Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3
August, 22, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Big Game Andy came up huge for the Bronx Bombers.
Andy Pettitte threw six solid innings of one-run ball, enabling the Yankees to complete a four-game sweep of the Blue Jays with a 5-3 win Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees (68-59) have won five straight games, and moved within 3.5 games of idle Tampa Bay and Oakland in the wild-card standings. New York has beaten Toronto 13 straight times in the Bronx and is 12-1 against the Blue Jays this season.
Pettitte (9-9), who allowed just four hits, has given up just two earned runs in his past three starts -- and emerged victorious in the past two.
David Robertson pitched the ninth to record his second save of the season. Mariano Rivera was unavailable because he had pitched in the previous three games.
The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 32 minutes because of rain.
THE GRANDY MAN CAN: Curtis Granderson led off the fifth inning with a mammoth home run -- his fourth of the season -- into the second deck in right off J.A. Happ, which tied the game at 1.
MASS CHAOS: With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Vernon Wells hit a line drive to center. Rajai Davis made a shoestring catch, but second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez couldn't see it and ruled that the ball hit the ground.
As a result, the runners were quite confused.
Eduardo Nunez scored from third on the play, but both Chris Stewart and Ichiro Suzuki ended up on second. Stewart was out on an 8-4 fielder’s choice, and Wells was credited with an RBI on the play, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and southpaw Mark Buehrle, who wasn’t even pitching, were ejected for arguing the call. Instant replay would have been nice here.
HOT CORNER: Alex Rodriguez turned a nifty inning-ending double play in the fifth, backhanding a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Davis before stepping on third and then throwing across the diamond to complete the twin-killing, which stranded the bases loaded. At the plate, A-Rod went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
CLUTCH IS EVERYTHING: Nunez delivered a two-run single in the sixth, which knocked Happ out of the game and put the Yankees ahead 4-1.
UP NEXT: Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 2.41 ERA) opposes Chris Archer (6-5, 2.95) as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Rays in Tampa. First pitch, Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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