New York Yankees Recap: Blue Jays Blank Yanks 4-0 In Series Finale
Russell Martin‘s three-run home run off Andrew Bailey in the seventh inning helped power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays (87-65) took two out of three games in the series against the Yankees (83-68), and finished the year 13-6 versus New York. The Yankees now trail Toronto by 3.5 games in the AL East with 11 games left in the regular season.
Toronto starter Marcus Stroman hurled seven shutout innings en route to his third win of the season. Stroman gave up five hits and struck out five Yankees hitters on the night.
There was no score until the bottom of the sixth, when Toronto took a 1-0 lead. Kevin Pillar drove in the game’s first run with a two-out RBI single to center field on the first pitch from Yankees rookie reliever Caleb Cotham. Cotham came on in relief of fellow rookie James Pazos, who gave up his own two-out hit to Ryan Goins, the batter prior to Pillar.
A Yankee rally developed in the seventh inning, when the Bombers had runners on first and second after a walk to Carlos Beltran and a base hit by Chase Headley. Dustin Ackley came to the plate and hit a hard line drive to center field, but it was caught by Pillar to end the inning.
Brett Cecil and Roberto Osuna came out of the bullpen for Toronto and helped shut the door on the Yankees in the final two innings.
In his first start since September 12, Ivan Nova lasted 5.2 innings, surrendering one run on four hits while striking out six. Nova’s record drops to 6-9 on the year.
Prior to the game, both teams participated in a moment of silence for legendary Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, who passed away on Tuesday. The Yankees wore No. 8 patches on the sleeves of their jerseys to honor Berra. The patches will remain on the uniform for the rest of the season.
Tomorrow night, the Yankees will head home to begin a four game series with the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. New York will send Michael Pineda (11-8, 4.10 ERA) to the hill against Chris Sale (12-10, 3.47 ERA) for Chicago.
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