Jays lose yet again in Bronx
NEW YORK—Brian McCann hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and later added a bases-loaded triple to help the N.Y. Yankees to a 7-3 win over the first-place Toronto Blue Jays last night.
The Yankees beat Mark Buehrle for the ninth-straight time and also handed the Jays their 15th loss in a row in the Bronx.
“They definitely have our number.”
Rookie Chase Whitley (3-0) remained unbeaten in seven starts since making his big-league debut this season.
Buehrle (10-4) was trying to tie Yankees’ ace Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in the majors. But he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings in losing his third-straight start overall.
Buehrle is 1-11 lifetime against the Yankees, with his lone win coming in 2004 while with the Chicago White Sox.
McCann tied his career high with five RBIs.
The Yankees have taken the first two in a three-game series against Toronto.
McCann’s third big-league triple—and first since 2009 with Atlanta—came off left-hander Brett Cecil, who had been brought in to face pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki with the Jays down 3-2 in the seventh.
Cecil walked Suzuki with the bases loaded to force in a run before McCann put the game safely out of reach.
McCann was hitting .174 for June before his homer in the fourth, which was measured at 348 feet—not far enough to clear most fences in the majors.
“I gave up a flyball to right field that’s a two-run homer and we lose the game,” noted Buehrle.
“Same thing as yesterday [Tuesday]—a little 318-foot flyball that ends up going out.
“It’s frustrating when you come out and battle, tonight and last night, and pretty much it’s two losses on that short porch in right field,” he lamented.
“I thought [Buehrle] did a good job,” Gibbons said.
“McCann got him for the two-run homer like Gardner did last night [Tuesday].”
McCann helped the Yankees respond after the Jays took a 2-1 lead on two-out RBI singles by Colby Rasmus and Dioner Navarro in the top half.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista had an RBI double in the eighth for his 1,000th career hit.
Elsewhere in the AL, Boston edged Minnesota 2-1 (10 innings), Kansas City nipped Detroit 2-1, Baltimore blanked Tampa Bay 2-0, and Oakland doubled Texas 4-2.
L.A. at Cleveland was rained out.