1:07 PM ET, July 3, 2011
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Jose Bautista's 27th home run helps Blue Jays avoid sweep against Phillies
TORONTO -- All but untouchable in June, Cliff Lee's streak of success came to a stunning halt in his first July start.Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 27th home run, one of three Toronto homers in a four-run eighth, and the Blue Jays snapped Lee's scoreless innings streak at 34 with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep."(Lee) had a clean seventh inning," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "All of a sudden in the eighth inning, things kind of fell apart."
Homer Distances Off Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee gave up three home runs in the eighth inning Sunday that traveled almost a quarter of a mile. The 1,266 feet is the largest cumulative distance of home runs allowed in a single inning by a pitcher this season.
Blue Jays' Eighth-Inning Home Runs
|Eric Thames||423 feet|
|Jose Bautista||389 feet|
|Edwin Encarnacion||454 feet*|
|* Longest HR allowed by Lee since July 6, 2007 (Vernon Wells, 472)|
Following the game, the Blue Jays designated OF Juan Rivera for assignment and recalled OF Travis Snider from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar missed his second straight game. Escobar left in the first inning of Friday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. ... Bautista, the leading vote-getter in All-Star game history, thanked fans in a recorded message played on the scoreboard. Bautista received 7,454,753 votes.
Regular Season Series
|2nd||B Francisco singled to center, S Victorino scored.||1||0|
|2nd||C Ruiz hit a ground rule double to deep right center, B Francisco scored, D Brown to third.||2||0|
|2nd||J Rollins singled to right, D Brown and C Ruiz scored.||4||0|
|3rd||J McDonald grounded out to shortstop, R Davis scored.||4||1|
|5th||A Hill singled to left, R Davis scored.||4||2|
|6th||J Rivera hit sacrifice fly to center, J Bautista scored.||4||3|
|8th||E Thames homered to center (423 feet).||4||4|
|8th||J Bautista homered to left (389 feet).||4||5|
|8th||E Encarnacion homered to left center (454 feet), A Lind scored.||4||7|
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|Stadium||Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON|
|Attendance||26,204 (53.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||73 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Hickox, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Brian Onora, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|
Cliff Lee gave up 3 home runs in the 8th inning against Toronto. The cumulative distance of those three homers was 1,266 feet. That's the largest cumulative distance of HR allowed in a single inning by a pitcher this season.[+]
Cliff Lee had allowed exactly ONE home run in the 8th inning in his career -- in 2006 -- entering Sunday before he allowed 3 HR in a span of 5 batters in the 8th inning against the Blue Jays.
Cliff Lee had his scoreless innings streak stopped at 34, and perhaps it should have been expected since the calendar flipped to July. Lee was incredible in June, but has been just average the rest of the season, and June is historically his best month, he's 25-6 in his career in June with a 3.07 ERA.[+]
Cliff Lee This Season
Cliff Lee gave up three home runs in the eighth inning Sunday that traveled almost a quarter of a mile. The 1,266 feet is the largest cumulative distance of home runs allowed in a single inning by a pitcher this season.[+]
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