He has hit 11 homers that have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.
Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5) pitched two scoreless innings for the win in relief of starter Martin Perez as the Rangers moved two games ahead of Houston after the Astros lost 4-3 at home to the Angels.
The Yankees are still in the hunt for the AL East title and home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but they could be headed towards winning a wild-card berth.
“It’s tough with two outs but he’s done it so many times, so many guys in the locker room have done that really“, said Gibbons following Tuesday’s contest.
With one out, Tyler Saladino tripled to break up the no-hitter and Adam Eaton, who had broken up Detroit’s attempt at a flawless game by being hit with a pitch in the seventh, tied the game with a single. “It’s a big win for us, a big team win”.
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.
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. “Down and away, bottom of the zone”.
“When I hit the grand slam I got excited and rounded the bases from the side, turning like an airplane”, said Encarnacion, who has helped the Jays to the top of the American League East this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a double and scored when McCann drove a pitch off the wall for a long single.
RAYS 5, RED SOX 2: Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and Matt Moore (2-4) recovered from a hard start to strike out seven as the Rays beat the Red Sox. He belted a 2-2 pitch into the second deck for his 11th homer of the year.
The Yankees lead the majors with 119 first-inning runs this season. It was Bautista’s second outfield assist of the game – he also threw out Dustin Ackley at third base in the seventh. The throw was high but Donaldson made a nice play to catch the ball, twist backwards and apply the tag. Umpire Greg Gibson initially ruled Ackley safe, but the call was overturned upon replay review.
Estrada intentionally walked Ellsbury and was relieved by Aaron Loup.
New York almost padded its lead in the ninth but Bautista showed off his arm again by throwing out Chris Young at home plate. “Sometimes I think that gets overlooked because of what he does with his bat”. Jose Abreu has 15 home runs in a little more than two months. The game took three hours 39 minutes to play. He took the loss after allowing seven hits, two walks, six runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (10-14) allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings. Of Nova’s three starts against the Jays, by far his best was his August 8 start at the Rogers Centre (the site of his first major-league start in 2010), which saw Nova hold the Jays to three runs over seven innings in a 4-3 Yankee win. Sometimes, appropriately, fans Photoshop a blue jay instead. There is no timetable for his return.
“It’s awesome”, Lowe said.
“We’ve talked to Sanchez to be ready at any time”, said Gibbons. Toronto’s Marcus Stroman (2-0, 3.00 earned-run average) is scheduled to start the series finale against fellow right-hander Ivan Nova (6-8, 5.11).