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Philadelphia Phillies Cody Asche acknowledges the fans after his grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Phillies fall to Blue Jays in 10 innings

PHILADELPHIA -- A breakout game by Cody Asche still wasn't enough to save the Phillies.

Despite Asche's grand slam that tied the score at 5 in the sixth inning, the Phillies suffered a 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in 10 innings Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

In the 10th inning, Phillies lefthander Antonio Bastardo got into immediate trouble by allowing singles to Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista, putting runners on the corners with no outs.

After Edwin Encarnacion popped up, Toronto took a 6-5 lead on a sacrifice fly to center by Juan Francisco. It would have taken a strong effort by centerfielder Ben Revere, but his throw was well off course.

Asche saved another run with a stab of a hard-hit Erik Kratz grounder and a strong throw to beat the former Phillie to first for the final out.

"I look at this as a possibly as breakout game for him" manager Ryne Sandberg said of Ashe. "He played some defense, swung the bat well and he can build on that and feel good about that."

On opening day, Asche had a memorable game before fading from the offense, but the Phillies third baseman has fought through his struggles and is certainly on the rebound this month.

Asche, who was hitting as low as .191 on April 23, went 4 for 4 with four RBIs on Tuesday. The teams will play two in Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday.

In four games this month, Asche is 7 for 14 with two home runs and five RBIs.

In the Phillies' opening-day 14-10 win over Texas, Asche went 3 for 4 with four runs, a home run and two RBIs.

After that, he failed to have a multi-hit game until Friday night when he had two hits in a 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Now he seems to have found his stroke; he has raised his average to .257.

The Phillies hadn't scored in 21 consecutive innings before they tied the score with five runs in the sixth.

The drought ended with Ryan Howard's RBI single to center, putting runners on first and second. After starter Drew Hutchinson recorded two outs, John Mayberry Jr. pinch-hit for the struggling Freddy Galvis and drew a walk.

Galvis was 0 for 2 before being lifted and is now hitting .053 (2 for 38). He started for the second straight game for Jimmy Rollins, who tweaked his groin on Sunday and is listed as day-to-day. (Rollins pinch-hit in the ninth inning and grounded out.)

That brought up Asche, who hit his first career grand slam, to right field.

The Phillies bailed out Cole Hamels, who had his third subpar start since beginning his season April 23 after returning from biceps tendinitis. Hamels allowed five runs (all earned). He surrendered 10 hits, including two home runs in six innings. His ERA is 7.02.

Encarnacion crushed a hanging Hamels change-up for a solo home run to left field in the second inning.

Toronto extended the lead to 4-0 in the fourth. Francisco knocked in the second run on a fielder's choice and after Kratz popped up for the second out, Colby Rasmus drilled a two-run homer to right-center field.

In the sixth, Steve Tolleson hit an RBI double but then got himself in a rundown. There was only one problem: Nobody was standing on second base for catcher Carlos Ruiz to throw the ball to.

After that play, the Phillies fought back until Toronto scored the lead run in the 10th inning,

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