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Alfonso Soriano’s Go-Ahead, 2-Run Home Run Gives New York Yankees 4-2 Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

August 21st, 2013 at 10:06 PM
By Doug Rush

Heading into Wednesday night's game with the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees had won their last nine of 11 games and were looking to continue to catch ground in the American League playoff race.

Pitching for the Yankees was Adam Warren, who was making a spot start due to the fact that the Yankees had to play a double-header the night before and he was up against Blue Jays ace and last year's National League Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey.

In the bottom of the first inning against Dickey, Ichiro Suzuki achieved baseball history when he singled to left field, which ended up being his 4,000th career hit as a professional; it was his 2,722nd hit in Major League Baseball to go with the 1,278 he has back in Japan.

In the top of the second inning, Munenori Kawasaki's RBI single off Warren made it 1-0 Toronto. In the bottom of the second, the Yankees responded when Austin Romine hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1.

In the bottom of the third inning, Curtis Granderson's RBI single gave the Yankees the lead against Dickey at 2-1. In the top of the fourth inning, the Blue Jays responded when Josh Thole hit a solo shot against Warren, which tied the game at 2-2.

Warren was pulled after pitching three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out four in just 61 pitches; as he was on a pitch count in the spot start.

On came lefty reliever David Huff, who pitched five scoreless innings for the Yankees, allowing just one hit, walked four and struck out two, but gave the Yankees much needed innings and kept the game tied at 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth inning with a runner on, Alfonso Soriano continued to be the catalyst of the offense as he drilled a go-ahead, two-run home run off Dickey to put the Yankees ahead 4-2. It was Soriano's 26th home run of the season and his ninth with the Yankees.

Mariano Rivera came on to close it out for the Yankees and despite giving up a double to Rajai Davis, Rivera picked him off at second and then struck out the final batter to notch his 37th save of the year and hold onto the Yankees 4-2 victory.

Huff picked up the win, his first of the season, while Dickey took the loss and dropped to 9-12 on the year.

The Yankees are picking up even more momentum, as they have now won 10 out of their last 12 games and have won their fourth straight game. They're 6.5 back in the American League East, but a half-game behind the Baltimore Orioles. They are also just four games out in the American League Wild Card race.

On Thursday afternoon in the series finale at Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte (8-9, 4.39 ERA) will look to keep the momentum going for the Yankees as he will oppose veteran lefty J.A. Happ (3-2, 4.93 ERA.)

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Tags: Adam Warren, Alfonso Soriano, Andy Pettitte, Baseball, Curtis Granderson, David Huff, Ichiro Suzuki, J.A. Happ, Mariano Rivera, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, R.A. Dickey

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