The Yankees improved to 6-2 on the season against division rival Toronto after a 5-3 win at the Roger’s Center on Tuesday night. Andy Pettitte was a ROCK for the Yankees holding the Blue jays lineup to 4 hits and 1 run in 6 and 2/3 innings while improving his record to 9-6 on the season.
The Yankees got offense from Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui in the top of the first two take a 2 run lead. The Yankees didn’t lose the lead for the rest of the game. Damon and Mark Teixeira padded the lead in the 8th with back-to back solo home runs and despite the Blue Jays answering with two runs of their own in the 8th, the Yankees held on for the victory. Tex is now #2 in the Al with 27 homers this season.
Mariano Rivera pitched 1 1/3, earning his 31st save of the year. The Great Rivera is now in sole possession of the league lead in saves – one ahead of Brian Fuentes – whose LA Angels are mired in a 4-4 tie with the Chicago White Sox. Oh, and Rivera is 39. Old man river has still got it!
Despite a complete game by Roy Halladay, the jays couldn’t capitalize when they needed to, forcing Halladay to his second straight loss and his first loss in his last 10 starts against the Yankees in Toronto.
Despite all the trade talks, the Toronto fans gave Halladay a huge ovation when he walked in from the bullpen to start the game. I was listening on the radio, so all I could hear was loud cheers. Later I learned it was the third straight home start – basically since trade rumors began – that the home fans showed their appreciation for him.
The Yankees and Blue Jays finish up their two game series Wednesday night – the eve of a Red Sox – Yankees showdown in the Bronx on Thursday.