Phils’ rookie Aaron Nola gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. He left with a 5-3 lead.

By Sam Bush

Don’t look now but the first-half Phillies have returned.

After going 29-62 before the break for the All Star game in mid-July, the Phils went on a 16-5 tear that gave some in their nation hope for the future.

Well, hope is dying at Citizens Bank Park.

Josh Donaldson hit two homers, Edwin Encarnacion added one and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Phillies 8-5 Tuesday night.

The AL wild card-leading Blue Jays have won 13 of 15. They entered one game behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

The Phillies, who have the worst record in the majors, have lost four straight and five of six after winning 16 of 21 following the All-Star break.

Donaldson hit a drive off Aaron Nola into the second deck in left field in the first. His three-run shot in the sixth off Jeanmar Gomez (1-3) gave the Blue Jays a 7-5 lead. A loud group of Jays fans chanted “MVP” as he rounded the bases. Donaldson has 33 homers and leads the majors with 91 RBIs.

Jeff Francoeur hit a solo homer for the Phils.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed five runs and nine hits in four-plus innings, becoming the first Jays starter to give up more than three earned runs in 21 games. Liam Hendricks (4-0) pitched out of a jam in the fifth to earn the win. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Nola gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. He left with a 5-3 lead.

The Jays started their rally off Elvis Araujo. Chris Colabello’s RBI single cut it to 5-4. Donaldson’s shot off Gomez made it 7-5 and Encarnacion connected for an 8-5 lead.

The Phillies took a 4-3 lead on Freddy Galvis’ RBI triple in the fourth. Cody Asche’s RBI single had tied it.

Dickey left after the Phillies loaded the bases on three straight hits, including two infield singles to first base. Hendricks entered and retired Francoeur on a double-play grounder that scored a run.

Ezequiel Carrera gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead on a two-run single with two outs in the third after Nola walked the bases loaded.

Cesar Hernandez hit a RBI single with two outs in the bottom half to cut it to 3-2.


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