Jose Bautista Lifts Toronto Blue Jays Over New York Yankees In Extra Innings
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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista homered with one out in the 10th inning after a classic pitchers’ duel to lift the surging Jays to victory over division rivals New York Yankees 2-1 on Friday night in the Bronx, making it six wins in a row for Toronto.

Bautista went deep off reliever Branden Pinder (0-1) to move the Jays within just 3 1/2 games back of the AL-East leading Yankees.

Roberto Osuna (1-5) continued to impress and once again showed why John Gibbons and his staff think so highly of the 20-year-old after he pitched a perfect 10th to secure the save and the win.

In what is seen as the first meaningful August series in Toronto Blue Jays history since their back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, the Jays kicked off an important stretch in the team’s season where they’ll play the Yankees 12 more times after Friday night.

Josh Donaldson maintained his MVP-caliber season by hitting his 30th home run for Toronto in the first to kick off the scoring and give Toronto the early 1-0 lead.

Mark Teixeira responded for the Yankees with a home run of his own, his 30th of the season, an inning later to even up the score at ones. There was a bit of controversy on Teixeira’s fly ball, however, as a fan appeared to reach over the stands and interfere with a leaping Ben Revere’s glove.

Teixeira stopped at second after it was original called as a ground rule double, but Joe Girardi requested an appeal. After a near four-minute delay, the call was overturned and the switch-hitting Teixeira had a free trot around the bases.

After giving up the solo homers, starters R.A. Dickey and Nathan Eovaldi really settled and began manhandling the power lineups of the other teams.

The soft-tossing knuckleballer Dickey went seven innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run, bringing his ERA below four after stringing a few quality starts together. His counterpart Eovaldi had a strong outing himself, going six and one thirds innings, giving up six hits and one earned run.

Toronto has been the talk of Major League Baseball for the past week and a half after the big acquisitions of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. They’re winners of nine of 10 since Tulowitkzi entered the lineup on July 29th.

Bautista’s homer made it 25 on the season for the six time All-Star and added yet another home run from the top five batters in the Jays lineup.

Prior to the game, Gibbons labeled it as the most important series in the Bronx for Toronto in 20 years.

Toronto will send Price to the mound Saturday for his second start with the team while the Yankees counter with Ivan Nova for the second of a three game series.