Roy Halladay pitched an eight-hitter against his former team to win his sixth straight decision, Chase Utley hit a go-ahead homer, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 5-3, yesterday in Toronto.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 26th homer, but the Blue Jays lost for the 10th time in 13 home games.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell and reliever Jon Rauch were ejected in the ninth. Frustrated at home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after Ryan Howard drew a walk on a close pitch, Rauch lost his temper when Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, with Utley sliding home just ahead of left fielder Corey Patterson’s throw.
Rauch had to be restrained by his manager as he argued with Marquez. After calling Shawn Camp in from the bullpen, Farrell renewed the argument and was also ejected.
Halladay (11-3) took the mound in the bottom of the first to a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,078. One banner read, “Welcome Home, Doc. Please be gentle.’’
Yankees 5, Mets 2 - Bartolo Colon (6-3) pitched six shutout innings in his return from the disabled list and Eduardo Nunez had two doubles and a home run to lead the visiting Yankees past the Mets for their season-best seventh consecutive victory.
Jose Reyes left after two innings with tightness in his left hamstring. Held scoreless for five innings, the Yankees touched up Dillon Gee (8-2) in a four-run sixth, including Curtis Granderson’s 22d homer, before a Citi Field-record crowd of 42,042.
Pirates 5-3, Nationals 4-3 - Ivan Rodriguez drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth, and host Washington beat Pittsburgh to earn a doubleheader split. In the opener, Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen hit back-to-back homers in the eighth in the Pirates’ win.
Rays 5, Cardinals 1 - Casey Kotchman drove in three runs with a double to lead host Tampa Bay over St. Louis. Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon moved past Ted Williams (2,654 hits) into 71st place on the all-time list with a single leading off the first. Damon went 4 for 4 and has 2,658 hits.
Giants 15, Tigers 3 - Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford homered in a five-run first inning and Miguel Tejada had a grand slam in a five-run third after a long rain delay as San Francisco routed host Detroit.
Angels 7, Dodgers 1 - Jered Weaver (10-4) got some payback against Clayton Kershaw (8-4) six days after a tough-luck loss in their first matchup, and Vernon Wells homered to lead the host Angels over the Dodgers.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0 - Phil Humber pitched seven shutout innings and Juan Pierre singled in the only run as the White Sox beat the host Cubs. Humber (8-4) won a duel with Matt Garza (4-7), who held the White Sox hitless for 5 1/3 innings before Pierre singled.
Braves 5, Orioles 4 - David Ross’s grand slam led visiting Atlanta over Baltimore for its fifth consecutive win. Mark Reynolds hit two homers for the Orioles.
Indians 3, Reds 1 - Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer and Harvard University product Frank Herrmann pitched three scoreless innings for his first big league win in Cleveland’s victory over host Cincinnati.
Brewers 8, Twins 7 - Pinch-hitter George Kottaras capped a four-run ninth inning with a go-ahead RBI single to lead visiting Milwaukee over Minnesota. The Twins blew a 7-0 lead built on 13 hits in four innings. They had one hit the rest of the way.
Padres 1, Mariners 0 - Host San Diego’s Cameron Maybin walked after just three balls were thrown by Doug Fister and came around to score the only run on Antonio Gonzalez’s fifth-inning single. A video review by official scorer Dan Peterson confirmed the count should have been 3-and-2 on Maybin.
Marlins 9, Rangers 5 - Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam and solo shot for a career high-tying five RBIs, helping Florida overcome Josh Hamilton’s two homers to beat host Texas. Logan Morrison also homered for Florida.
Rockies 9, Royals 6 - Mark Ellis had three hits and Troy Tulowitzki homered in host Colorado’s win over Kansas City.
Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 2 - Chris Young had three hits and four RBIs, including a two-run homer, to lead visiting Arizona.