Blue Jays drop heartbreaker late to New York Yankees

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The Toronto Blue Jays dropped their first game in many moons on Friday night as a late lead slipped out of their hands against the New York Yankees. A 3-0 lead fell apart with a 4-run New York eighth, capped off by a Carlos Beltran gut-punch to right field.

It’s the end of a record-tying run for the Blue Jays, but if you weren’t entertained by this game, baseball isn’t the sport for you. Toronto took a heartbreaker here, but fought hard through the final out. Now 0.5 games back of the Yanks in the AL East, the Jays will look to take back the division this weekend in front of two sell out crowds. No time like the present to start a new streak…

4. 43. 3. 39. Final

Game notes:

Edwin Encarnacion

made his return to the lineup in this one after missing some time with a nagging finger injury. He continues his impressive second half by picking up a double, and his health will be important as the Blue Jays head to Philadelphia for two games without a DH early next week.

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  • Toronto did all of their damage in the third inning. Troy Tulowitzki got the party started by bringing home Kevin Pillar on a ground ball before Jose Bautista would double him home. Encarnacion then scored Josh Donaldson on a sacrifice fly to put the Jays out ahead 3-0 for much of the evening.
  • David Price toed a fine line for most of his start, but lost his shutout in the eighth inning when Chase Headley brought home Mark Teixeira with a ground-rule double. Aaron Sanchez took over for Price and surrendered a three-run shot to Carlos Beltran that shot the Yankees out in front. After two weeks of baseball during which the Jays seemed untouchable, that one hit with an extra “oof”.
  • The Blue Jays made a ninth-inning push with a walk from Chris Colabello followed by a Kevin Pillar single. After Cliff Pennington took over for Colabello, both runners eventually advanced on a wild pitch with Ben Revere at the dish. After Revere went down swinging, which is a rarity, Troy Tulowitzki’s epic 12-pitch battle with Andrew Miller ended in a strikeout. Tulo wasn’t happy about a called strike earlier in the count, and you can’t blame him.

    B+. Price gave his finest <strong><a href=. . <strong>David Price</strong>. STARTING PITCHER

    C+. I suppose this award has to go to someone, right? Encarnacion stayed red-hot in August and is rounding into one of his trademark streaks. Stay hot, EE!. Game Ball. <strong>Edwin Encarnacion</strong>. OFFENSE

    F. Sanchez threw a sink-free sinker at the wrong time, and unfortunately, that’s all we’ll remember from this game. The right-hander has been downright dominant since his return to the bullpen, but Friday wasn’t his night. Thankfully, this should be little more than a blip on the radar.. Game Ball. <strong>Aaron Sanchez</strong>. BULLPEN

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