Glaus, Jays homer in on fifth straight win

TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Hinske has played an increasingly more
important role for the Toronto Blue Jays in Alex Rios' absence.

Hinske and Troy Glaus homered in the sixth inning to help
Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Saturday for the Blue
Jays' season-high fifth straight victory.

Hinske, who homered in his second straight game, finished
2-for-2 with two walks in place of Rios, who was placed on the
15-day disabled list after the game because of a serious infection
in his left leg.

Center fielder Vernon Wells is also day-to-day with a strained
left hamstring

"With Vernon and Rios out the guys on the bench have to step
up," Hinske said. "It's good to get a chance to step in and help
the team win."

Hinske lost his platoon job in right after Rios got off to a
strong start. He's played sparingly since.

"He's been huge," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "It's a
tough role to fall into but when the opportunity came back he

Glaus led off the sixth with his 22nd homer, a solo shot off
Cory Lidle (4-7) that went into the second deck in left. Hinske
later added a two-run shot giving Toronto a 3-0 lead.

Toronto moved a season-high 12 games over .500.

Ty Taubenheim pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two
hits, while striking out four and walking two. He returned to the
rotation after a stint in the bullpen. Lidle matched Taubenheim's
scoreless effort until the sixth inning.

Scott Downs (2-0) pitched an inning for the victory. Closer B.J.
Ryan pitched 1 2-3 innings for his 22nd save in 23 chances.

"If you take a poll of the guys he's been our biggest
acquisition," Toronto's Reed Johnson said. "We've had problems in
the past with closers, but he comes in and pumps in strikes. It's
been huge for us."

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each had an RBI for the Phillies,
who have lost 17 of 21.

Rollins' RBI triple off Justin Speier and Chase Utley's
run-scoring off Scott Schoeneweis cut it to 3-2 in the seventh.

"You at least expect to the balls to find holes once in awhile
but it just hasn't happened," Rollins said.

But Gregg Zaun's RBI single off the wall in right and Glaus'
run-scoring double play restored the three-run lead in the bottom
half of the inning.

"We're just not playing ball like we can. It's just a small
margin of error," Lidle said.

Game notes
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons visited Rios in the hospital
on Saturday. Rios, who likely will be placed on the 15-day disabled
list, fouled a ball off his leg during Tuesday's 6-0 victory over
the Washington Nationals and the area swelled. He sat out
Wednesday's game as a precaution but the pain got worse Thursday,
causing the team to send him to the hospital. The team is waiting
to hear from doctors before deciding whether to DL him. CF Vernon
Wells is day to day with a strained left hamstring, so a roster
move to add another outfielder is likely.