McGehee 3-Run Homer Lifts Yankees Over Jays
The Yankees (67-46) beat the Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) for the second day in a row thanks in part to solid starting pitching this time coming from Ivan Nova. Despite his recent struggles Nova looked good on Saturday afternoon in the Yankees 5-2 win, Nova went 7 1/3 gave up two runs on five hits and struck out 10. The win puts Nova at 11-6 for the season.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Yankees offense came alive with a four run inning. A Mark Teixeira leadoff single looked like it may go to waste until a two out Jayson Nix single scored Teixeira. The next batter newly acquired Casey McGehee then drilled a three run home run into the second deck in left center field of the Rogers Centre. It was McGehee’s first home run as a Yankee.
Blue Jays starter Aaron Laffey went 5 2/3 gave up five runs on seven hits and struck out two.
In the bottom of the fourth the Blue Jays got on the board when Edwin Encarnacion singled to right scoring Rajai Davis. In the eighth inning an Encarnacion RBI infield single also scored Davis.
The Yankees fifth run came in the sixth inning when Derek Jeter bounced ground rule double over the center field wall scoring McGehee. McGehee finished going 2-4 with two runs and three RBI.
Rafael Soriano shut down the Blue Jays 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 28th save of the season.
The Yankees play the Blue Jays again on Sunday afternoon. Phil Hughes (11-9 4.10) goes for the Yankees while J.A. Happ (0-1 4.98) goes for the Blue Jays. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30, first pitch at 1:07 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.