Robinson Cano lifted the New York Yankees (84-53) to a second straight 6-4 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays (69-70). The Yankees second baseman laced a two-run double (40) in the bottom of the seventh inning that propelled the Bombers to their third straight win.
The Yankees received another stellar outing from starter Bartolo Colon, who left the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a no decision. Colon tossed 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits-but also striking out seven batters.
Toronto was able to strike for their first two runs in the top of the second, as the Blue Jays used a four-hit inning to plate two runs. New York came roaring back in the bottom of the frame, as catcher Francisco Cervelli continues to provide key hits for the Bombers.
With runners in scoring position, Cervelli lifted a homer (3) to left field that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead. In a back-and-forth affair in the Bronx, the Blue Jays came back in the third as an RBI single by Jose Bautista tied the game at 3-3.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fifth as Dewayne Wise lifted a homer (1) to right center field. Wise was called into action for Toronto in the bottom of the first inning filling in for Eric Thames-who left the game with dizziness.
Toronto held their vice-grip lead until the bottom of the seventh, when for the second straight game Cano recorded the game-winning hit. With runners on first and second the Yankees second baseman laced a double (40) to center field for the 6-4 lead.
Robinson now leads the league in extra-base hits, also now has a seven game hitting streak, along with 101 RBI’s thus far in the season.
The Yankees had a milestone moment in the bottom of the fifth as top-prospect Jesus Montero, making his debut in the Cathedral-recorded his first hit in pinstripes. Montero ripped a breaking ball to right field, off Toronto-ace Ricky Romero (L, 13-10).
Relief pitchers Boone Logan (W, 5-2) and David Robertson (S, 1) combined for three shutout innings, as the Yankees are hoping to start separating themselves from the rest of the competition in the American League East.
Robinson pitched two innings to record his first save of the year, and this third of his career. The young reliever did a nice job-as the Bombers were trying not to use Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano in the game.
The finale on Sunday will feature starter C.C. Sabathia (18-7, 2.99 ERA) takes on Brett Cecil (4-7, 4.51 ERA). The first pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.
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