Phils Reach .500 With Win Over Jays

Another ten runs for the Phillies offense as the Phils beat Toronto 10-8 Monday and evened their spring record at 6-6. Marlon Byrd paced the Phils offense with three more hits and three RBI. Brett Myers chipped in with four innings of work and also doubled to play his part in the Phillies offense.

Brett Myers (1-0) used to live for strikeouts. Now, he lives on getting hitters to ground into easy outs. The plan is working; of the 12 hitters that Myers retired Monday, eight of them came on groundballs. The Blue Jays did touch Myers for two earned runs and he allowed five hits and two walks, but was generally pleased with what he's trying to accomplish this spring.

Ryan Madson was hit for two runs in 2.1 innings of work and minor leaguer Eude Brito allowed four earned runs in one-third of an inning. On the upside, Terry Adams was impressive in shutting down the Jays in the ninth to record his first save of the spring. Adams struck out two in his one inning.

The Phillies got two first inning runs when Jimmy Rollins singled and scored on a double by Placido Polanco. Pat Burrell then continued his spring hitting with an RBI single. Byrd's three hits and three RBI give him a .417 average this spring.

The Phillies major league squad is off on Tuesday, but Jon Lieber will pitch with the minor league staff in their spring opener.


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