Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2
September, 2, 2011
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees are back in first place for the firsts time since Aug. 22. With Boston getting steamrolled by the Rangers, the Yankees reclaimed first with their 3-2 win against Toronto on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are one game ahead of Boston in the loss column.
ALL I DO IS WIN: That should be the song Ivan Nova warms up to before games. He posted his 11th straight win Friday night, the third-longest streak by a Yankees rookie starting pitcher. Nova is now undefeated in his last 12 starts and hasn't lose since June 3. Yes, that will be three months exactly, once midnight strikes.
While Nova started the game off on the wrong foot -- he allowed a walk, two singles and a sacrifice fly to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead just four batters in -- he gave up just one hit over the next six innings. He's now 15-4 and the Yankees are 18-5 in games in which he has started.
WITH A BAT AND GLOVE: Brett Gardner paced the Yankees with great plays at the plate and in the field. In the first inning, with the Blue Jays up 2-0, Gardner made a diving leap to his right to grab what would have been a run-scoring double and start a double play to end the inning.
At the plate, Gardner belted a two-run homer in the third inning to tie the score at 2-2 and give the Yankees their first hit of the night. The blast marked Gardner's sixth home run of the season and gave him 34 RBIs on the year. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base after going just 2-for-20 on the Yankees' road trip.
RED HOT: Robinson Cano delivered the game-winning RBI with a single to center that scored Derek Jeter and gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Cano is 11-for-31 in his last eight games (.355).
UP NEXT: Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.63 ERA) will try to snap a five-game winless streak and three-game losing streak as he takes the ball against Toronto's Ricky Romero (13-9, 2.84 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.