Ruf, Mayberry go yard in loss to Blue Jays
Lee strikes out three and allows just one run over two frames
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays' offense scored early and often as Jose Bautista led the way with two doubles and a pair of RBIs in a 7-5 victory over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Bautista opened the scoring for Toronto in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double down the left-field line off left-hander Cliff Lee. Two innings later, Bautista was back at it again with a double over the head of center fielder Ben Revere.
Toronto's right fielder now has three extra-base hits, three RBIs and a pair of walks in just two games this spring. He was eventually removed for a pinch-runner during the fifth inning when Toronto went to its bench for the rest of the game.
Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie also had a pair of hits while Melky Cabrera had a two-run double to the gap in right-center field. Toronto's starting nine combined for seven runs on 10 hits over the course of five innings.
Left fielder Darin Ruf was the main standout on offense for Philadelphia. He walked during his first at-bat and in his second appearance he sent a home run off the scoreboard in left field. Ruf's first of the spring came on a first-pitch fastball from right-hander Esmil Rogers and put the Phillies in front, 3-1. John Mayberry also added a solo homer off the scoreboard in the sixth.
Lee made his spring debut for the Phillies and allowed one run on two hits while striking out three. His only trouble came in the first inning when he surrendered the back-to-back doubles to Moises Sierra and Bautista. Lee retired the final five batters he faced and got through his outing in relatively short order.
"Obviously, I'm trying to throw strikes," Lee said. "Made a couple mistakes. The first double was for sure a mistake -- tried to throw a backdoor cutter and it ended up right down the middle. And then Bautista, I just missed on the pitch before and tried to throw the same pitch. It wasn't a bad one, it's just you get into a 2-2 count with him in that situation is not where you want to be. He put a good swing on it. But other than that I felt good, was throwing strikes.
"My changeup was working pretty good today. I was pleased with that. Working ahead in the count for the most part. Didn't walk anyone, so I feel like mission accomplished."
Blue Jays No. 1 starter R.A. Dickey allowed one unearned run in his two innings. Dickey had trouble locating his knuckleball early in the game as he walked a pair of batters in the first inning before settling into a groove during his brief outing.
The only run against Dickey came when a passed ball was charged to Erik Kratz when Philadelphia loaded the bases with just one out. Dickey then struck out Kevin Frandsen and got Cody Asche on a weak grounder to second that ended the inning.
Up next: The Phillies play the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. Friday at Bright House Field. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick makes his first start of the spring. He is trying to bounce back from a rough finish to 2013, which included a 6.45 ERA over his final 14 starts and a trip to the disabled list because of inflammation in his shoulder. The Phillies are counting on him to be a steadying force behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV.