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Jays Two Homers Down Yanks, Now Trail By Only 3.5 Games

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The Toronto Blue Jays arrived in New York on Friday, winners of five straight games and trailing the first place Yankees by only 4.5 games. After a nail bitting 10 innings, the Jays came away with a 2-1 victory and now trail the Yanks by only 3.5 games.

The Jays sudden surge to the top comes in a season when the Yankees looked like a team running away with the division, but Toronto has other plans for the AL East division and their recent play has proved that point.

On Friday, the Jays sent knuckleballer R.A Dickey to the mound, winner of his last three games and hadn’t given up more than two runs in six straight games. Dickey faced off against the Yankees RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who has been just as good over his last seven games, posting a 4-0 record and a 2.83 ERA.

In the top of the first, the Jays jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Josh Donaldson hit a one-out line drive opposite field solo shot for his 30th on the season.

But the Yanks answered right back in the bottom of the second when Mark Teixeira hit his 30th home run on the season to tie the game at 1-1. Initially the ball seemed to hit off the glove of left fielder at the wall, but after a review, the call was over turned as the ball hit a fan first.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the 10th inning, when Jose Bautista hit a go ahead home run to put the Blue Jays up 2-1.  The blast was the sluggers 25th on the season.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Yankees went quietly in order as the Jays inch a game closer to the lead and win their sixth straight game.

Game two has new Jays starter David Price (10-4, 2.45) facing off against Yankees Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.10) on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 PM.

 

David Conde

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