Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill hit solo homers, and the Blue Jays’ gritty relief corps made a meager lead stand up in a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees last night at Yankee Stadium that gave Toronto its first three-game winning streak since the last week of June.
“We did a good job, got their starter out of there, but their bullpen came in and did a real solid job,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “They shut us down.’’
And they did it without Alex Rios, a two-time All-Star who was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox just before the first pitch.
It was a cost-saving move on the part of the Blue Jays, who shed the outfielder’s hefty salary and now have some financial flexibility for the offseason.
Shawn Camp (1-5) picked up the win in relief of ineffective starter Marc Rzepczynski, who gave up three homers and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. The Blue Jays bullpen surrendered four hits over 5 2/3 innings, helping Toronto win for just the third time in 10 tries against the Yankees this season.
The Yankees, who had their lead in the AL East trimmed to 5 1/2 games over Boston, looked for a while as if they would keep rolling.
Derek Jeter hit a leadoff homer on the third pitch he saw, and Robinson Cano and Jerry Hairston added back-to-back homers in the fourth, before the bats finally went quiet.
Yankees starter Sergio Mitre (1-1), who could be fighting for his spot in the rotation, committed a costly error that led to two runs and wound up giving up five total in five innings.
Rockies 11, Cubs 5 - Troy Tulowitzki hit for the cycle and had a career-high seven RBIs to spark host Colorado. Tulowitzki, who had a grand slam denied in the first video review at Coors Field, came to bat to lead off the seventh a triple shy of the franchise’s fifth cycle and first in nine years. He laced a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line and slid headfirst into the bag before third baseman Jake Fox could corral the throw from left.
It was the sixth cycle in the majors this season.
Angels 8, Rays 7 - Vladimir Guerrero homered twice, including the 400th of his career to put the Angels ahead in the seventh inning, and Kendry Morales also hit two homers as host Los Angeles rallied four times before winning.
Mariners 6, White Sox 4 - Recently mothballed Kenji Johjima hit his first home run since May, a tie-breaking two-run shot in the sixth inning, to send host Seattle to victory.
Dodgers 4, Giants 2 - Matt Kemp hit a three-run double to back a strong effort from Hiroki Kuroda and help visiting Los Angeles to victory in the opener of a key three-game series against San Francisco.
Athletics 9, Orioles 1 - Rookie Gio Gonzalez took a five-hit shutout into the seventh inning, Mark Ellis had a career-high five hits and four RBIs, and visiting Oakland extended its winning streak against Baltimore to nine games.
Marlins 8, Astros 6 - Rick VandenHurk pitched five effective innings as the host Marlins posted their fourth straight win and moved 3 1/2 games behind idle Philadelphia for the NL East lead.
Cardinals 4, Reds 1 - Kyle Lohse won for the first time since injuring his forearm more than 2 1/2 months ago, working six effective innings in host St. Louis’s victory.
Diamondbacks 7, Mets 4 - Doug Davis had a two-run double and won his third straight decision, Trent Oeltjen hit his third homer in four major league games, and host Arizona sent New York to its ninth loss in 12 games.