Howard goes deep, but Phils fall to Jays 11-6

(Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

On an ugly weather day in Dunedin, Florida, pitchers Cliff Lee and R.A. Dickey struggled. That was good news for Ryan Howard, who belted a two-run home run as his torrid spring continues.

R.A. Dickey and Cliff Lee struggled in the poor weather. Ryan Howard and Jose Reyes found the playing conditions to their liking. Howard hit a two-run homer off Dickey and Reyes and the Toronto Blue Jays touched up Cliff Lee in an 11-6 victory over the Phillies in cool, blustery conditions Saturday.

Both starters went three innings in their second exhibition appearances. Dickey allowed three runs in the first on four consecutive hits - doubles by Kevin Frandsen and Michael Young, Howard's shot and a single by Domonic Brown.

"They were just aggressive early in the count and got some balls up in the air," the right-hander said. "Today, if you got a ball up in the air, it was probably going to go somewhere."

Despite his homer off Dickey, Howard is pleased the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner was dealt from the NL East rival New York Mets to Toronto in a seven-player offseason trade. "I'll let the AL East go ahead and deal with him over there," said Ryan, grinning.

The left-handed Lee, who won the 2008 AL Cy Young Award with the Cleveland Indians, gave up two first-inning runs on doubles by Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera and a single by Edwin Encarnacion. Emilio Bonifacio tied it at 3 in the second with a solo home run.

Reyes added a three-run homer off losing pitcher Tyler Cloyd in the fourth. Carlos Ruiz and Erik Kratz also had home runs for Philadelphia.

"I missed up in the zone a few times, obviously, with the wind," Lee said. "Physically, I feel great. It's just a matter of honing it in a little better."

NOTES: RHP Josh Johnson allowed a run in two innings for the win... The Phillies and Blue Jays meet again Sunday in a split-squad game. The scheduled starters are LHP Rickey Romero for Toronto and RHP Aaron Cook for Philadelphia... Ford ''Moon'' Mullen, who was the oldest living Phillies alumnus at 96, died Thursday night. The former second baseman played 118 games for the club in 1944, his only season in the major leagues.


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