PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Toronto interim manager John Schneider walked out of the clubhouse after his team scored in all but one inning and — almost as big as his 10 extra-base hits — had fans inside the stadium Philadelphia baseball team chanted “Come on, blue.” Jays! and simply impassive: “Pitchers duel”.
matt chapman hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer in the ninth and the Blue Jays used 21 hits to beat the Phillies 18-11 Tuesday night in a matchup of teams They headed straight ahead directions while playing for the wildcard spots.
The Blue Jays are in better shape, not only winning five of seven games, but also having a firm grip on the AL wild-card spot. The Phillies, who suffered a three-game sweep at Atlanta over the weekend, lost their fifth straight game.
Philadelphia held a 2 1/2-game lead (plus tiebreaker) over the Milwaukee Brewers for the final NL wild-card spot. The Mets beat the Brewers 7-5.
kyle schwarber hit his best 40th home run of the NL season for the Phillies in the eighth, a three-run homer that made it 14-10. He became the first Phillies slugger to reach 40 since ryan howard He did it between 2006 and 2009.
JT Realmuto he hit his 20th home run and went 5-for-5 for the Phillies, driving in two runs and scoring twice.
Raimel Tapia and Danney Jansen each had three RBIs for the Blue Jays. Toronto scored in every inning except the fourth. Jansen, however, struck out against backup catcher-turned-reliever Garrett Stubbs in the ninth to shouts of “Stubbs! chunks! chunks!
The Phillies have 15 games left, including five more in this final homestand of the season. Toronto has 14 more to play and just opened a six-game road trip.
“You have lulls in the season and this isn’t the best place to go, is it?” 2021 National League Most Valuable Player bryce harp said. “We lost, but I think it’s a springboard into tomorrow and hopefully the offense can show up, the defense and the pitching as well. We’re going to need that down the stretch and into the postseason.”
Harper kept an upbeat tone with his postseason speech. But they’re not going to get there, or last long if they do, with the way they played against the Blue Jays; the crucial errors in the middle innings, first when Harper doubled over to end a rally in the fifth and then shortstop Bryson Stott’s two-base error in the sixth that led to an unearned run.
Trailing 7-1 in the fifth, the Phillies broke against Toronto’s starter ross undressing. Dalton Guthrie made it 7-2 with a solo shot for his first major league home run. Rhys Hoskins he had a run-scoring double and Harper and Realmuto added back-to-back RBI singles that made it 7-5.
Blue Jays reliever Zach Pop (3-0) helped them escape the inning when he retired Stott with a fly ball to center field and George Springer he caught Harper in the second to end the threat.
“We just have to get back to winning and if we keep playing the way we are, we will,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said.
Stripling allowed nine hits and five runs over four innings, ending a streak of 16 consecutive starts in which he gave up three or fewer earned runs, one fewer to tie the franchise record.
“It wasn’t a good day to be a pitcher for either team, for sure,” Stripling said. “But today we showed our strength, which is the ability to spill sometimes. We really showed that today.”
Kyle Gibson (10-7) couldn’t do it and stayed inside to allow seven runs on 12 hits in five innings. His problem started early when Chapman’s 27th homer on a drive into the left-field seats made it 3-0 in the first inning. The Blue Jays scored two in the second and added single runs in the third and sixth to get the run scoring going.
“You knew it was one of those nights around the third or fourth inning,” Schneider said.
The Blue Jays fell short of 29 hits and 28 runs against the Red Sox in July.
The Blue Jays hit five leadoff doubles and seven overall. Toscar Hernández had four hits and set a career high with 30 doubles. Vlad Guerrero Jr. extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.316 in that span).
Phillies CF brandon swamp he left after the third inning with a left knee contusion after hitting a wall trying to catch. Phillies of Nick Castellanos he could begin a rehab assignment this week as part of his comeback from an oblique strain. Castellanos has just 13 home runs and 61 RBIs in the first season of a five-year, $100 million deal.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Phillies send RHP Zack Wheeler (11-7, 3.07 ERA) to the mound vs. RHP Kevin Gaussman (12-10, 3.45). Wheeler, the 2021 NL Cy Young Award runner-up, will make his first start since Aug. 20. He missed five starts with tendonitis in his right forearm.
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