PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Winning an interleague game was a long and painstaking process for the Toronto Blue Jays, so they’ll settle for a victory any way possible.
The Blue Jays, who snapped a four-game skid and won for the first time in seven games against the NL, rallied for the victory despite leaving 16 runners on base.
“We did everything we could to give that game away, but well take it,” Toronto manager Cito Gaston said.
“I was just trying to have a good at-bat,” Rolen said. “I felt like I was seeing the ball well.”
Scott Downs(notes) (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth for the Blue Jays. Downs earned his first win since Sept. 27, 2007 against Tampa Bay, a span of 92 appearances. But Downs left the game after the ninth with a sore left foot. X-rays taken after the game were negative.
Condrey surrendered three hits and five earned runs in one-third of an inning.
“The ball got up and was not moving,” Condrey said.
Philadelphia pitchers walked 10 batters.
“It’s very frustrating when you’re supposed to be the guy going seven or eight innings,” Hamels said. “It puts a lot of stress on the bullpen.
Werth’s shot to left field off rookie Ricky Romero(notes) in the sixth inning was the Phillies 91st home run, which leads the National League, and gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead. Romero lasted seven innings and recorded career-highs with nine strikeouts and 109 pitches.
“We battled all night,” Romero said. “I was really upset about the home run. The ball should have been outside more.”
NOTES: Lidge, who is on the disabled list, threw 30 pitches off the mound before Tuesdays game and reported no pain … Toronto pitcher Roy Halladay(notes) (groin) played catch and is scheduled for a bullpen session on Wednesday. Halladay has a major league-leading 10 wins, but won’t start in the three-game series against the Phillies. … Wells snapped an 0-for-21 stretch. … Phillies LF Raul Ibanez(notes) had his 13-game hitting streak come to an end.