TORONTO (AP)—The New York Yankees might not be in first place for much longer if they continue to hit like this.
Three of the Yankees’ main producers on offense—Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui—combined to go 1-for-10, with Giambi getting the lone hit—a solo homer. The trio is hitting just .146 (21-for-144) in the last 14 games.
“It’s very unusual. It continues to surprise me. I expect them to break out any minute,” New York manager Joe Torre said. “Hopefully, it happens tomorrow because we certainly need a lift after losing two games.”
New York’s AL East lead was cut to three games over second-place Boston.
“Hopefully, we can get out of this. We’ve still got a full month to go. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to play in the playoffs,” said Williams, in a 7-for-48 slump.
Phelps’ two-run homer in the fourth off Mike Mussina in the fourth cut New York’s lead to 3-2. Phelps has homered in four of his last five games.
“That’s probably the best at-bat I’ve had all year. A lot of frustration got loose right there,” said Phelps, who lost his regular spot in the lineup earlier this year.
Bobby Kielty hit a tying sacrifice fly in the sixth. After Vernon Wells singled off Antonio Osuna (2-5) in the seventh, Myers doubled off Gabe White. Phelps was intentionally walked and Hinske hit his sacrifice fly.
Greg Myers went 3-for-4 for the Blue Jays, who have won the first two games of the three-game series.
Mussina allowed three runs—two earned—in six innings.
“We can’t do any more than we can do,” Mussina said when asked if the pitchers need to make up for the struggling offense. “We need to go deep into the game whether they are struggling or not. Hopefully, it will come around.”
Mussina hit two batters and gave up a single that loaded the bases in the fifth, but Carlos Delgado struck out. Toronto loaded the bases again in thesixth before Kielty hit his sacrifice fly.
Giambi, New York’s first baseman, let an easy pop fly drop in foul territory in the second inning. … Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey introduced a laser light show from a helicopter above SkyDome between the fifth and sixth innings. The light show reflected off the roof of SkyDome and was shown on the Jumbotron, but the Jumbotron lost the feed at one point and fans booed after being unable to clearly see what was being reflected. The Blue Jays have beenpromoting their new logo, which was unveiled Tuesday night.