CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Brett Cecil that cleared the back fence and went out of Bright House Field, helping a Philadelphia Phillies’ split squad beat the Toronto Blue Jays 13-5 Sunday.
Howard’s fifth-inning drive put the Phillies ahead 6-4. After missing spring training and the first half of last season while recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon, Howard is hitting .417 (10 for 24) with three homers, three doubles and 10 RBIs in nine exhibition games.
Domonic Brown also hit his third spring training homer, a solo shot in the fourth off left-hander Aaron Loup.
Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa homered for the Blue Jays. Bautista, who played in just six games after the All-Star break last year due to a wrist injury, has two home runs in six games during the exhibition season.
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