The Phillies used the long ball to take a 2-0 lead. Pat Burrell drove a 2-1 pitch off Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch over the left-field wall in the second for his sixth homer of the season. Rowand began the third with another solo shot, belting Litsch's 3-1 offering for his seventh homer.Philadelphia tacked on another run in the third on Greg Dobbs' two-out single, which drove home Shane Victorino, who had walked. Barajas scored the fourth run on Rowand's double-play ball in the fourth, and he scored again in the sixth on Rowand's two-out single up the middle. Barajas' 2-for-2 day raised his average more than 30 points, from .174 to .208. "It was definitely nice to put some quality at-bats together, trying to swing at pitches in my zone," Barajas said. "If I stay in my comfort zone, it's just a mind-set. When you play once every four or five days, sometimes you try to do too much to impress people. I'm just going up there now with a good approach." Geoff Geary couldn't preserve the shutout, giving up solo homers in the eighth to Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Matt Stairs. It made the game more interesting, until new Phils closer Brett Myers came on to get John McDonald to ground out -- thanks to a great diving play by second baseman Chase Utley -- to close the eighth. "I thought that ball was hit a lot harder than it was, because I didn't think Chase had a chance at it," Myers said. The Phils enjoyed their best homestand of the season, going 7-3 and scratching to within striking distance of second-place Atlanta, which hosts Philadelphhia next weekend. There is a confidence right now with this team, some players say. They feel it's been built over how well the Phillies have played the last 10 days. "We got back to .500, but the ultimate goal is to be a division leader," Victorino said. "But we have a long way to go before we do that. [We'll be OK] as long as we keep taking two out of three and three out of four. Beating [Toronto] two out of three was big for us. Fortunately, right now, we're making the plays. We haven't gone on that big win streak yet, but hopefully it's something that will happen in the future for us." As long as Eaton can continue giving the Phils quality starts -- whether he feels his mechanics are on or not.
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.