Bird homers in tenth to lift Yankees past Blue Jays

Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:44am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Toronto's Mark Lowe thought he made a good pitch on his 2-2 slider to Greg Bird in the 10th inning on Tuesday, only for the Yankees first baseman to line the pitch to right field for a three-run homer that led to a 6-4 victory.

"Down and away, bottom of the zone and he just leaned out and got it," Lowe (1-3) said. "Great piece of hitting."

Bird's 10th homer of the season brought the Yankees (83-67) to within 2-1/2 games of the first-place Blue Jays (86-65) in the American League East.

"I was pretty pumped up," Bird said.

"It's a big win for us, a big team win. It was a cool atmosphere, real intense here. A lot of back and forth. I think the fans definitely got their money's worth. That was a great game.

"We're still definitely in it."

Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran had homered on a 1-0 fastball from right-hander Liam Hendriks for his 17th homer of the season in the eighth to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro then tied it with his fifth homer of the season on a first-pitch fastball with one out in the ninth against left-hander Andrew Miller (3-2).

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the ninth after Navarro's homer but third baseman Josh Donaldson struck out to send the game to extra innings.   Continued...

Sep 22, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees celebrate victory against Toronto Blue Jays in the tenth inning at Rogers Centre. Yankees beat Blue Jays 6 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports