Blue Jays 10, Yankees 3
TORONTO (AP)—Even Chris Hammond wishes the Yankees would just hurry up and trade for a reliever.
New York’s bullpen gave up six runs in the eighth inning, and Toronto’s Roy Halladay won his 13th straight decision as the Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory Saturday.
“I hear the bullpen talk. It’s something you can’t avoid,” said Hammond, who admitted he and his fellow Yankees relievers even talk about it in the bullpen. “I hear that we need help. I finally just said ‘Quit telling me, I’m sick of hearing it.’ If they are going to do it, do it.”
Hammond didn’t get an out in the eighth. He allowed three runs.
The 37-year-old left-hander strongly suggested the bullpen needs help.
“To stay in first place you have to feel confident all of the time or most of the time,” Hammond said.
Jason Giambi hit his 25th home run for the Yankees, who entered the day two games ahead of Boston for first place in the AL East.
Yankees manager Joe Torre said the bullpen is too green.
“Knowing that we do have inexperience there, the other guys come in and try to do too much,” Torre said.
The Blue Jays, who had 14 hits, broke the game open in the eighth.
Halladay (13-2) became the first 13-game winner in the majors. He hasn’t lost in 17 starts since April 15 against New York.
“It’s really not something I’ve looked back on, and maybe I won’t until the end of the season,” Halladay said.
The 26-year-old right-hander is the first Toronto pitcher to win 13 straight decisions since Roger Clemens won a club-record 15 in a row in 1998.
Halladay allowed two runs on four hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking none.
“It was a fun game for me, coming out and knowing you are facing one of the best teams in baseball. It’s a good challenge,” Halladay said.
Halladay would have been a strong candidate to start the All-Star game for the AL, but he pitched on three days’ rest. He might not even pitch an inning Tuesday in Chicago.
Mussina allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings.
Wells hit his 23rd home run in the first inning, tying a career high he set last year. Johnson’s two-out RBI single in the fourth gave Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Halladay allowed just one hit until Derek Jeter singled with two outs in thesixth and Giambi followed with his home run.
Yankees outfielder Raul Mondesi has mild tendinitis in his left wrist and is day-to-day. Mondesi was hurt swinging in his last at-bat Friday night. … New York activated Osuna from the 15-day disabled list. He had been sidelined by a strained right groin since June 14. Osuna allowed three runs on three hits. He got one out. … The last major league pitcher to win 13 straight decisions was Clemens, who won 16 in a row with the Yankees en routeto a 20-3 record and his sixth Cy Young Award in 2001.