“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going to leave the ballpark”, Beltran said. “It’s a good feeling being able to come off the bench and come through and help the team win”. The Bronx Bombers pounded out 13 hits with Carlos Beltran connecting on a three run homer while Chase Headley doubled in a run and scored. “That’s all I’ve got”.
The winning pitcher was Ivan Nova, who improves to 5-4.
The last time the Jays had a day off, they were about to start a stretch of 10 straight games at home and a sequence of 16 of 19 at the Rogers Centre.
Such behaviour is infuriating to some who say they’ve stuck with the team through thick and thin. Price pitches only every five days or so, so he can not be a single-handed saviour, but this is how the Jays’ besotted fans are treating him, and given his transparent passion for the cause on and off the field, it is hard to blame them.
Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances pitched the eighth and left-hander Andrew Miller worked the ninth to pick up his 26th save of the season.
John Gibbons, the Toronto manager, was asked before Friday’s game if this series felt any different than last weekend’s, going in as the hunted rather than the hunted.
Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? “That was a great, great at-bat”.
One of the more frustrating things in baseball over the past few years has been watching the perpetually okay Toronto Blue Jays continue to be nothing more than just okay, because in a sports landscape populated by mountebanks who preach the virtues of losing, they’ve actively been trying to win, which shouldn’t stand out, and does.
Manager Joe Girardi said he was pleased to see the Yankees pay tribute to A-Rod’s achievement. “It’s exciting. We knew it was going to be a tough series”.
After winning their 10th straight game, the Toronto Blue Jays are a first-place team. He was in control this time, too, in the opener of a three-game set before the Yankees scored four times. 6, 7 and 8 in its 11-game win streak. Blue Jays relievers hadn’t allowed a run since the ninth inning of an August. 2 win over Kansas City. It nearly appeared as if he might blow it again tonight – runners on second and third, and a wild pitch – but Miller got his most critical save of the season, and to boot the Yankees picked up their much-needed and biggest win of the season.
After a Josh Donaldson single, Jose Bautista ripped a line drive double, scoring Tulowitzki and extending the Blue Jays lead to 2-0.
Former Yankees RHP Joba Chamberlain exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and was granted his release by Toronto’s Triple-A team in Buffalo.
Yankees stars Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira haven’t fared well against him with averages of.
Edwin Encarnacion, after missing the previous four games nursing a sore left middle finger, then lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home the third Toronto run. Encarnacion had led off with a single off the wall in right and had taken second base on Carrera’s two-out single.NOTES: Toronto 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list Friday and LHP David Price was added to the 25-man roster. Tanaka allowed solo home runs to Donaldson and Bautista in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat.
RHP Sonny Gray (back spasms) did not make his scheduled start Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
He swung through two high fastballs, took another for a ball and then slammed a fourth straight 97-mph pitch to right-center for his 11th homer.