Entering the fourth and final game of their series at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees have been red hot; winners in 10 of their last 12 games and were looking to make it 11 out of 13.
The only thing stopping the team was a three hour, 25 minute rain delay, which delayed the start of the game from 1:05 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., but once the rain cleared, the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays were ready for baseball, as Andy Pettitte looked to give the Yankees another victory facing off against another lefty in J.A. Happ.
Pettitte and Happ were both cruising along through the first four innings, throwing up zeroes on the scoreboard. In the top of the fifth inning, the Blue Jays struck first as J.P. Arencibia hit a solo home run to left off Pettitte to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
Later on in the inning, Pettitte had the bases loaded with one out and Rajai Davis hits a rocket to Alex Rodriguez at third base, who stepped on third for the second out and threw it to first basemen Mark Reynolds for the third and final out, as that play saved three runs from scoring and blowing the game wide open.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Curtis Granderson crushed his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot into the second deck of the outfield, and the Yankees tied the game at 1-1.
Later on in the inning with the bases loaded, one out and Vernon Wells up. Wells scorches the ball to center field in what looked like Davis caught the ball, but the umpires said he trapped the ball, which scored Eduardo Nunez from third base and gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons got ejected for arguing how the call went.
If fans saw the game on the YES Network or caught a replay, they would have saw that Gibbons had a legitimate complain, as Davis did catch the ball, but Nunez still would have scored because he tagged up on the play and scored before they tagged Stewart out.
Pettitte continued to blow through the Blue Jays lineup and went six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits, walked three and struck out three and left with a 2-1 lead and has looked very sharp in his last couple of starts.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Nunez hits a two-run single with the bases loaded to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead. Later on in the inning, Chris Stewart's RBI groundout made it 5-1 New York.
In the top of the seventh inning, Munenori Kawasaki's RBI single made it 5-2 Toronto and then Edwin Encarnacion's RBI groundout made it 5-3 against Yankees reliever Shawn Kelly, who definitely didn't have his best stuff on the mound for the Yankees. Boone Logan came on in the top of the seventh to get Adam Lind to strike out to end the inning on a sharp slider.
In the eighth inning, Preston Claiborne pitched a scoreless inning in the setup role and because Mariano Rivera pitched in three straight games, Yankees manager Joe Girardi turned to David Robertson to get the save, and was able to record his second save of the year, as he preserves a 5-3 victory.
Pettitte gets his record back to .500 as he is now 9-9, while Happ took the loss and dropped to 3-3. Happ started out strong, but he had five walks agains the Yankees lineup, which ended up being his downfall.
The Yankees sweep the four game series against the last place Blue Jays and are now winners of 11 out of the last 13 games, plus five straight victories, the Yankees, now at 68-59, are just 3.5 games out of the Wild Card and are just six games out of first place in the American League East division race.
On Friday night, the Yankees travel down to St. Petersburg for a critical American League East showdown at Tropicana Field with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are 72-53 and one game back of the first place Boston Red Sox. Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 2.41 ERA) will go for the Yankees while Tampa will counter with Chris Archer (6-5, 2.95 ERA.)
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