American League Game Summary - New York at Toronto|
(Saturday, September 29th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, New York 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rajai Davis went 3-for-4 with a solo home run
and an RBI single, and the Toronto Blue Jays held the New York Yankees
scoreless after the first inning to earn a 3-2 victory at Rogers Centre.
The Yankees, who have lost two of the first three in this four-game set,
fell into a tie with Baltimore atop the AL East with four games remaining. The
Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, Saturday night.
New York's magic number to clinch a playoff berth remains at two. After
Sunday's series finale, the Yankees will host the Red Sox for their final
three games of the regular season.
Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero exited after the third inning with a knee
injury, and five Blue Jays relievers combined to allow only three hits and two
walks to carry the club to its fourth win in six games.
Shawn Hill (1-0) hurled three hitless innings to earn the win.
"An outstanding job by the bullpen today," Blue Jays manager John Farrell
commented. "Ricky was suffering from some discomfort in that left kneecap
area, just above it, where the quadricep attaches to it."
Andy Pettitte (5-4), who tossed 11 scoreless frames in his previous two starts
off the disabled list, surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks
over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
"We had plenty of opportunities today to get some runs. We just didn't get it
done," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees pushed two across in the first frame before their bats went quiet.
Davis golfed a 3-2 slider over the left-field wall in the home first and came
up with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth. The speedster hit a
chopper down the third-base line and beat out Alex Rodriguez's throw to knock
in the tying run in Jeff Mathis, who led off the inning with a double.
The Blue Jays chased Pettitte in the sixth when Mathis flew out to deep center
field with two on. Yunel Escobar advanced to third on the flyout, and Adeiny
Hechavarria greeted Joba Chamberlain with a double off the right-field wall.
Escobar scored easily on the play to put Toronto ahead, 3-2, though Yan Gomes
was thrown out after making a wide turn at third base.
Brad Lincoln and Aaron Loup combined to throw a scoreless seventh before Steve
Delabar survived Gomes' error in the eighth.
Casey Janssen worked around a two-out single in the ninth to pick up his 21st
save of the season.
Early on, Romero loaded the bases by giving up two singles and a walk to start
the game, and sacrifice flies from Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson gave
the Yankees the lead.
New York again filled the bags with no outs in the third, but came up empty as
Granderson popped out, Andruw Jones swung through a payoff pitch and Eduardo
Nunez lined out sharply to second.
Romero did not make it out of the dugout for the fourth and was charged with
two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three.
The Yankees went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and had two
runners thrown out trying to steal second base ... The Blue Jays had lost
Romero's previous seven starts against New York ... Romero, Toronto's Opening
Day starter, set career highs in ERA (5.77), WHIP (1.67) and walks (105) over
32 starts ... Davis, who went 4-for-4 on Friday, ended a string of seven
consecutive hits with a strikeout in the seventh inning ... Cano, one day
after taking a pitch off his left hand, had two of New York's nine hits ...
Derek Jeter began the game as New York's designated hitter, but replaced Nunez
at shortstop in the sixth inning.
09/29 22:04:53 ET