DUNEDIN, Fla. -- New Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two, but the Phillies rolled to a 10-3 victory in Toronto's Grapefruit League home opener at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Sunday.The Phillies were able to take advantage of some
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- New Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two, but the Phillies rolled to a 10-3 victory in Toronto's Grapefruit League home opener at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Sunday.
The Phillies were able to take advantage of some uncertain Toronto defense to score three unearned runs in the second inning and never trailed after that.
With one out, Dylan Cozens reached on an error by shortstop Richard Urena. Blue Jays starter Joe Biagini (1 2/3 innings, two unearned runs on two hits, one walk, three strikeouts) struck out catcher Ryan Hanigan, walked Brock Stassi and came out of the game. Right-hander Justin Shafer then hit Taylor Featherston with a pitch to load the bases.
One run scored when Cameron Perkins hit a ground ball to shortstop. Urena bobbled it, but Perkins was credited with a hit when Perkins beat the throw. Urena was charged with another error when he didn't cleanly handle a grounder by J.P. Crawford, allowing Stassi to score the second run.
"We couldn't catch the ball. [Urena] had a tough day, but he's not going anywhere," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's going to be a good one. And Jose Bautista, I thought, looked good [2-for-3 with a double]. Russell Martin looked good. Morales hit his first home run as a Blue Jay. So as painful as that game was, there were a couple good things in there."
Before the inning ended, Featherston crossed the plate on Shafer's wild pitch.
Andres Blanco hit a solo shot for the Phillies off Mat Latos in the third, then the Phillies broke the game open with three runs in the sixth. Nick Williams drove in a pair in the inning with a single.
Jeremy Hellickson, who is likely to be the Phillies' Opening Day starter, gave up two runs on four hits and walked one in two innings in his spring debut.
Phillies: The Phillies host the Rays in a Grapefruit League game Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Spectrum Field on MLB.TV. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff makes his first start of the spring. He is expected to follow Hellickson in the rotation once the season begins.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Marcus Stroman, who will be trying to build on his strong second half last season, makes his first Grapefruit League start Monday against the visiting Pirates at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and via an exclusive Blue Jays audio webcast. In his final 11 starts of 2016, fully recovered from ACL surgery, Stroman had a 3.28 ERA. Bautista is expected to start at designated hitter and get at least two at-bats.
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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com.