Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/17/12

TORONTO - With just four wins thus far in June, the next few weeks could determine whether the Philadelphia Phillies are buyers or sellers as the trade deadline at the end of July approaches.

Colby Rasmus hit a home run and had three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-32) completed a sweep of the visiting Phillies with a 6-2 win on Sunday.

The Phillies are heading home for a day off with a 4-12 record this month that dropped their record to six games below .500 at 31-37.

"We're on a stretch here where we've got to come out and we've got to start playing better and win some games. I think that would kind of dictate the things we do," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. "If we get much further behind - we're already behind, we can't afford to get further but I think those are decisions that will be made."

Rasmus also brought in Jeff Mathis for Toronto's last run of the afternoon in the seventh inning, but an error was assessed on the play when right fielder Hunter Pence bobbled the ball so no RBI was awarded.

"To get a sweep is a positive thing," said Rasmus. Rasmus has seven home runs in the last 25 games since making some adjustments to his swing and is hitting .321 over that stretch.

"I hope I would get back to being myself and driving the baseball and having fun and taking that approach up there against those pitchers," he said.

Making his first start of the season since getting called up from Class AAA Las Vegas, Brett Cecil (1-0) picked up the win by going five innings and giving up just two solo home runs while striking out five. Luis Perez came on in relief of Cecil and pitched three innings, and Jason Frasor worked the ninth.

Cecil looked like a completely different person from last season. Since the end of last season, he's dropped upwards of 40 pounds.

"The first-inning jitters, first-game jitters are out of the way," said Cecil who admitted he had a bit of difficulty staying calm in the early innings. "Now I'm just looking to build off of this one."

Kyle Kendrick's struggles continue for the Phillies. Kendrick (2-7) came into the game having surrendered 11 earned runs in his last two starts. It got no better on Sunday as Kendrick gave up six runs, five of which were earned, in 6 1/3 innings.

"I feel like I pitched a lot better than my numbers show but it's the way this game goes," admitted Kendrick. "A couple mistakes here they hit. It's a pretty good hitting team over there -- got to give them some credit."

Philadelphia has now lost three games in a row while Toronto's won three straight. The Phillies remain nine games back of the division-leading Washington Nationals and are still at a loss as to how they got in this position.

"I don't think it's the lack of caring. Everybody gets to the ballpark early. Everybody does their work and some days it just doesn't work out," said Jim Thome. "Hopefully as we go forward we can turn this thing around and bring some positive baseball back to Philly because everybody wants us there to play well."

Toronto got to Kendrick right away. On the very first pitch of the game, leadoff man Brett Lawrie slammed a line drive to deep center field for a double. Rasmus followed by hitting a 3-1 pitch to almost the exact same spot, driving in Lawrie.

Rasmus later drove in Lawrie for the second time in the game on his 10th home run of the season. His shot came when he drove the first pitch he saw on his at-bat in the fifth inning into the second deck at Rogers Centre.

Toronto's other run came in the fourth inning when Rajai Davis, who drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday's game, singled to center, which brought around Yunel Escobar from second.

After spotting the Jays the two runs in the first, the Phillies closed the gap in the second and then tied it in the third with a pair of leadoff home runs in each inning.

Thome knocked his fourth of the season on a full count to right field in the second inning, and John Mayberry Jr. led off the third by taking a 1-1 pitch from Cecil out to left.

Notes: Carlos Ruiz got the start at catcher for Philadelphia after missing Saturday afternoon's game with a strained oblique muscle that he suffered in Friday night's loss to Toronto. ... Thome's homer was his 100th as a Phillie. He's the fourth player in MLB history to have 100 homers with three different teams. ... The Blue Jays marked Father's Day by flying in the fathers of 13 team members for the game. ... Announced attendance was 45,060 - the second sellout of the season. Philadelphia is off Monday while the Jays head to Milwaukee to open a series with the Brewers. Randy Wolf is scheduled to go for the Brewers while the Jays are expected to go with Henderson Alvarez.

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