Tulowitzki homers in debut for Blue Jays

Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:32am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Troy Tulowitzki was greeted by a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate for the first time as a Toronto Blue Jay in the first inning on Wednesday.

After striking out in his first at-bat, the team's new shortstop gave the Rogers Centre crowd plenty to cheer about with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs in the Blue Jays' 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies, who are 9-2 since the All-Star break, had their five-game winning streak ended.

Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer in the third inning to snap a 0-for-21 hitless streak that he brought with him after the Rockies traded him to the Blue Jays as part of a six-player deal Tuesday. Shortstop Jose Reyes went to Colorado in the swap.

"The ovation from the crowd that first at-bat was obviously special," Tulowitzki said. "I think it made my at-bat that much harder. I settled down. It was nice to give us the lead and win a game.

"I was nervous going into the game, no doubt about it. First time I wore a different uniform. Looking down and seeing blue was a little bit different for me."

Toronto right-hander R.A. Dickey (5-10) allowed seven hits and two unearned runs in eight innings for his second consecutive win.

"He's a perennial All-Star, you kind of know what you're getting," Dickey said of Tulowitzki. "There was a great play that he made, a fantastic play (in the third).

"The offense, you know that's what he's capable of doing. To have a double-edged knife like that, it's nice to turn around and look and see that."   Continued...

Jul 29, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double against Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports