NEW YORK -- Aaron Sanchez was still stewing in the dugout as the Toronto Blue Jays mounted a threat in the top of the ninth inning Sunday. The rookie reliever was the reason why the Blue Jays were in a tie game instead of trying to add to one-run lead.
Toronto's rally in the top of the ninth for a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees enabled Sanchez to record his first career victory in his second career appearance and first at Yankee Stadium.
"These guys picked me up, but this is such an awesome feeling right now to get my first win, especially at Yankee Stadium," Sanchez said.
Sanchez pitched two innings for the second time. He got three ground-ball outs in the seventh against the bottom of New York's order but gave up a single to Brett Gardner and lost a 4-3 lead when Carlos Beltran slapped a single to left field on 1-1 fastball that reached 98 mph.
"That was a good pitch," Sanchez said. "That was Carlos Beltran. He's a good hitter, and he did exactly what he's supposed to do with that pitch.
Manager John Gibbons said of Sanchez, "He looked good. I was very impressed with his poise first time in Yankee Stadium, so that was big for him. This is no easy place for guys to come in. Beltran's a pretty good hitter, and the good ones, that's what they do."
Sanchez's first appearance was Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. He retired Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli on fly balls in the seventh, and then struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth.
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Blue Jays (RHP R.A Dickey, 8-10, 4.04 ERA) at Red Sox (RHP Clay Buchholz, 5-6, 5.50 ERA)
--LHP J.A. Happ pitched well despite getting a no-decision Sunday in Toronto's 5-4 victory over the Yankees. He allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed home runs to Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli in the fifth innings, snapping his streak of 31 innings without giving up a home run. It also marked the third and fourth home run against him in 51 innings.
--OF Nolan Reimold was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday after being out since July 11 with a strained calf. The Blue Jays claimed Reimold off waivers from Baltimore earlier this month, and he had 12 at-bats before getting hurt. He did not play Sunday in the series finale against the Yankees.
--LHP Esmil Rogers was designated for assignment for the second time this season, this time making room for the return of OF Nolan Reimold from the disabled list. Rogers also was designated for assignment in May. He had a 6.97 ERA in 16 appearances for the Blue Jays this season, though he didn't get into a game during his latest major league stint.
--RF/1B Jose Bautista is fine playing first base, which he did for six innings Sunday. Bautista made his fifth appearance of the season there and had six putouts. He drew a walk Sunday, and he finished with four hits and three walks in the weekend series against the Yankees. In his past nine games since July 19, Bautista is hitting .367 (11-for-30) with three home runs and seven RBIs.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was trying to put the ball in play and make something happen. The last thing I wanted to do was to strike out and Bautista did a great job swiping that bag and getting in scoring position, and I was fortunate enough to get a base hit to right field." -- C Dioner Navarro, whose game-winning, ninth-inning hit Sunday drove in 1B/RF Jose Bautista, who stole second base with Navarro at the plate. The Blue Jays edged the Yankees 5-4.
--1B Edwin Encarnacion (strained right quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6. An MRI revealed a strain but no significant damage. He started riding a stationary bike and swinging off a tee the weekend of July 19-20. He might be able to return in late July.
--DH Adam Lind (non-displaced fracture in his right foot) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8. He has had the walking boot removed and is swinging off a tee. He might be able to return in late July.
--OF Cole Gillespie (abdominal strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7.
--2B Brett Lawrie (fractured right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list June 23. He is expected to be sidelined until mid- to late July. He began taking ground balls July 20. He might be able to return in early August.
--RHP Brandon Morrow (torn tendon sheath in right index finger) went on the 60-day disabled list May 4. Morrow rejoined the team June 24 to continue his throwing program. He will go to the team training site in Dunedin, Fla., around July 26 to increase the intensity of his workouts with the hopes of having him available for some late-season work as a reliever.
--INF Maicer Izturis (sore left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18. He underwent surgery to repair a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament April 23.
RHP R.A. Dickey
RHP Drew Hutchison
LHP Mark Buehrle
LHP J.A. Happ
RHP Marcus Stroman
RHP Casey Janssen (closer)
LHP Aaron Loup
RHP Todd Redmond
RHP Dustin McGowan
LHP Brett Cecil
LHP Rob Rasmussen
RHP Aaron Sanchez
1B Jose Bautista
2B Munenori Kawasaki
SS Jose Reyes
3B Juan Francisco
INF Dan Johnson
INF Ryan Goins
LF Melky Cabrera
CF Colby Rasmus
RF Anthony Gose
OF/INF Steve Tolleson
OF Nolan Reimold
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