Glaus, Thomas homer, but Jays fall
Early lead doesn't hold up as Towers, bullpen falter
PHILLIES 10, BLUE JAYS 6
at Dunedin, Fla.
Wednesday, March 21
Phillies at the plate: Second baseman Chase Utley pulled a pitch from Toronto right-hander Josh Towers down the right-field line in the first inning for an RBI triple. Utley then scored on an infield single by third baseman Wes Helms, and added a two-run homer in the fifth. Shane Victorino and Helms chipped in homers in the sixth and seventh, respectively.
Blue Jays at the plate: In the first inning, third baseman Troy Glaus sent an offering from Phils righty Freddy Garcia bouncing off the top of a tree behind the left-field wall for a two-run home run -- his second of the spring. Designated hitter Frank Thomas had an RBI double earlier in the first, and then added a two-run blast of his own in the second.
Phillies on the mound: Garcia exited the game after one inning due to tightness in his right bicep. He allowed three runs on five hits with one walk in the opening frame. Garcia, who was scheduled to throw 85 pitches, left after just 32, including 20 strikes. Fabio Castro yielded three runs in three innings of relief.
Blue Jays on the mound: Towers, who entered Wednesday with a 2.00 ERA this spring, allowed five runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked one and hit one batter. Towers threw 89 pitches -- 58 for strikes. Righty Jeremy Accardo gave up a two-run homer to Victorino, and lefty Scott Downs yielded a solo shot to Helms.
Grapefruit League records: Phillies 8-13; Blue Jays 7-11-2.
Up next: Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay (1-0, 1.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the spring when the Blue Jays host the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday at Knology Park.
Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer, who has a 2.51 spring ERA, is slated to take the mound versus the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET at Bright House Networks Field. Jon Lieber, moved to the bullpen on Wednesday, is scheduled to make his relief debut for the Phillies.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.