from a couple of hit stars in George Springer Y Alexander Kirk. Springer went 2-for-5 with a walk and an RBI, alleviating any possible concerns stemming from being hit by a pitch in the left elbow on Sunday. Kirk, meanwhile, went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs after missing the last five games because of left hip soreness.

Jackie Bradley Jr. added his first home run as a Blue Jay, a three-run homer in the ninth. danny jansen he went 3-for-6 with two RBIs, and Raimel Tapia he had an RBI triple in the seventh and a two-run RBI double in the eighth.

“When we also get that kind of production from the bottom of our lineup, like Tapia, Jano, Jackie coming in and hitting a home run, we’re going to be tough to beat,” Stripling said. “It wasn’t a good day to be a pitcher for either team, that’s for sure.”

When Stripling left the game in the bottom of the fifth, the Phillies had cut the Blue Jays lead to 7-4. Toronto extended it to 14-5 again by scoring a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and four in the eighth, but the Phillies had five in the bottom of the eighth to close the gap again. Four more runs in the top of the ninth ended Philadelphia’s comeback for good.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Hernandez said of the offensive rash. But it would be especially [fun] if we were the only ones hitting. They had some really good swings today, they fought and they kept the game close.”

It certainly was closer than the Blue Jays would have liked given the way the night started, but starting a pivotal road trip with a win is never a bad thing. In doing so, Toronto also avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time since being swept at Anaheim Aug. 26-28.

“At this point, every win counts,” interim manager John Schneider said. “So we’ll take it.”

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