Happ struggles in Jays' 11-6 win over Phils

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — J.A. Happ gave up three runs, three hits and four walks over 2 2-3 innings, but Jose Bautista bailed him out, hitting two homers to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6 Wednesday.

Bautista hit a two-run homer off starter Roberto Hernandez during a four-run third and a two-run shot against Brad Lincoln in the sixth.

Happ, slowed by back inflammation, struck out two during a 71-pitch outing in his first big league spring training start since March 3. The left-hander gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in three scoreless innings in a minor league game Friday.

"They're going to count soon, but I feel like I still have time," Happ said. "Passed 70 pitches today. I felt strong. I have a couple more outings to try to fine tune things. You're going to take that outing for what it was, and it wasn't pretty."

Ben Revere hit a three-run double off Happ in the second.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect fifth. In his previous four appearances, he allowed seven runs — two earned — and eight hits in four innings.

STARTING TIME

Blue Jays: Happ has allowed nine runs in four innings overall.

Phillies: Hernandez gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings.

"He didn't quite have his two-seam fastball working," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He had some groundballs that found some holes but then, they took advantage of first-pitch fastball swinging in the big inning that they had."

Hernandez had given up three runs and eight hits over 13 1-3 innings in his previous four starts.

ROTATION ROLES

Ricky Romero was sent to the Blue Jays minor league camp, ending the left-hander's bid for a rotation spot.

Romero gave up three runs, three hits and five walks over 2 2-3 innings in Tuesday's game against Detroit. He went 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA in four games last season, just two years after going 15-11 for Toronto.

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