Yankees end Jays' streak, retake division lead
(The Sports Xchange) - Aaron Sanchez tried to slip one more fastball past Carlos Beltran in the eighth inning on Friday but the Toronto Blue Jays right-handed reliever did not get the four-seamer where he wanted it this time.
Instead it was right where Beltran could hit it.
The New York Yankees pinch-hitter hammered the 1-2 pitch to right center for a three-run homer, enough for a 4-3 victory that ended the Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak.
"With the (noisy sellout) crowd in the stands I was a little amped up," Sanchez (6-5) said. "And I saw that I threw the first pitch by him, it was elevated, so I was just trying to attack there the whole at-bat.
"The fourth pitch, to me, seemed like it was right over the plate. The moral of the story is I didn't get my job done, and it cost us a win."
Beltran's homer capped a four-run eighth for the Yankees (63-51), who regained a half-game lead over the second-place Blue Jays (64-53) in the American League East.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going to leave the ballpark," Beltran said. "It's a good feeling being able to come off the bench and come through and help the team win a ball game."
Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (5-4) overcame a three-run third inning for the victory. Nova allowed five hits, one walk and three runs in seven innings. He also hit two batters and struck out three.
Blue Jays left-hander David Price allowed 11 hits, no walks and three runs in 7 1/3 innings and did not factor in the decision. He struck out six. Continued...