The Yankees trailed 4-1 as they entered the bottom of the eighth, trying to conjure some of that walk-off magic – something that’s been a part of baseball in the Bronx for as long as I can remember. With two runs in each of the last two innings, the Yanks did just that, as Mark Teixeira’s walk-off single capped off a four-run late-inning rally to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over Toronto.
Recap

The Yanks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on Russell Martin’s home run to left, his ninth of the season. In the very next frame Toronto tied the game. CC Sabathia allowed runners to reach the corners with two gone, and Jays’ outfielder Corey Patterson capitalized with an RBI-single to right. With a runner advancing to third on the play, Jose Bautista came to the plate, first and third with two out. Bautista struck out swinging, and CC got out of the jam.

The top of the fourth saw the Yanks start to swerve off the road a bit. CC allowed back-to-back hits to open the inning, a double to deep center and a single to center that drove in the runner from second. Two batters later with the Jays now leading 2-1, a single produced another jam with runners on the corners. Another single to right gave Toronto a 3-1 lead and advanced a runner to third, keeping the runners-at-the-corners jam intact. The next at-bat was scored as a sacrifice for Jays’ third baseman John McDonald, which brought the runner home from third, but McDonald was safe at first as a result of a throwing error by Robbie Cano. After three-and-a-half innings of baseball, the Jays led 4-1.

Outside of a hit and a couple of walks, nothing happened until the bottom of the eighth for the Yanks. CC did a great job of keeping the game at 4-1, going the distance in the process.

The Jays yanked starter Ricky Romero prior to the start of the eighth. Curtis Granderson started the inning with a double to right. Teixeira grounded out to second in the next at-bat, advancing Granderson to third. Following an Alex Rodriguez strike out, Robinson Cano doubled to deep right-center plating Granderson and cutting the lead to 4-2. In the next at-bat Russell Martin singled to center field, scoring Cano form second, the Jays’ lead now just one. Nick Swisher, 0-for-4 on the night, flied out to end the inning and end the rally at 2 runs off 3 hits.

Sabathia retired the Blue Jays 1-2-3 in the ninth, setting the stage for another rally. With one out in the inning, Jorge Posada pinch-hit for Eduardo Nunez, and he lined the first pitch he saw to right center. Bautista had trouble handling the ball in the gap, and Posada was able to stretch the hit into a double. Chris Dickerson pinch-ran for Posada, who exited the field with a standing ovation. Dickerson advanced to third on a Derek Jeter ground out to the shortstop, which brought Curtis Granderson to the plate with two away.

Granderson hit a quick ground ball just past the diving glove of the first baseman, tying the game at 4-4 with 2 outs. He then swiped second base, setting the table for Mark Teixeira. Tex hit a hard grounder to the first baseman on a 3-1 fastball, but the ball deflected off of his glove and rolled into shallow right field. Granderson rounded third and slid home, before being mobbed at the plate by half of his teammates; the other half chased Teixeira around the bases as the Bronx celebrated another walk-off win at the stadium.

Key Stats

15: Following the Jay’s three-run fourth inning, in innings five through nine, 15 batters in a Toronto uniform came to the dish. Sabathia retired all 15.

1: Tonight’s game was Sabathia’s first complete game of this season

Granderson: 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 SB

What’s Next?

The Yankees play the rubber match of their three game set with Toronto tomorrow afternoon at 1:00.

Pitching Match-up: Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3, 4.25 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (2-4, 3.05 ERA)