Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, then added a tiebreaking solo drive in the eighth inning for his 40th of the season, and the Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, last night in Toronto.
It was the sixth multihomer game of the season for Bautista, who leads the majors in home runs. He’s the first Toronto player to reach the 40-homer plateau since Carlos Delgado hit 42 in 2003.
Toronto has a major league-leading 190 home runs this season, including 105 at home. Twenty-five of Bautista’s homers have come at Rogers Centre.
Bautista connected off righthander David Robertson (2-4) in the eighth, one at-bat after taking exception to a head-high pitch from Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was making his first career start.
Both benches and bullpens emptied when Nova fired one over the head of catcher Francisco Cervelli to begin the sixth. Bautista exchanged words with Nova and took several steps toward the mound while plate umpire Jerry Meals warned both dugouts. Yankees manager Joe Girardi raced out to get between the two, and there was no physical contact.
Rays 4, Angels 3 — B.J. Upton homered on the first pitch of the game from former teammate Scott Kazmir and doubled home another run to help visiting Tampa Bay defeat Los Angeles and move into a tie with New York atop the AL East standings.
James Shields (12-11) allowed eight hits and three runs — two earned — in six-plus innings, struck out 10, and walked one in his 144th career start, tying Kazmir for most in Rays history.
Upton ended an 0-for-11 skid with his 12th homer of the season.
Cubs 9, Nationals 1 — Mike Quade got his first major league managerial win, and rookie Casey Coleman took a one-hitter into the seventh as Chicago easily handled host Washington.
Coleman (1-1) was making just his second big league start and sixth appearance. Quade was promoted from third base coach to skipper after Lou Piniella retired following Sunday’s game.
Astros 3, Phillies 2 — Brett Myers threw seven sharp innings against his former team, Carlos Lee hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth, and visiting Houston topped Philadelphia.
Tigers 12, Royals 3 — Ryan Raburn drove in three runs and scored twice to help Detroit continue a strong homestand with a rout of Kansas City.
Giants 11, Reds 2 — Matt Cain ended a three-start winless stretch after being staked to an early cushion, Andres Torres hit a two-run homer, and host San Francisco blew away Cincinnati.
Rockies 5, Braves 4 — Todd Helton’s first four-hit game in more than a year included the tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth that lifted host Colorado over Atlanta.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 2 — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer for visiting St. Louis one pitch after injured Pittsburgh starter Ross Ohlendorf was pulled in the first.