Bautista's homer helps Blue Jays beat Yankees

Sat Aug 8, 2015 12:31am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Recently Jose Bautista was watching a broadcast discussing how the Toronto Blue Jays hit better against hard-throwing pitchers.

The Blue Jays right fielder more than welcomes those pitches.

When Bautista saw a fastball over the middle of the plate with one out in the top of the 10th inning, he gladly accepted it and turned it into a tiebreaking solo home run, lifting the Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday.

"We like hard-throwing pitchers," Bautista said. "I think I heard in one of the broadcasts that we hit better on hard-throwing pitchers.

"So I don't think that fazes anybody here. We love the fastball. We actually invite people to throw fastballs."

Bautista's 25th home run gave Toronto (59-52) their sixth straight win and inched them to within 3 1/2 games of the Yankees (61-47) in the AL East.

It also marked the sixth straight time he reached 25 home runs in a season, though this time was more significant due to Toronto's place in the standings.

"We've been playing really well," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons after his team beat the Yankees for the sixth time in the last 27 meetings in New York. "Coming in here, this is a team we're chasing. We got to beat them sooner or later."

The home run capped a tight, well-played ballgame and came after Bautista took a slider and a fastball from Branden Pinder to fall behind 0-2.   Continued...

Aug 7, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) hits a home run to left during the tenth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports