Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran drilled a pinch-hit, three-run home run off of reliever Aaron Sanchez to put the Yankees up 4-3 over the Blue Jays in the eighth inning of Friday night’s game in Toronto. It would prove to be the game-winning hit.
The win was of great importance to the Yankees, as the AL East rival Jays were on an 11-game winning streak, having picked up 7.5 games on the Yankees in the standings since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made his debut with his new team. Friday’s win helped the Yankees reclaim first place over the Jays in the AL East, at least temporarily, with a 63-51 record.
Beltran, 38, has surprisingly turned in a solid year, batting .267/.328/.459 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
Outfielder Carlos Beltran saved the Yankees from ignominy on Friday night, slugging a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning against reliever Aaron Sanchez in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Chase Headley had knocked in the Yankees’ first run of the game against starter David Price with a ground-rule double earlier that inning, marking the first time the Yankees had scored against the Blue Jays since the second inning on August 7, the first game of a three-game series. The Blue Jays had held them scoreless for 33 consecutive innings before Headley’s double.
The Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak also ended on Friday night. Since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s first game with the Blue Jays on July 29, the club had won 14 of 15 games. They went from 51-51 in third place and seven games out of first place to 64-52, leading the AL East by half a game over the Yankees entering Friday’s action. They’re now a half-game behind the Yankees.
Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues provided some interesting trivia from the game. Beltran’s pinch-hit homer was the second of his career, with the other occuring on May 18, 2003 against the Blue Jays. Beltran became the first Yankee with a go-ahead home run when trailing in the eighth inning or later on the road since Don Mattingly on July 24, 1994 against the then-California Angels.
Your Friday box scores and recaps:
Cubs 6, White Sox 5
Athletics 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)
Pirates 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 3
Mariners 1, Red Sox 15
Phillies 1, Brewers 3
Rays 3, Rangers 5
Marlins 1, Cardinals 3
Angels 1, Royals 4
Padres 9, Rockies 5
Indians 6, Twins 1
Tigers 1, Astros 5
Reds 3, Dodgers 5
Nationals 5, Giants 8
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez was handed a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for his role in Sunday’s plunkfest with the Royals. He immediately elected to appeal, but that appeal has now been dropped per beat reporter Shi Davidi of Toronto’s Sportsnet.
Sanchez tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over the Twins. He wasn’t going to used in the next couple of days anyway.
The 23-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.39 ERA (116 ERA+) through 71 2/3 innings (11 starts, seven relief appearances) this season for the Blue Jays. He has allowed just one hit since being moved to the bullpen last month.