David Price pitched seven beautiful innings allowing just three hits and no runs in Toronto's 6-0 win against the New York Yankees. No team in baseball has had more at bats against the former Rays and Tigers ace than the Yankees, but it turns out that it was Price who was able to take advantage of his familiarity with the Blue Jays' divisional rival.
While both teams were struggling on offense for the first five innings of the game, it was Justin Smoak who came up big as Price's back as his one-man run support. With the game still scoreless in the top of the 6th inning, Smoak stepped to the plate having grounded out and a lined out in his first two at bats of the game. With Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson loading the bases, Smoak hit his first career grand slam to put his team up 4-0.
The Blue Jays have been very fond of the grand slam lately.
The final two runs of the game came from Troy Tulowitzki who also homered in the 7th, and Russell Martin who got Bautista home on an infield single to shortstop in the 8th. Tulowitzki's home run was his third in the eleven games he has played for Toronto since being traded from the Rockies. The only bittersweet part of the Blue Jays rout of the home team was that their manager John Gibbons wasn't there for most of it, as he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning.
The Blue Jays have now won 7 games in a row, are just 2.5 games back from the Yankees' lead in the AL East and their two consecutive wins against the Yankees makes the Jays the first team to win a series against them since early July. If Toronto can pull off the sweep on Sunday, it will be their first 3+ game sweep of the Yankees since May 2003.
The Blue Jays and Yankees wrap up the final game of the series on Sunday at 1:05 pm. Marco Estrada will pitch for Toronto and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for New York.
Be the first to know
Want FREE Fantasy and Betting Advice and Savings Delivered to your Inbox? Sign up for our Newsletter.