Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5(10)
Travis Snider went from total frustration to utter elation.
Snider doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give
the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees on
The decisive hit came two at-bats after Snider struck out
swinging to leave the bases loaded, and responded by breaking his
bat over his thigh and angrily slamming the pieces into the dirt
around home plate.
”That wasn’t a great demonstration of professionalism,” Snider
said of his outburst. ”Sometimes as competitors our emotions get
the best of us. I’d like to call it a relief but it’s not one of
those things that you want to make a regular occurrence.”
The Blue Jays scored twice off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in
the ninth to tie it before winning it against Ivan Nova (1-2).
”That’s all the inspiration we need as players is to see what
we did in the ninth inning against Mariano,” Snider said. ”To be
able to give ourselves a chance, to go out there and just have that
shot, I’m very thankful for it.”
Edwin Encarnacion opened the 10th with a single. After Jayson
Nix and Yunel Escobar flied out, Snider drove a double to
right-center. Snider, who went 1 for 6, tossed his helmet away in
celebration as the winning run scored.
”We all saw the frustration,” Toronto manager John Farrell
said. ”But to his credit, he didn’t cash in the night.”
Jon Rauch (1-1) pitched one inning for the win as Toronto
snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time this
season when trailing after eight innings.
Jose Bautista hit his fourth homer for the Blue Jays, a solo
Mark Teixeira connected for a two-run shot and Curtis Granderson
also went deep for the Yankees, who lead the majors with 29 home
Rivera had converted all seven of his save opportunities this
”We got it to where we wanted to and we just didn’t hold onto
it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Escobar led off the ninth with a double to center, took third on
a grounder and scored on a wild pitch that was also ball four to
”I held the ball too long,” Rivera said. ”I wanted to go away
and it was way too away and ended up being a wild pitch. I was
upset with that one.”
Adam Lind followed with a single, putting runners on the corners
for John McDonald, who drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt
up the first-base line. Teixeira charged the ball and flipped to
catcher Russell Martin, but it was too late to get the sliding
”It’s just a great play,” Teixeira said. ”That’s why you run
it because when it’s run well, it’s almost impossible to defend. I
thought there might have been a chance to get him so I gave it a
quick flip but it was a good play.”
Jose Molina followed with a single, loading the bases for Corey
Patterson, who grounded into a double play.
The rally snapped Rivera’s streak of 17 1-3 scoreless innings in
April, a run that stretched back to April 30, 2009.
”That’s the thing about Mo, he’s not perfect but he’s close to
it,” Teixeira said.
Bautista got the Blue Jays started with a drive off A.J. Burnett
in the first, but the Yankees answered with a two-run second. Nick
Swisher and Eric Chavez opened the inning with walks, Jorge Posada
hit an RBI single and a second run scored on Martin’s double-play
Toronto tied it in the third, taking advantage of a throwing
error by Burnett. Bautista drew a one-out walk, took second on a
wild pitch, then escaped from a rundown and advanced to third after
Jeter couldn’t handle Burnett’s throw on Lind’s comebacker. Aaron
Hill followed with a sacrifice fly.
After Granderson singled to open the sixth, Teixeira followed
with a drive to center.
Toronto got one back in the bottom half. Hill singled and stole
second but had to leave with tightness in his right hamstring, with
John McDonald coming on to run. Jose Molina flied out and Corey
Patterson walked before Encarnacion hit an RBI double.
Burnett left after walking Nix to load the bases, but David
Robertson fanned Escobar and Snider to escape the jam.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was held out of the
starting lineup for the second straight game because of a sore left
side. Rodriguez said he expects to return Wednesday.
NOTES: New York also leads the majors in multihomer games (10).
… Toronto activated RHP Frank Francisco (right shoulder) off the
15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jesse Litsch to Triple-A Las
Vegas. … Yankees RHP Carlos Silva threw 40 pitches during his
second bullpen session at New York’s spring training complex in
Florida and could face hitters early next week. Silva, released by
the Chicago Cubs in spring training, agreed to a minor league deal
with New York on April 9. … Yankees C Francisco Cervelli, coming
back from a broken left foot, caught Silva. Cervelli is playing in
extended spring training games.