Phillies rough up Estrada early, halt Blue Jays' season-best win streak

Phillies rough up Estrada early, halt Blue Jays' season-best win streak

Phillies rough up Estrada early, halt Blue Jays' season-best win streak

The accomplishment is a bright spot in what has been a pretty boring season for the Toronto Blue Jays, and Morales himself.

Morales entered the contest in a tie with Jose Cruz Jr. for the franchise mark.

Morales put the Blue Jays on the board in the bottom half of the inning, taking Pivetta's 2-2 pitch over the wall for a two-run home run. Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long, and Don Mattingly share the all-time record with home runs in eight straight games. "It's emotionally really nice", Morales said through interpreter Josue Peley. "I'm just really happy that (Cooperstown) wants something".

The 35-year-old Morales, who's nearing the end his second season in Toronto, has 21 home runs in 108 games in 2018.

Forget a broom. Toronto starter Marco Estrada brought a shovel to Sunday afternoon's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

With a fastball that was anything but - often lollygagging in there at 87-miles-an-hour - Estrada could not get out of the third inning.

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Estrada (7-10) allowed five runs and seven hits in two-plus innings.

The Phillies jumped on Estrada in the first, scoring two runs on back-to-back home runs by Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana. Afterwards, Estrada admitted that his back has been acting up. "But I'm good enough to be out there and I don't plan on missing anything".

Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run in the third. "I'm going to work through this and maybe get a cortisone shot or something and numb it up and be ready to go for the next one".

It's said that when Estrada's fastball drops down a couple of ticks, to 86, 87 miles per hour, he gets in trouble, even when he's working it off a good change-up.

Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies and Tommy Hunter #96 pose for a photo while wearing nicknames on the backs of their jerseys on Players Weekend before the start of Major League Baseball game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Over the weekend, Donaldson's locker was cleared out, fuelling some speculation something was up. In a statement, Donaldson said he wanted all his equipment on hand before starting a rehab assignment.

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