American League Game Summary - Toronto at New York|
(Tuesday, August 28th)
Final Score: New York 2, Toronto 1
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Phil Hughes pitched seven strong innings and
Rafael Soriano rebounded from a blown save Monday, as the New York Yankees
held off the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, in the second portion of a three-game
Ricky Romero (8-12) pitched well enough to get his first win since June 22,
but Toronto's offense was limited to four hits, a night after the Blue Jays
rallied for an 8-7 win in 11 innings.
Romero allowed five hits and the two runs over seven innings, while fanning
six batters, but lost his 11th straight decision over a 12-start span.
"I've been working hard all week, the guys, everyone has kind of been helping
me out through this," Romero said of his struggles. "I'm just going to build
off of this."
Hughes (13-11) fanned five and the AL East leaders got perfect innings out of
David Robertson and Soriano to win for third time in their last eight
Nick Swisher singled in a run in the third inning and Curtis Granderson lifted
a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The Blue Jays, who snapped an eight-game road skid on Monday, got a homer from
Adeiny Hechavarria in the fifth inning. It was the first long ball of his
major league career, but the Blue Jays lost for the eighth time in their last
Soriano gave up a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning Monday to Colby
Rasmus, but fanned a pair of batters a night later to notch his 34th save of
"I think it's important. Bounce backs are always important to me," Yankees
manager Joe Girardi said. "Every once in a while they're not going to have
that perfect day, and you move on."
Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki singled with one out in the third inning. Nix
advanced on Derek Jeter's fly ball to center field, then scored on Swisher's
line single up the middle.
Steve Pearce, who was acquired from Houston on Monday, walked to open the
fourth inning and went to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on Russell
Martin's groundout and came home on Granderson's fly ball to center field.
Hechavarria homered to right field with two outs in the next inning, but the
Blue Jays made a crucial baserunning mistake in the sixth. Rasmus and Edwin
Encarnacion walked to start the frame. With one out and runners on the
corners, Yunel Escobar hit a soft liner to second baseman Robinson Cano, who
made a leaping catch and then threw to third base to double off Rasmus.
Moises Sierra's two-out single in the seventh inning was Toronto's final
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista will undergo season-ending surgery on his
left wrist. The team made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, and said
Bautista will be ready for spring training ... Romero fell to 3-7 lifetime
against the Yankees ... The Blue Jays lost for the ninth time in the last 10
tries at Yankee Stadium ... With first baseman Mark Teixeira expected to be
out one or two weeks due to a strained left calf, the Yankees started Swisher
at first base and Pearce was the designated hitter ... Hughes has won his last
six home decisions ... Romero's skid is the longest in a single season in Blue
Jays history ... Rasmus is mired in a 3-for-45 slump.
08/29 02:19:12 ET