Right-hander posts two strikeouts; Gwynn, Rupp each contribute pair of RBIs
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Phillies roughed up right-hander Brandon Morrow for four runs over five innings in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in a game that was called in the eighth due to rain.
Outfielder Ben Revere had an RBI single and Tony Gwynn added a sacrifice fly as Philadelphia took advantage of a Toronto pitcher that at times struggled with his control. The Phillies weren't able to make a lot of hard contact, but made the most of their situations with runners in scoring position.
Morrow's difficulty began in the second inning, when he allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown. Neither ball was particularly well struck, but Morrow compounded his issues with a four-pitch walk to John Mayberry, which loaded the bases. Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp then grounded out to account for the first two runs of the game.
The Phillies' offense continued in the fourth with another pair of back-to-back singles. Rupp then walked on four pitches to once again load the bases, Gwynn hit a sacrifice fly and Revere followed with his RBI single. Morrow was charged with all four of the runs on five hits and three walks, while throwing 49 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
Toronto was unable to generate any type of offense against David Buchanan. Philadelphia's right-hander only pitched two innings, but didn't allow a hit or a walk and struck out two. Left-hander Mario Hollands then entered and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
"Buchanan, Hollands, [Phillippe] Aumont, good outings from all of them," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg.
The Blue Jays didn't get on the scoreboard until Colby Rasmus hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Rasmus' fourth extra-base hit of the spring. They added two more to come within one run of Philly in the bottom of the seventh on Brett Carroll's double.
Before rain shortened the game in the middle of the eighth inning, the Phillies tacked on two more runs on doubles from Rupp and Gwynn in the top of the frame.
Up Next: The Phillies visit Tampa to play the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. ET in their final road game of the spring. Right-hander Jeff Manship will make his final Grapefruit League start as he seeks to crack the Opening Day roster. Manship is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA this spring. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.