With pitchers going down left and right for the Toronto Blue Jays they needed some one to step up and Former Moose Jaw Miller Express pitcher Scott Richmond did just that Wednesday night helping the Jays to a 7-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Richmond, who had reportedly been in manager Cito Gaston's dog house after going 0-3 with a 5.81 ERA in his previous five starts, pitched eight innings while striking out a career high 11 and allowing just five hits.  Richmond also retired the last 13 batters he faced.

The Jays, who have been hit by the injury bug on the pitching side with ace Roy Halladay and closer Scott Downs both going on the 15 day disabled list, still sit just five games behind first-place Boston in the tough AL East.

The Jays will look to sweep the Phillies on Thursday before heading to Washington for a three game set with the Nationals.