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Game roundup: Howard lifts Phillies past Diamondbacks

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 27 2014 04:07:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 27 2014 04:07:51 PM CDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard hit a homer and scored the go-ahead run on a controversial overturned play at the plate as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Tied 2-2 with two outs in the sixth, D-Backs second baseman Didi Gregorius dropped Marlon Byrd's popup in left field. On the throw home, umpires ruled after a replay challenge that catcher Miguel Montero illegally blocked Howard, who scored from first base on the play.

The play was overturned per Rule 7.13, adopted this year to prevent collisions at home plate. Under last season's rules, Howard would have been out by five feet and without any debate.

Philadelphia's Roberto Hernandez (5-8) needed just 75 pitches to cruise through seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out one and walking none.

Ken Giles pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon closed it out for his 25th save.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4

NEW YORK -- Dioner Navarro had a tiebreaking single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for Toronto.

The Blue Jays (56-50) won for the seventh time in 10 games despite blowing a 2-0 lead and a pair of one-run leads. They manufactured the go-ahead run in the ninth against New York closer David Robertson (1-3).

Rookie Aaron Sanchez (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing a game-tying single to designated hitter Carlos Beltran in the eighth. He kept the game tied by getting first baseman Brian McCann to ground out into a defensive shift.

Casey Janssen pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.