New York Yankees proved resilient again against the Toronto Blue Jays, rallying from an early six run deficit to tie their most recent division battle in the late innings. But the game was ultimately decided on one ill-timed defensive miscue in the ninth, which directly led to Toronto's 7-6 win.The
After Jose Reyes doubled off Adam Warren into the right field corner to start the rally, Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. Warren and third baseman Yangervis Solarte came together, with Solarte eventually making an off balance throw that sailed and allowed Reyes to race around with the winner.
Toronto led the game 6-0 after five innings. At that point it seemed Mark Buehrle was on track to win his second career game against New York. He entered Tuesday night 1-11 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 starts against the Yankees, but it wasn't meant to be. The Blue Jays got sloppy as well, and New York pulled even with one in the sixth and five more in the seventh.
''It was sloppy on both sides,'' New York first baseman Mark Teixeira said. ''That was an ugly game to watch. If you're a fan, you should get your money back.''
He probably wouldn't get an argument from his peers on the field, but at the least the Blue Jays can smile about this one. After getting swept last week in New York, they're on the verge of returning the favor this week at home.
CLAYTON KERSHAW FOLLOWS NO-HITTER WITH ANOTHER GEM: Clayton Kershaw's quest for a historic second consecutive no-hitter ended early on Tuesday night. Eric Hosmer singled cleanly to left field with one out in the first inning. From there, it was a night long battle for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, but despite being far from untouchable, he was still effective in the Dodgers 2-0 win against the Kansas City Royals.
''It definitely wasn't easy tonight,'' Kershaw said.
It's never easy in the big leagues, Kershaw just makes it look that way. Despite feeling like he wasn't in control, he still hurled eight shutout innings to extend his personal scoreless innings streak to 21. He allowed six hits, all singles, walked one and struck out eight.
''All night he felt like he was fighting it,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly explained. ''His fastball command wasn't where he wanted it, but typical Clayton.''
Could have fooled the Royals. They only managed mild threats in the fourth and seventh innings, but never could cash in on Kershaw once he hunkered down. With the win, Kershaw improved to 8-2 on the season despite missing five weeks with a back injury. He lowered his ERA to 2.24.
RYAN ZIMMERMAN CARRIES NATIONALS IN 16TH INNING: It was starting to look like the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers had plans to play baseball all night long at Miller Park. However, Ryan Zimmerman quickly changed those plans in the 16th inning when he connected for a go-ahead two-run home run off Mike Fiers that ended up the difference in Washington's 4-2 victory.
The home run was the first of Zimmerman's career in extra innings and only the third of his injury plagued 2014 season. He missed nearly two months with a broken thumb before returning in early June. When he returned, he found himself in a new position, left field, and he made a huge impact there as well early Wednesday morning when he sprawled out to rob Martin Maldonado of a hit in the same 16th inning.
It was an all Zimmerman ending for Washington after Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann started the night with eight innings of two-run ball. Anthony Rendon was their other big hero, as he delivered the game-tying solo homer in the eighth.
Meanwhile, down in Phoenix, the Arizona Diamondbacks needed 14 innings to top the Cleveland Indians 9-8. Aaron Hill drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly off of Mark Lowe, who was Cleveland's 10th pitcher in the game. Josh Collmentor, Arizona's ninth pitcher, picked up the win.
COLON AND COMPANY CLOBBER A'S: Bartolo Colon is turning into a dual threat before our very eyes. After collecting his first hit in nine seasons during his last start against the ... Colon officially has a hitting streak going after singling off Oakland A's reliever Jim Johnson on Tuesday. Of course, that was just one of 12 Mets' hits as they cruised to a 10-1 victory.
Returning from a short stint in the minors, catcher Travis d'Arnaud delivered the biggest hit of the game, a three-run homer off Scott Kazmir in the third inning. Curtis Granderson also homered and drove in three. Outfielder Chris Young, whose roster spot was speculated to be in jeopardy after a slow start to the season muscled up for two solo home runs.
On the hill, Colon pitched eight innings of one-run ball to pick up his eighth win. He allowed four hits and struck out eight.
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