7:07 PM ET, September 29, 2010
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Aaron Hill's homer helps Jays beat Yanks in Cito Gaston's farewell in Toronto
TORONTO -- Cito Gaston's slugging Blue Jays gave him an appropriate goodbye.Aaron Hill hit a three-run homer, John Buck and Travis Snider added solo drives and the Blue Jays gave their retiring manager a winning send-off in his home finale, beating the New York Yankees 8-4 on Wednesday night."What a way to go out," said Gaston, who was showered with beer and water by his players after the game.The struggling Yankees, who have lost six of eight, remained a half-game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East race. The Rays lost 2-0 to Baltimore.Alex Rodriguez homered for the Yankees, giving him 13 straight years with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.Toronto leads baseball with 247 home runs, the fifth-highest season total in major league history. Seattle hit a record 264 in 1997.Hill drove in four runs as the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games. The Yankees, already assured a playoff spot, saw Javier Vazquez (10-10) get tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings."I had nothing," Vazquez said. "I didn't feel like my pitches were sharp at all."
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3B Rodriguez made a throwing error in the seventh, his first error since July 16 against Tampa Bay. ... Yankees manager Joe Girardi went over to shake Gaston's hand before batting practice. ... Pettitte and A.J. Burnett will start at Boston on Friday and Saturday, Girardi said. The starter for Sunday's season finale has not been announced. ... Bautista, Wells, Hill, Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay are the other Blue Jays with 20 or more homers.
Regular Season Series
|Toronto leads 10-8 (as of Wed 9/29)|
|Fri 6/4||@TOR 6, NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 6/5||@TOR 3, NYY 2||Recap|
|Sun 6/6||NYY 4, @TOR 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/2||TOR 6, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/3||@NYY 11, TOR 3||Recap|
|Sun 7/4||@NYY 7, TOR 6||Recap|
|Mon 8/2||TOR 8, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Tue 8/3||TOR 8, @NYY 2||Recap|
|Wed 8/4||@NYY 5, TOR 1||Recap|
|Mon 8/23||@TOR 3, NYY 2||Recap|
|Tue 8/24||NYY 11, @TOR 5||Recap|
|Wed 8/25||@TOR 6, NYY 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/3||@NYY 7, TOR 3||Recap|
|Sat 9/4||@NYY 7, TOR 5||Recap|
|Sun 9/5||TOR 7, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Mon 9/27||@TOR 7, NYY 5||Recap|
|Tue 9/28||NYY 6, @TOR 1||Recap|
|» Wed 9/29||@TOR 8, NYY 4||Box Score|
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|1st||T Snider homered to right (400 feet).||0||1|
|2nd||J Buck homered to right center (383 feet).||0||2|
|2nd||T Snider singled to left, J McDonald scored.||0||3|
|4th||J McDonald grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, A Hill scored, J Buck out at second.||0||4|
|5th||A Hill homered to left (393 feet), Y Escobar and L Overbay scored.||0||7|
|6th||A Rodriguez homered to left (407 feet).||1||7|
|6th||F Cervelli singled to right, R Cano scored, A Kearns to third.||2||7|
|6th||G Golson singled to right center, A Kearns scored, F Cervelli to second.||3||7|
|7th||A Hill singled to right center, V Wells scored.||3||8|
|9th||A Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop, D Jeter scored.||4||8|
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|Stadium||Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON|
|Attendance||33,143 (67.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||63 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson|
From Elias: Javier Vazquez now has 10 losses and an ERA of 5.32. A.J. Burnett has 15 losses and a 5.33 ERA. So the Yankees will have two pitchers with at least 10 wins and an ERA above 5.00 that have pitched at least 150 innings this season. And they currently have 94 wins. They are the first team in MLB history to win at least 90 games despite having two pitchers with 10+ losses and an ERA of 5.00 or higher (min. 150 IP).
From Elias: They also finished with 146 HR at their home ballpark (Rogers Centre), 3rd-most all-time, trailing only the 2005 Rangers (153) and 1996 Rockies (149). They finished with 146 HR at home, allowing just 81 HR. That's the third-largest differential (+65) in a home ballpark in MLB history, trailing only the 2005 Rangers (+73) and 1938 Yankees (+69).
Blue Jays now have 247 HR, the 5th-most all-time by a team in a single season.[+]
Most Team HR in Single Season
From Elias: The Yankees have lost 9 straight games in which the opponent started a left-handed pitcher. That's one shy of the franchise record of 10, set in 1996.
From Elias: Javier Vazquez allowed 7 runs and 10 hits. He's the third Yankee starter in the last 7 games (CC Sabathia on Sept 23 and Andy Pettitte on Sept 24) to allow 7 runs and 10 hits in a game. The last MLB team to have at least 3 starters allow at least 10 hits and 7 runs in a 7-game span was the White Sox in July 2007. The last such Yankees team was in August 1958, when Johnny Kucks, Whitey Ford and Don Larsen did it.
Javier Vazquez has allowed 3 HR on Wednesday, his 30th, 31st and 32nd allowed this season. That is tied for the 4th-most in Yankees history. It is the 10th time this season as a starter he has allowed at least 2 HR in a game. That is tied with Dennis Rasmussen in 1987 for the most such games by a Yankee starter in the live ball era.[+]
John Buck is the 6th Blue Jay this season with at least 20 HR. Toronto is the first team this season to have 6 players with at least 20 HR. Last year both the Yankees (7) and Rangers (6) had at least 6 players with 20-or-more HR. The 2000 Blue Jays actually share the record of 7 players with at least 20 HR, along with the 2009 Yankees and 2005 Rangers.
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