TORONTO (AP)—The Philadelphia Phillies could use a day off after finishing one of their worst road trips in recent memory.
Howard hit his 28th homer for the Phillies, who went 2-7 on an awful road trip that saw pitcher Brett Myers arrested for domestic violence.
“We had a lot going on,” manager Charlie Manuel. “A day off might help.”
The Phillies have Monday off before beginning a six-game homestand.
They went 37-44 through the first 81 games of the season
Asked to describe the first half, Manuel said “it was very inconsistent. Any time you have a losing record it’s disappointing. Surprised? I’d say probably.”
Utley and Abreu each went 3-for-5 for the Phillies, who have won just five of their last 22 games.
Geoff Geary (5-0) pitched 3 1-3 innings for the victory.
“I’ve been in the right place at the right time,” Geary said. “The five wins that I have it wasn’t like I did some miraculous.”
Reed Johnson had three hits for the Blue Jays, who were trying for second straight sweep.
Toronto starter A.J. Burnett (1-2), who was solid in his first two starts since being activated from the disabled list, struggled against Philadelphia— allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
“We had a chance at a sweep and the starter sets the tone and it wasn’t done today,” Burnett said. “I didn’t have control all game. I’ve got things to work on.”
Toronto’s Frank Catalanotto hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half, but Howard tied it again in the third with his solo shot off Burnett.
Abreu’s two-run double gave Philadelphia a 5-3 lead in the fourth.
Hinske tripled and scored on Reed Johnson’s RBI single in the sixth to make it 7-5.
But Abreu’s two-run single in the seventh and Pat Burrell’s RBI single made it 10-5 in the seventh.
Utley hit his 16th homer, a solo shot off Scott Downs in the ninth.
Philadelphia C Sal Fasano left in the fourth with inflammation in his left knee. He’s day-to-day. … LF David Dellucci left in the seventh with a strained left shoulder. He’s day-to-day. … Toronto CF Vernon Wells missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring. Manager John Gibbons said Wells might play Monday in front of family in Texas. … The Blue Jays optioned RHP Jason Frasor to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled Shaun Marcum from Syracuse.