American League Game Summary - New York at Toronto|
(Thursday, September 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 6, New York 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Anthony Gose and Adam Lind belted homers to
back seven strong innings from Todd Redmond as the Toronto Blue Jays posted a
6-2 victory over the spiraling New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.
Gose finished a triple shy of the cycle, while Lind's three-run blast
highlighted a 2-for-4 night that helped Toronto take the rubber match of this
three-game set. Jose Reyes also had two hits, including an RBI double.
Redmond (4-2) did his part on the mound, limiting New York's struggling
offense to a run on four hits while striking out seven.
"He competes, he doesn't give in, nothing rattles him," Jays manager John
Gibbons said of Redmond.
New York scored in just three of 27 innings in this series and has managed
just 13 runs in dropping five of six, a slide that has damaged its hopes for
obtaining one of the AL's wild card berths. The Yankees trail Tampa Bay and
Texas by 3 1/2 games for the two available spots
"It's tough," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They're all tough at this
point. We haven't swung the bats that well for the last week."
The Yankees did receive a solo homer from Curtis Granderson, with Robinson
Cano going 2-for-4 with a double in the setback.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-12) lost his fifth consecutive decision after surrendering
three runs on eight hits over six innings.
Kuroda got inning-ending double plays to work out of jams in each of the
opening two frames, but couldn't avoid trouble when the Blue Jays threatened
again in the third.
Gose led off with a single and Reyes followed with a double into the gap in
left center to bring him home with the game's initial run. A sacrifice bunt
from Munenori Kawasaki and Brett Lawrie's grounder to third plated Reyes for a
Redmond, meanwhile, held the Yankees in check by yielding just three hits over
his first five innings before Granderson sent a fastball into the right-field
seats in the sixth to get New York on the board.
Gose restored Toronto's two-run edge in the bottom of the inning, though,
drilling a Kuroda sinker over the wall in right for his third career home run.
Kuroda was removed in favor of Joba Chamberlain to begin the bottom of the
seventh, when the Blue Jays put the contest out of reach courtesy of Lind.
After Kawasaki drew a walk and Lawrie singled to put two men on, the first
baseman launched a towering homer into the second deck to increase the lead to
The Yankees were able to muster a mild rally in the ninth, loading the bases
with one out on a pair of walks around a Cano single. That prompted Toronto
manager John Gibbons to summon closer Casey Janssen into the game.
Janssen got Vernon Wells to ground out that knocked in New York's second run,
then retired Lyle Overbay to record his 32nd save of the season.
Redmond improved to 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) at
home ... Kuroda fell to 4-10 on the road and is now winless in his last seven
starts overall ... New York's Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 and has just one hit
in his last 21 at-bats ... Toronto starters have now allowed three earned runs
or less in seven straight games ... The game concluded the season series
between the division rivals, with the Yankees taking 14 of the 19 meetings.
09/20 02:18:53 ET