When a team gets a poor performance from their starting pitcher, getting strong relief from the Bullpen and good offense is mandatory. That’s exactly what the Toronto Blue Jays received on every end last night as they took on the then 46-72 Philadelphia Phillies to open up their eight game road trip.

R.A Dickey riding a five game winning streak took to the mound for the Jays. Dickey lasted only four innings giving up nine hits and 5 earned runs. Luckily for Dickey and the Blue Jays who are in chase mode in the AL East and keep ahead mode in the Wild Card. The Jays got on the board in the first inning, but in a four inning span, Dickey gave up five earned runs all started with Jeff Francoeur’s solo dinger in the second.

Dickey gave way to Liam Hendricks who came into the game with a 3-0 record and a 2.36 ERA in what has been his best season as a professional thus far. The Jays were down 5-3 after five innings, but busted out a five spot in the sixth inning to go up 8-5. From there, the Jays bullpen was stellar. Hendriks, Brett Cecil, Latroy Hawkins and Aaron Sanchez managed to go four shutout innings only giving up two hits. The Jays entered the ninth inning up 8-5 and gave way to their as of late hot closer in Roberta Osuna.

In his last seven games, Osuna has been perfect converting all seven save opportunities he has had and has been known to light up the radar gun with his fastball. For Jay’s fans, I think it’s safe to say at least at this point that they have finally found a closer that can win the team ball games.Osuna finished out the 8-5 victory striking out one while not allowing a hit to lower his ERA (earned run average) to 1.98 on the season and earned his 14th save in 15 chances.

Yes in the end of the day, the Jays were probably looking for a better start from Dickey but having an offense like the Jays; allows (sometimes anyways) a pitcher to falter and leave way for the offense. Josh Donaldson was once again the Jays best player cranking out two homeruns to up his total to 33 on the season and Edwin Encarnacion also sent his 22nd out of the park.

Unfortunately for the Jays, with the Yankees and Angels winning their respective games, they remain one game back in the AL East. With the Angels win, they leap frogged the Baltimore Orioles to jump into the second game. The Jays are currently four games secure of a playoff spot and lead the Angels by 3 ½ games for top spot in the Wild Card.

Mark Buerhle will take to the mound tonight with his 13-5 record while Adam Morgan will go for the Phillies and look to be better on the mound then his last start when he only survived giving up seven hits in only five innings of work and gave up four earned runs. With the Jays heading to Anaheim to take on the hot LA Angels, game two tonight against the Phillies is crucial. You can catch all the action on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 the fan at 7 PM Eastern.

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