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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Bronx, NY (Sept 3) – The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by the score of 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. CC Sabathia made the start and pitched very well followed by; Rafael Soriano who gave up a run but was able to shut it down from there even with the tying runs at the plate at that point. Cory Wade closed out the game easily.
Derek Jeter who tied a career high with five RBI, Alex Rodriguez, led the offense and Nick Swisher hit homeruns as well as Jeter. Jesus Montero playing in his third game had two hits. Montero looks to be more comfortable after recording his first major league hit on Saturday.
Sabathia pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out ten. Sabathia picked up his 19th win of the season and is 19-7 with a 2.97 ERA on the season. Soriano pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and one run and Wade pitched one inning giving up one walk and striking out two.
Jeter led the offense with two hits and five RBI, Brett Gardner had three walks and Mark Teixeira had a hit. Rodriguez had a hit and an RBI, Robinson Cano had a hit and Swisher had a hit and two RBI. Russell Martin had a walk, Montero had two singles and Eduardo Nunez had a hit. Montero after starting his career 0-6 is now 3-10 in addition, Jeter, Rodriguez, and Swisher all hit homeruns for the Yankees. The Yankees were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Gardner had a stolen base, an error in addition, Swisher hit a two-run homerun, and Jeter had a two-run single.
The Yankees opened up the scoring with a first inning run. Teixeira had an RBI single. In the third inning, the Yankees took a 4-0, lead on a Jeter three run homerun. In the fourth, the Jays broke through with an RBI double by Mark Teahen and an RBI groundout by Jose Molina. The Yankees now had a 4-2 lead. In the sixth inning, Rodriguez hit a solo homerun to make it 5-2 and then after a Jose Bautista monster homerun into the left field bleachers to make it 5-3 the Yankees broke the game open. The Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning making it a 9-3.
The Yankees completed the three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees are now 10-5 against them on the season and will play them three more times in Toronto. The Yankees are 1 1/2 game ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East and appear to be peaking at the right time. The Yankees are playing very good baseball winning four in a row and have won five out of their last six games. The Yankees will start a three game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon and Freddy Garcia will make the start.