DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs Thursday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5.
A day after hitting a long home run against the Phillies in his first at-bat of exhibition play, Bautista had an RBI double in the first inning off Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee.
Bautista finished 2 for 2 with a walk. The former two-time major league homer champion missed the final six weeks last year because of a hip injury.
Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera also drove in runs for Toronto.
"I thought we swung the bats pretty good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Gibbons liked how many of Toronto's hits were up the middle or to the opposite field.
"Against a lot of lefties and things like that, you have to be able to do that and I think it was progress for us," he said.
Lee allowed two hits and a run in two innings. He struck out three and walked none.
"Obviously I'm trying to throw strikes," Lee said. "I made a couple mistakes. The first double was, for sure, a mistake. I tried to throw a backdoor cutter and it ended up right down the middle."
"And then Bautista, I just missed on the pitch before and tried to throw the same pitch. It wasn't a bad one, it's just you get into a 2-2 count with him in that situation is not where you want to be. He put a good swing on it."
Philadelphia's offense was powered by a pair of home runs from bench hopefuls: Darin Ruf hit a two-run shot in the third and John Mayberry Jr. had a solo drive in the sixth.
Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey allowed one unearned run in two innings. He gave up two hits, two walks and struck out two.
Phillies: Lee gave up doubles to two of the first three batters he faced, then stopped the Blue Jays. He is the odds-on favorite to start on opening day March 31 at Texas.
Blue Jays: Dickey got through an uneasy first inning to feel good about his spring debut. The knuckleballer walked back-to-back batters with one out in his opening inning.
"I'm feeling a lot better than I was at this point last year, so I'm hoping that will carry out through the rest of spring and opening day," Dickey said.
Ruf hit a long home run off Esmil Rogers with one on and no one out in the third inning. The shot was the first for any Phillies player this spring. Ruf finished 1 for 3 with a walk.