Rolling Yankees closing in
Walkoff win pulls NY within 1 game of first
Jorge Posada hit a walkoff RBI single in the 12th inning to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday in New York.
The Yankees have won nine of 10 to move a season-best 14 games above .500 and pull within a game of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Brett Tomko (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Mark Teixeira got the winning rally started with a liner that caromed off the first base bag and over Lyle Overbay for a double. Alex Rodriguez received his second consecutive intentional walk before Teixeira was cut down at third on Robinson Cano’s sacrifice attempt.
With one out and runners on first and second, Posada lined a 1-1 pitch from Shawn Camp (0-4) into center field. Rodriguez scored without a play as the Yankees poured out of the dugout to congratulate Posada near first base.
“The win was the most important thing,’’ Posada said. “The bullpen did an amazing job, keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to win.’’
Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and Alex Rios had three RBIs for Toronto, which has lost six of seven.
Posada, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui homered for the Yankees, who lost starter Chien-Ming Wang to a strained right shoulder in the sixth inning. Wang, who missed time earlier this season with weakness in his hips, was scheduled to get an MRI after the game.
Posada finished with two hits after missing New York’s game Friday with a sore left thumb.
The Yankees had a 3-2 lead against ace Roy Halladay before the Blue Jays rallied in the sixth. Marco Scutaro led off with a double and Lind hit a one-out drive to right for his 17th homer.
David Robertson relieved Wang and walked Rolen and Overbay. After Vernon Wells took a called third strike, Rios singled to center, giving Toronto a 5-3 lead.
Derek Jeter hit a leadoff single in the seventh and Damon followed with a drive that landed a few rows back in right, tying the game at 5-5.
Padres 7, Dodgers 4 - Everth Cabrera had three RBIs and host San Diego scored three unearned runs in the eighth to overshadow Manny Ramírez’s first homer since returning to the Dodgers.
Giants 9, Astros 0 - Tim Lincecum (9-2) ran his career-best scoreless streak to 23 innings in winning his third straight start, and host San Francisco notched its major league-leading 11th shutout.
Nationals 5, Braves 3 - Atlanta’s Tommy Hanson extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings before Adam Dunn hit his 300th career homer, and host Washington scored four times in the eighth.
Brewers 11, Cubs 2 - Casey McGehee homered and set career highs with four hits and five RBIs as visiting Milwaukee pounded Chicago’s Rich Harden and broke a three-game losing streak.
Phillies 4, Mets 1 - Jamie Moyer (7-6) baffled visiting New York for 6 1/3 innings and Jimmy Rollins’s two-run double propelled Philadelphia.
Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 7 - Stephen Drew’s two-run homer capped Arizona’s six-run eighth in Denver.
Reds 5, Cardinals 2 - Micah Owings (6-8) pitched into the seventh and hit one of two homers for host Cincinnati.
Marlins 5, Pirates 3 - Hanley Ramirez smashed a two-run homer and Andrew Miller (3-4) pitched effectively into the seventh as Florida prevailed at home.
Angels 11, Orioles 4 - Vladimir Guerrero fueled a six-run eighth inning with a three-run homer - just his third home run of the season - as Los Angeles whipped Baltimore in Anaheim, Calif.
Royals 6, White Sox 4 - Alberto Callaspo drove in three runs and host Kansas City snapped Chicago’s seven-game winning streak.
Rangers 12, Rays 4 - Texas roughed up Rays rookie David Price and cruised at home behind four RBIs from Andruw Jones and three from Michael Young.
Twins 4, Tigers 3 - Minnesota bounced back from its 16-inning defeat Friday night as Justin Morneau homered and had the tying RBI single in Minneapolis.
Indians 5, Athletics 2 - Ben Francisco and Grady Sizemore went deep, helping host Cleveland win consecutive games for the first time since June 11-12.