(Friday, August 29)
Final Score: New York 6, Toronto 3
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning that powered the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Chris Capuano (2-3) started Friday’s series opener for New York and earned his first win with the club. The veteran lefty allowed three runs — two earned — on eight hits and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-9) held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, but left without recording an out in the seventh.
Brian McCann opened the decisive frame with a double and Carlos Beltran followed with a walk. McCann came around on Brett Gardner’s double to right field, tying the game at 1-1, and an errant throw by Steve Tolleson on the relay to third base allowed Beltran to score the go-ahead run.
An infield single by Ichiro Suzuki ended the outing for Buehrle, who fell to 1-13 in his career against the Yankees. He has lost 11 consecutive decisions dating back to 2004.
New York went up 3-1 when catcher Dioner Navarro tied to pick Gardner off at third and fired his throw into left field. Ellsbury then hit a bullet to right off Aaron Loup.
Toronto got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh. Kevin Pillar, who made a spectacular diving catch to end the fourth, hit an RBI double and Melky Cabrera supplied a sacrifice fly off Adam Warren after Jose Reyes reached on a Derek Jeter throwing error.
Warren then hit Jose Bautista with a pitch, but got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to right to end the inning.
Chase Headley made it 6-3 with a home run to right-center field to begin the ninth.
David Robertson recorded the final four outs for his 35th save of the season.
Bautista homered in a third straight game for the Blue Jays. He belted a Capuano pitch to the second deck in left in the fourth.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will head back to New York with soreness in his pitching arm. He has been trying to return from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow without undergoing Tommy John surgery.
|Jacoby Ellsbury CF||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||0||1||.286|
|Derek Jeter SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Martin Prado 3B-2B||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.226|
|Brian McCann C||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.236|
|Carlos Beltran DH||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||.244|
|Brett Gardner LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||1||.268|
|Ichiro Suzuki RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Stephen Drew 2B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.173|
|Chase Headley PH-3B||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.248|
|Jose Reyes SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Melky Cabrera LF||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Jose Bautista RF||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.283|
|Edwin Encarnacion 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Dioner Navarro C||4||0||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Danny Valencia 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Steve Tolleson 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Munenori Kawasaki PH-2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Colby Rasmus DH||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Kevin Pillar CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
E_D.Jeter, B.Gardner, D.Navarro, S.Tolleson. LOB_NY Yankees 7, Toronto 8. 2B_B.McCann, B.Gardner, S.Drew, D.Navarro, C.Rasmus, K.Pillar. 3B_J.Ellsbury. HR_J.Ellsbury (14) off A.Loup, C.Headley (3) off D.McGowan, J.Bautista (27) off C.Capuano. SF_M.Cabrera. GIDP_K.Pillar. DP_NY Yankees 1 (M.Prado, S.Drew and M.Teixeira).
|Chris Capuano (W 2-3)||6.1||8||3||2||1||4||1||106-73||4.24|
|Adam Warren (H 20)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||26-16||3.39|
|David Robertson (S 35)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||12-8||2.98|
|Mark Buehrle (L 11-9)||6.0||7||4||4||1||4||0||92-58||3.50|
M.Buehrle pitched to 4 batters in the 7th. J.Outman pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
HBP_by A.Warren (J.Bautista).
Umpires_Home,Mike Everitt; First, Bill Miller; Second, Chad Fairchild; Third, Ben May.