Lind homers as Blue Jays beat Yankees 6-2
The Toronto Blue Jays were beaten badly by the New York Yankees at times this season.
With September winding down, they got some revenge.
Adam Lind hit a three-run homer and the last-place Blue Jays damaged New York's fading playoff hopes with a 6-2 victory Thursday night.
Toronto dropped 12 of its first 13 games against New York this season, and then managed to win four of the last six in the season series.
''The way the year has gone here, we're looking for some satisfaction and two out of three against them is nice,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''Especially the way they've been beating us like a drum all year long. We like to inflict our own version of pain somehow.''
New York, which dropped 3 1/2 games back for the second AL wild-card berth, lost two of three in Toronto while scoring just six runs and hitting .198 (19 for 96). The Yankees have lost five of six overall.
''It's frustrating,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''We haven't swung the bats that well for the last week.''
Rookie Todd Redmond (4-2) stymied New York in this one, giving up one run and four hits in a career-high seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk.
Gibbons said Redmond is ''doing a tremendous job.''
''He's got strikeout ability,'' Gibbons said. ''He competes. He doesn't give in, nothing rattles him.''
Claimed off waivers from Baltimore near the end of March, Redmond has made 12 starts for the Blue Jays. He said getting a chance to be a regular part of a rotation is ''a dream come true.''
''I knew I was capable of doing it,'' Redmond said. ''I've gone through the minors and I got the chance and now I'm just trying to go with it.''
Yankees third baseman Mark Reynolds said Redmond's three-quarters delivery makes his pitches seem quicker than they are.
''He kind of short-arms the ball and it makes his 92, 93 play up a little bit,'' he said. ''He was locating well, he threw a couple of sidearm pitches and when you're not really expecting it, it kind of freezes you a little bit.''
Hiroki Kuroda lost his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs in the third inning and a solo home run to Anthony Gose in the sixth. Lind connected in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain.
In danger of missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons, the Yankees return home for a six-game homestand against San Francisco and Tampa Bay - what could be Mariano Rivera's final games in the Bronx - then close with a three-game interleague series at Houston.
''We've got to run the table, there's no way around it,'' Reynolds said. ''We've got some tough games coming up. The Giants have good pitching, Tampa's got good pitching. We've got to have a good homestand and hopefully go into Houston with a chance.''
The Yankees opened this 10-game road trip by taking three of four from Baltimore but were swept in Boston last weekend before losing the series to Toronto.
''We ran into the Red Sox wave and we haven't recovered,'' Alex Rodriguez said.
Kuroda also has stumbled of late: He is 0-5 with a 6.37 ERA in his last seven outings after going 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA through Aug. 12.
Kuroda allowed eight hits in six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Sergio Santos pitched the eighth but the Blue Jays needed three relievers to get through the ninth, when Casey Janssen relieved with the bases loaded and one out, then finished for his 32nd save in 34 chances.
Jose Reyes put Toronto ahead with an RBI double in the third and scored on Brett Lawrie's grounder.
Curtis Granderson went deep in the sixth for the Yankees' first home run since Brendan Ryan connected against Boston's John Lackey last Friday, but Toronto made it 3-1 in the bottom half on a drive by Gose, who had three hits.
Chamberlain allowed his eighth home run - his career high as a reliever. He relieved to start the seventh, walked Munenori Kawasaki, gave up a single to Lawrie and then allowed Lind's drive into the second deck.
''I let my team down and that's the frustrating part, especially at this time of year,'' Chamberlain said.
New York had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth when Janssen relieved. Vernon Wells hit an RBI grounder and Lyle Overbay grounded out.
Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with a walk and has just one hit in his past 22 at-bats.
''I think you just keep running him out there,'' Girardi said.
NOTES: A letter filed with the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Thursday said Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte's deposition is scheduled for Tuesday in New York in Brian McNamee's lawsuit against Roger Clemens. Clemens has asked that Pettitte's deposition be postponed because one of Clemens' lawyers is not available. ... Lind's home run was his 22nd. He has six homers and 14 RBIs in 15 games this month. ... Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion underwent surgery on his left wrist. ... The Blue Jays honored Rivera with a traditional Inuit carving and made a $10,000 donation to Rivera's charitable foundation. ... Comedian Sarah Silverman threw out the ceremonial first pitch.