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Schilling, Phillies Fly In SkyDome

Returning to SkyDome for the first time since Philadelphia lost the deciding sixth game of the 1993 World Series was no big deal for pitcher Curt Schilling.

"I'm the only player left from the Phillies team in '93, but there's not a whole lot of memories coming back here," Schilling said after the Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night.

"These are two very different teams now. It's just good to get the win. We're a young ballclub."

Philadelphia took an 8-5 lead in the ninth, scoring two runs on Bobby Abreu's RBI single and right fielder Shawn Green's throwing error. Green nearly made up for the costly error in the bottom of the inning, hitting a two-run homer off Mark Leiter.

"It's not so much us vs. them because of '93," Green said. "We just want to win regardless of '93."

Doug Glanville, who leads the NL with 26 multi-hit games, put the Phillies in front 6-5 with an RBI single in the eighth. Philadelphia tied it earlier in the inning on Alex Arias' RBI fielder's choice.

"We're a comeback type of team. We battle and we stay in because we can't afford to stay back," Glanville said. "I remember watching the '93 World Series, but even though I wasn't on the team I was rooting for the Phillies."

Tyler Green (4-4) won for the first time in five starts. He gave up five runs on seven hits and five walks in seven innings. Leiter pitched the final two innings for his 11th save.

The Phillies scored two runs in the first off of Blue Jays starter Pat Hentgen. Glanville led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout, and Scott Rolen followed with an RBI single. Rico Brogna added an RBI double off the glove of left fielder Jose Canseco.

After Toronto's Mike Stanley homered in the second to make it 2-1, the Blue Jays took a 4-2 lead in the fourth on Kevin Brown's two-run double and a throwing error by Phillies first baseman Gregg Jefferies.

Hentgen retired 10 straight before Jefferies led off the sixth with a double. Rolen, who had three hits and two RBIs, followed with an RBI single and Abreu tied it at 4 with an RBI single.

Carlos Deglado put the Blue Jays in front 5-4 in the seventh with an RBI single.

Bill Risley (0-3) took the loss after loading the bases in the eighth. In one-third of an inning, Risley gave up two earned runs on two hits and a walk.

Ed Sprague, one of three remaining Blue Jays from the '93 Series, isn't impressed with interleague baseball.

"Interleague's a joke. There's a handful of matchups that make sense but other than that it's brutal," Sprague said. "The fans don't care either. We didn't draw any more fans than we usually do."

A crowd of 31,176 attended the game at SkyDome, well below the 51,000 capacity.

Notes: Glanville has 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.385). ... The Blue Jays have played the Phillies more times (91) than any team during their 21 years of spring training at Dunedin, Fla. ... Last year, the Blue Jays compiled a 4-11 record in interleague play, while the Phillies went 5-10. ... Phillies shortstop Desi Relaford missed his second straight game because of a strained left groin. ... Rolen has 15 RBIs in his last nine games.

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