Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - R.A. Dickey prevailed in a pitcher's duel with
Andy Pettitte, and the Toronto Blue Jays struck the latest blow to the New
York Yankees' playoff hopes with a 2-0 victory that opened a three-game series
at Rogers Centre.
Dickey (13-12) yielded just four hits and two walks while striking out eight
over seven scoreless innings, sending the sputtering Yankees to a fourth
straight loss after Casey Janssen struck out the side in the ninth.
New York entered the day 2 1/2 games back of Texas for the AL's second wild
card and 3 1/2 behind Tampa Bay in the race, with the Rangers and Rays
squaring off Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
Pettitte (10-10) gave the Yankees a chance by firing 6 2/3 effective innings,
with the veteran's lone mistake a solo homer to Colby Rasmus in the bottom of
the fourth. Rajai Davis added a solo shot later on and finished 2-for-4 in the
win, only the Blue Jays' fourth in 17 meetings with New York this season.
Rasmus broke a scoreless deadlock with his third homer in as many games, a
towering blast into the second deck in right with one out in the bottom of the
fourth. Pettitte was able to keep the Blue Jays at bay for the remainder of
his stint, aided by a nifty sliding catch from center fielder Curtis
Granderson on Brett Lawrie's sinking liner that ended the fifth with the
speedy Davis on second.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi removed Pettitte with two out and none on in the
seventh following the lefty's 110th pitch. Shawn Kelley came on in relief and
was promptly greeted by a long home run from Davis that extended the lead to
New York had Dickey in trouble early on, loading the bases with two out before
the knuckleballer fanned Mark Reynolds to end the threat. The Yankees stranded
two more runners in the second.
Dickey was masterful from that point on, striking out the side in third and
retiring the final 11 batters he faced before giving way to Sergio Santos to
begin the eighth.
The Yankees mustered only a pair of singles over the final seven innings.
Davis is 12-for-23 lifetime against Pettitte, who was dealt his first loss
since Aug. 5 at the White Sox despite a seventh consecutive quality start ...
Pettitte also lost for just the second time (7-2) in his last 10 outings
against Toronto dating back to August of 2009, with three of those wins coming
this season ... The Blue Jays ended the seasons of first baseman/DH Edwin
Encarnacion and reliever Brett Cecil by placing both on the 15-day disabled
list before the game. Encarnacion is headed for surgery to repair cartilage
damage in his left wrist, while Cecil is bothered by a sore elbow ... The
Yankees are 4-14 in their last 18 games when failing to hit a home run.
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