The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 7-3 this afternoon. The Yankees used some early offense and a solid outing by Freddy Garcia to solidify their series win. With the win, the Yankees move to 27-21 and maintain their division lead over the Red Sox and Rays.

Nice Hitting, Druw! - Frank Franklin II / AP

Recap

While Jo-Jo Reyes (that’s a fun name to both say and type) managed to only last for three innings, Freddy Garcia turned in a great start:

  IP H R ER K BB
Reyes 3 5 5 5 0 2
Garcia 6.1 8 3 3 4 0

 

It looked like it was going to be one of “those” starts for Freddy Garcia after his first pitch was a leadoff triple. However, he forced the heart of the Blue Jay lineup to hit a groundout and two pop-ups and strand the runner on third.

The Yankees put runs up on Jo-Jo Reyes in each of the first three innings. In the first, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with doubles to score Jeter to take an early lead. In the second, Andruw Jones continued the scoring with a two-run bomb to the visitor’s bullpen in left center. Mark Teixeira continued the trend in the third with another two-run homer, this one a Yankee Stadium special in the first row in left.

Meanwhile, Freddy Garcia shut down the homer-happy Blue Jay offense. He allowed three runs through 6.1 innings. Andruw Jones gave him some extra run support in the bottom of the sixth, hitting his second two-run home run of the game, this one to Monument Park. This would prove to be enough offense for the Yankees to take the series before their first of two West Coast trips.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: After a few rough games, Derek Jeter hit a leadoff double to bring his career hits total to 2,976. He went 1-3 with two walks in the game.

Mariano Rivera was the first pitcher ever to appear in 1,000 games for one team.

6: At one point, between last night and today’s game, Curtis Granderson recorded a hit in six straight at bats.

Fun Fact: Andruw Jones has more home runs this year than Carl Crawford … just saying.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will take Thursday off before starting a nine-game road trip out to the west coast. Cheers to staying up until 1:30 to watch the Yankees!

10:10, YES. AJ Burnett (5-3, 4.02 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (6-2, 2.16)