Marco Estrada tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball and Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson both hit solo homers as the Blue Jays blanked the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
It’s the eighth consecutive victory for the Blue Jays, who now stand just 1 1/2 games back of New York in the American League East standings.
Toronto beat the Yankees 2-1 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday. This is the first time the Yankees have been shut out in back-to-back games since May of 1999, per MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter feed.
Troy Tulowitzki must be loving all this winning stuff. He’s been a part of 11 wins and only one loss since leaving the last-place Rockies on July 28.
Game two of the three-game showdown between the first and second place team in the AL East is going on in the Bronx as we speak. And the results are thus far unspeakable for Yankees fans. The Jays currently hold a 5-0 lead entering the top of the eighth inning.
It was a pitchers matchup until the top of the sixth when Ivan Nova loaded the bases with one out thanks to two walks and a single. At that point he was at 100 pitches and clearly didn’t have anything left. Yet, for reasons he’ll hopefully provide after the game, Joe Girardi decided to let him stay in to face one more batter, Justin Smoak. Nova tossed a hanging curveball. Smoak did this:
d it was 4-0. In the seventh, Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot to make it 5-0, which is where we stand now.
If the score holds up the Jays will be two and a half back of New York, who has, as of this writing, scored four runs in their past four games.
The Dbacks are trading dudes off to contenders left and right. First Oliver Perez to the Astros, now Cliff Pennington to the Blue Jays, reports Chris Cotillo. The return: infielder Dawel Lugo.
Pennington is hitting .237/.314/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 135 at-bats on the season. He’ll likely serve as a backup to Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki. Lugo, 20, plays for high-A Dunedin where he’s hitting .219/.258/.292 on the year.
If the Blue Jays are going to make a move on the Yankees for the AL East, this is the weekend in which they should get moving. And so far, so good: Jose Bautista homered with one out in the 10th inning to give the Jays their sixth straight win and to pull them to within three and a half games of the Bronx Bombers.
All the runs scored in the game came on homers: Bautista’s in the tenth and one each from Mark Teixeira and Josh Donaldson. The dingers not withstanding, it was a pitching duel, with R.A. Dickey allowing only one run over seven innings and Nate Eovaldi allowing the same while pitching into the seventh. Dickey was the second knuckleballer the Yankees faced in two days and they’re likely happy to be done with them.
Of course, they have to face David Price this afternoon, and it’s not like that’s leaps and bounds better, right?
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1
Cubs 7, Giants 3
Pirates 5, Dodgers 4
Rockies 5, Nationals 4
Red Sox 7, Tigers 2
Twins 10, Indians 9
Mets 4, Rays 3
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Royals 3, White Sox 2
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 0
Angels 8, Royals 4
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Phillies 4, Padres 3
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixiera hit a game-tying solo home run in the second inning off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. It’s his 30th home run in what has been a renaissance season.
The blast also moved Teixeira into a tie with Mickey Mantle for the most 30-homer seasons as a switch hitter. Teixeira did it eight seasons in a row between 2004-11. Chipper Jones and Lance Berkman are tied for the third-most 30-homer seasons as switch hitters with six.
Teixeira, 35, entered play Friday batting .266/.371/.573. Using the Sabermetric statistic weighted on-base average (wOBA), Teixeira’s .397 is seventh-best in baseball, and way above the .314 American League average.