The visiting Toronto Blue Jays earned a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in a rain-delayed marathon to close out their three-game interleague series at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday
Rod Barajas, the hero of Saturday's game with two home runs and five RBIs, hit what would prove to be the game-winning single off Philadelphia reliever Rudy Seanez (2-3) in the sixth inning after a second rain delay of 39 minutes.
"You just try to stay locked in as long as you can," Seanez said of the rain delays. "No excuse for it. Everyone has got to play."
Lyle Overbay hit a three-run pinch-hit home run to tie the game in the fifth inning while Shannon Stewart added a two-run double in the sixth for the Blue Jays (23-23), who moved back to .500 for the first time since April 21 after a solid 6-4 road trip.
Jason Frasor (1-0) earned the win for Toronto, giving up one run over 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
"I couldn't be more proud of this whole group," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Down 6-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies (24-21) made things interesting as Pat Burrell belted his 10th homer of the season off closer B.J. Ryan to cut the lead to 6-5 with two out.
But Ryan recovered by striking out Eric Bruntlett to earn his ninth save of the season in as many opportunities.
"B.J., in a day game after a night game, got it done," Gibbons said.
Phillies strike first
Ryan Howard, struggling for average at the plate so far this season, put Philadelphia into a 2-0 first inning lead off Toronto starter Shaun Marcum with a blast to deep left centre.
That was when the clouds dumped over two hours of rain on the proceedings, forcing both managers to remove their starting pitchers (Jason Kendrick started for the Phillies) rather than have them warm up again and risk injury.
"I wanted to stay out there, but it's their call," Kendrick said. "I felt good. Obviously, the competitor in me wanted to be out there."
After the rain, reliever Shawn Camp came in for Toronto and threw two solid innings before giving up Philly's third run in the bottom of the fourth.
With one out, Camp gave up three straight singles, the last by Carlos Ruiz scoring Geoff Jenkins.
Philadelphia countered when things dried up with hurler Chad Durbin, who went hitless into the fifth when, with two out, Barajas doubled to right and Marco Scutaro walked.
That brought Overbay up, who was pinch-hitting for Camp. He powered one into the second deck of right field and it was suddenly 3-3.
"I was just trying to get a good pitch and take advantage of it in a situation like that," Overbay said.
Toronto was back in trouble in the fifth thanks to reliever Brian Tallet, who gave up consecutive one-out singles to load the bases, bringing Frasor in from the bullpen.
Frasor got Pedro Feliz to pop out and forced Ruiz into grounding out, ending the threat.
Aaron Hill led off the sixth with a double to left. After two outs and an intentional walk to Matt Stairs, Shannon Stewart doubled — bringing both runners across to make it 5-3.
Barajas then singled home Stewart to make it 6-3.
Philadelphia came back in the bottom of the sixth with a run courtesy of a two-out double from Chase Utley off Toronto's Jesse Carlson that scored Jimmy Rollins to cut the lead to 6-4.
Howard drew a walk in the next at-bat, prompting Gibbons to bring in starter Roy Halladay to relieve Carlson with two outs in the sixth.
In his first relief appearance since July 2001, Halladay pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings before giving way to Ryan in the ninth.