American League Game Summary - Toronto at New York|
(Thursday, August 22nd)
Final Score: New York 5, Toronto 3
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - New York has the Toronto Blue Jays' number at
At this point, the Bronx Bombers need all the help they can get.
Andy Pettitte tossed six innings of one-run ball and Curtis Granderson smacked
a solo homer in the Yankees' 5-3 win over the Blue Jays to sweep a four-game
New York has won 13 in a row and 22 of its past 24 meetings against its AL
East rivals from north of the border in the Bronx.
Pettitte (9-9) allowed four hits and three walks to pick up the win for the
Yankees, who are six games behind the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead and
3 1/2 back of the Oakland Athletics for the AL's second wild-card spot.
"We're making up ground, and that's what we need to continue to do," Yankees
manager Joe Girardi said. "We need to continue to win series like we've been
doing, and continue to pitch well and swing the bats. Obviously, each day
you're able to make up a little ground, it seems more attainable and that's
good for the guys in that room."
J.A. Happ (3-3) surrendered four runs on three hits and five walks over 5 1/3
frames for Toronto, which has dropped five consecutive contests.
This contest started after a rain delay of nearly 3 1/2 hours.
J.P. Arencibia led off the fifth with a homer to get the Blue Jays on the
board, but the Yankees plated two in the home half and three more in the sixth
to surge ahead.
Granderson's leadoff shot and a controversial Vernon Wells RBI fielder's
choice gave New York the lead in the fifth. Wells' flare to center field with
the bases loaded appeared to be caught by Rajai Davis, but umpires ruled it a
trap and Davis was able to throw to second for an out as Eduardo Nunez scored.
Three straight one-out walks in the sixth, two from Happ and one from Brad
Lincoln, loaded the bases for Nunez, who lined a two-run single to center. A
Chris Stewart RBI groundout made it 5-1.
"I just walked two guys in the sixth inning and cost us the ball game," Happ
noted. "I felt good making pitches, doing everything I could. I felt good
about the way the game was going. Some crazy stuff happened in this game that
I'm just not going to talk about."
A Munenori Kawasaki RBI single and Edwin Encarnacion run-scoring groundout cut
the deficit to 5-3 in the seventh. Boone Logan entered from the bullpen with
men on first and second, and struck out pinch-hitter Adam Lind to end the
Preston Claiborne tossed a scoreless eighth and David Robertson fired a 1-2-3
ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
The Yankees are 40-4 when scoring five-plus runs this season ... New York was
1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, while Toronto finished 3-for-10 with
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