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Rajai Davis leads Toronto Blue Jays over Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 in 10 innings

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis, centre, reacts with teammates after hitting the game winning two run homerun against the Philadelphia Phillies during tenth inning interleague baseball action in Toronto on Saturday, June 16, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
June 16, 2012 - 4:41 PM

TORONTO - Rajai Davis singled to deep left-centre field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Yunel Escobar led off the 10th with a walk off reliever Joe Savery (0-2).

With Mike McCoy batting, Savery was called for a balk to send Escobar to second who later moved to third on McCoy's groundout.

After J.P. Arencibia struck out, Davis hit his long single.

Francisco Cordero (2-4) pitched the top of the 10th to get the win.

Phillies' left-hander Cliff Lee failed to get his first win of the season in his 11th start when the Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the eighth to tie the game 5-5.

Lee allowed 12 hits, including a home run by Escobar, and five runs in seven innings. He did not get an out from the three batters he faced in the eighth inning.

Lee entered the game with the fourth lowest run support average in the major leagues at 2.55 runs per game.

Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero allowed four runs on seven hits, including John Mayberry's three-run homer in the third, in six innings of work.

Lee entered the eighth with a 5-2 lead.

Jose Bautista led off with a walk and Edwin Encarnacion singled to left. As Bautista headed to third, Encarnacion took off for second on the throw to the infield.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins cut off the ball and threw wildly to second, allowing both Bautista and Encarnacion scored.

After a single by Kelly Johnson, Chad Qualls replaced Lee.

Pinch-hitter David Cooper snapped a 0-for-18 drought with a single that moved Johnson to third. Arencibia tied the game when he doubled to snap an 0-for-13 drought.

The Phillies scored their first run of the series on back-to-back doubles by Placido Polanco and Hunter Pence in the first inning.

Escobar tied the game with two out in the bottom of the second when he hit his fourth homer of the season after the Phillies left the bases loaded in the top of the inning.

But Mayberry, whose father played for the Blue Jays from 1978 to 1982, hit a three-run homer in the third. The left-fielder's fourth homer of the season followed two-out singles by Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton.

The Blue Jays got a run back in the home half of the third on a single by Colby Rasmus that scored Davis.

The Blue Jays had runners at second and third with two out in the fourth on a single by Escobar and a ground-rule double by Yan Gomes but couldn't cash in a run.

Right-hander Robert Coello gave up a run on a ground-rule double by Rollins in the eighth. The hit came after two-out walks to Brian Schneider and Michael Martinez.

Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 42,070. ... Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. who is batting .362 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs, did not play after leaving Friday's 3-0 Blue Jays victory in the fifth inning with a strained left oblique muscle. ... With right-hander Drew Hutchison placed on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, the Blue Jays promoted Coello from triple-A Las Vegas who entered Saturday’s game in the seventh. ... Lee had never gone more three starts into a season without a win before this year. ... Brett Cecil will make his first start of the season Sunday for Toronto after being called up from triple-A. He goes against Philly's Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08 earned-run average).

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