Are the Jays back in the race?
The menu looked very interesting for the coming week as the Jays were to host the Red Sox for four games and then go to New York, for three…
The first course did not taste very good, as John Farrell’s team clobbered the Jays by a score of 14-1.
The Red Sox left no doubt as far as how the game would end as they took advantage of Drew Hutchison’s wildness, who gave up six runs in less than three innings. Then the Sox added eight more off Brad Mills, jr.
When the Jays announced that Sergio Santos was designated for assignment, it did not surprise anyone since the tall righthander could not get hitters out with any regularity. Since nobody claimed him, he will try to get back on track in Buffalo.
The next day, the Jays cooled off the Red Sox, winning 7-3 to end their four-game winning streak. J.A. Happ shut them out over the first six innings, on seven hits and one walk. He was leading 4-0 when he left the mound.
The Jays exploded for 13 hits, eight against Jake Peavy. Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera led the way with three each while Jose Bautista, Dioner Navarro and Anthony Gose added two each. Reyes and Navarro homered.
Dustin McGowan was solid in relief and Casey Janssen, still not fully recovered from the virus which caused him loose some weight, was touched for a two-run homer by Stephen Drew in the ninth inning. Brett Cecil came in relief to notch his fourth save.
In the third game, despite a rough start, R.A. Dickey registered his eight win of the year, 6-4. He gave up a three-run homer to David Ortiz in the first inning but only another one before he was relieved by young Aaron Sanchez.
The young man pitched two perfect innings and his fastball was clocked at 99 MPH.
Bautista hit his 18th homerun of the season, drove in two runs and Josh Thole got back on track with two hits and a rbi. Ryan Goins hit his first career triple and added an rbi.
Casey Janssen notched his 15th save.
The next day, the Jays won the series as Marcus Stroman gave up only one hit in seven innings and Juan Francisco came within a double of a carrousel. The Jays won easily 8-0.
Melky Cabrera chipped in three more hits and two rbis while Navarro and Goins contributed two hits each.
The Jays ended their seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record.
In New York, the Jays were unable to overcome their problems, despite two homeruns and four rbis by Jose Bautista. They suffered their 17th consecutive loss in the Bronx as Mark Buehrle was tagged for his 12th loss in 13 decisions against the Yankees.
The Jays gave him the lead twice, 3-0 and 4-2, but the veteran southpaw was unable to hold them. He gave up four runs in the third inning on a solo homer by Carlos Beltran and a three-run blast by Ichiro Suzuki.
And the Jays fell into third place.
On Saturday, the Jays’ nightmare in New York ended, but it was not easy. Dan Johnson gave the Jays a 6-4 lead with a three-run shot in the top of the ninth inning, but the Yankees rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on a two-run homer by Beltran, off Casey Janssen.
But when Chase Headley popped out to Reyes, the Jays were able to enjoy a 6-4 win, their first in the Bronx after 17 straight losses.
Drew Hutchison was on top of his game as he registered his seventh win of the year, and the Jays were back, tied with the Yankees, in second place.
Finally, the Jays were won two road games in a row, for the first time since last May.
A very alert Jose Bautista stole second base as David Roberston was ignoring him at first base, in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied, 4-4. He promptly ran home with the winning run as Navarro delivered a timely single and the Jays won 5-4.
It also gave young Aaron Sanchez his first major league win despite the fact he had allowed the Yankees a run in the bottom of the eight inning as the Yankees tied the game at 4-4.
Janssen got his 16th save and the Jays were alone in second place.