Dunedin, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Philadelphia Phillies rocked right-hander Brandon Morrow with four runs en route to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that was called in the eighth frame due to rain Monday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Cameron Rupp and Tony Gwynn hit two RBIs apiece while outfielder Ben Revere drove in a run-scoring single to help the Phillies improve to 8-15. Left-hander Mario Hollands pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts while Hector Neris earned the save.
Morrow (0-2) was saddled with the loss after accounting for four earned runs in five innings. He walked three and fanned four for the Blue Jays, who slipped to 12-12.
Morrow’s difficulty began in the second inning, when he allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown. He compounded his issues with a four-pitch walk to John Mayberry to load the bases. Cody Asche and Rupp then grounded out for a 2-0 Phillies lead.
The Phillies’ offense continued in the fourth with another pair of back-to-back singles. Rupp then walked on four pitches to once again load the bases before Gwynn hit a sacrifice fly and Revere followed with his RBI single as Philadelphia took a 4-0 lead.
The Blue Jays finally got on the board in the sixth when Colby Rasmus hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning.
It was Rasmus’ fourth extra-base hit of the spring. They added two more to come within one run of Philly in the bottom of the seventh on Brett Carroll’s double.
Before rain shortened the game in the middle of the eighth inning, the Phillies tacked on two more runs on doubles from Rupp and Gwynn in the top of the frame.