Rare series win for Jays in Bronx
NEW YORK—Jose Bautista decided it was time to take charge—not with his bat but with his feet.
The Toronto slugger stole second base without a throw with two outs in the ninth inning and then scored when Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single, lifting the Blue Jays over the N.Y. Yankees 5-4 yesterday for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years.
“He went to the plate and I had the easiest stolen base.
“I got in scoring position early in the at-bat for Dioner,” Bautista added.
Robertson (1-3) blamed himself for letting Bautista run just ahead of Navarro’s liner to centre.
“I just let him slip. I didn’t think he’d be going,” Robertson admitted.
“I just didn’t have my sharp stuff.”
After snapping a 17-game skid at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Toronto did not relent in the humidity even when it wasted three leads.
The Jays won for the seventh time in 10 games following the all-star break—the same record as the Yankees.
But their first series win in New York against the AL East rival since Aug. 27-29, 2012 sent Toronto to Boston with a one-game lead over the Yankees for the second AL wild card.
“Within our team, it’s more of a statement that we won’t accept losing to anybody because we are known as a team that doesn’t give up and always battles and tries to come back from any game that we’re in,” Bautista noted.
Aaron Sanchez (1-0) gave up Carlos Beltran’s tying RBI hit in the eighth.
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Munenori Kawasaki had put Toronto ahead with a sacrifice fly that followed Dellin Betances’ two-base error on a pick-off attempt.
“My cleat got stuck,” Betances said. “As soon as that happened, I had a feeling I was going to throw it away.”
Juan Francisco homered off Shane Greene leading off the fifth to put Toronto up 2-0.
But Chase Headley hit his first homer with the Yankees—a drive off J.A. Happ.
Then two pitches later, Francisco Cervelli hit his first homer in 15 months to tie it in the sixth.
Elswhere in the AL, Minnesota beat Chicago 4-3, Boston edged Tampa Bay 3-2, Cleveland dumped Kansas City 10-3, L.A. nipped Detroit 2-1, Baltimore shaded Seattle 3-2 (10), and Oakland bounced Texas 9-3.