Cody Asche banged a double for the Phils.
By Sam Bush
The Phillies continue to slide in the standings and the Blue Jays continue to roll, winning 7-2 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
The Blue Jays are 15-6 since May 24, which is the second-best record in the American League and the third-best record in Major League Baseball in that span.
Edward Encarnacion got things going with a long solo homer in the second, and Marco Estrada took care of the rest, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 5-2.
“We’re kind of putting everything together,” Estrada said. “We’re hitting, we’re pitching. I’ve said it all year, we’ve a very dangerous team, and when we start putting things together, we’re one of the best, if not the best. That’s what you’re seeing right now, and it shows.”
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 6-19 since May 18, which is the worst record in baseball. Jeremy Hellickson allowed four runs in six innings to fall to 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA (14 earned runs in 17 innings) in his last three starts. He walked the first two batters he faced in the fourth, which led to three runs.
“You walk the first two guys in an inning, you’re just asking for trouble,” Hellickson said.