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Injuries pile up in Jays shutout of Phillies

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TORONTO -- The challenges facing two injury-ravaged teams just got even greater Friday night as both the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies saw players go down with injuries.

The Jays lost their third starting pitcher in five days after Drew Hutchison could only last nine pitches in the first inning before calling for a trainer after throwing an awkward-looking slider to Phillies' Hunter Pence in the first inning.

The Blue Jays needed the help of five relief pitchers in order to pick up a 3-0 win over the Phillies.

The Phillies, already without Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Roy Halladay, lost catcher Carlos Ruiz to an oblique strain in the seventh inning. Ruiz had been Philadelphia's most consistent hitter as he started the day hitting .361.

"That's a big one," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "I mean he's our .360 hitter and he's the guy that's been hot. He's the guy that's been consistent. But at the same time he won't be able to play for a few days for sure but we'll know more by (Saturday)."

Toronto needed the bullpen help after losing Hutchison in the first inning to what the Jays are calling right elbow soreness. Relief pitchers Aaron Laffey, Carlos Villanueva (2-0), Jason Frasor, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen combined to close out the shutout.

For Janssen, it was his first save in June and sixth overall this season.

Hutchison is the third Blue Jays starter to leave a game in their past four games with what could be a serious injury after previously seeing both Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek withdrawn early due to injury.

"He was complaining of some soreness in the elbow and at that point it was clear cut that he had to come out of the game," said Jays manager John Farrell, who said he can't speculate on the severity of the injury until Hutchison underwent more tests.

"I've never seen this, three starters in four days to come out with injury," he said.

Vance Worley (3-3) went seven innings in a losing effort for the Phillies. Worley gave up three runs, only one of which was earned on five hits. He walked a pair of batters and struck out five.

"That's probably the best I've felt coming back," said Worley, who's allowed just four earned runs in three starts since coming off the DL. "I got my pitch count up and the ball was doing what I wanted it to do today and unfortunately it didn't go our way."

Toronto (32-32) scoring came over two innings. They got one in the third and two more in the fourth off Worley.

The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Phillies

(31-35) while Toronto rebounded after being swept by the Washington Nationals.

Laffey went an inning and a third in place of Hutchison but Villanueva stood out by going four shutout innings to pick up the win. With Toronto needing starters, Villanueva's performance may mean he merits consideration for a spot -- especially since he's had starting experience before.

"I'll do whatever they want me to do," said Villanueva. "To me it's just another day at the office."

Toronto lost Morrow to a left oblique strain on Monday and then Drabek with an elbow injury on Wednesday. Back-to-back doubles by Rajai Davis and Brett Lawrie with two out in the third inning opened the scoring.

The Blue Jays scored two in the fourth. Jose Bautista led off with a single.

Phillies third baseman Mike Fontenot fielded an Edwin Encarnacion ground ball but then missed wildly on his throw to second when trying to force Bautista at second. The throw went into right field. Bautista scored on the play and Encarnacion wound up at third.

Encarnacion came in to score on a Yunel Escobar ground out.

NOTES: Chase Utley started his first game in the field as part of his rehab from a knee injury on Friday. Utley started at second base in an extended spring training game after playing his three previous at DH. ... The Jays announced that Drabek would be getting a second opinion on his right elbow after an MRI revealed ligament damage. Drabek, who's had Tommy John surgery once before, said the pain is nowhere near as bad as the previous injury that required the operation. ... Brett Cecil was recalled from AAA Las Vegas and will start Sunday. ... Cliff Lee (0-3) is scheduled to start for the Phillies against Ricky Romero (7-1) for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

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