New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran Andy Pettitte pitched six innings of one-run ball as the New York Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-3 win Thursday at Yankees Stadium.
Pettitte (9-9) allowed four hits with three walks and three strikeouts as the Yankees (68-59) notched their fifth straight win and first series sweep since July 1-4 against the Minnesota Twins.
The Yankees are six games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and 3 ½ games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s in the race for wild-card spots.
Eduardo Nunez knocked in two runs while Curtis Granderson homered and scored two runs for the Yankees, who completed the sweep after a three-hour, 32-minute rain delay.
After throwing three perfect frames, Jays starter J.A. Happ (3-3) struggled in the ensuing innings, yielding four runs on three hits with five walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. With their fifth straight loss, the Blue Jays slipped to 57-71.
The Blue Jays finished the game without manager John Gibbons and left-hander Mark Buehrle in the dugout after they argued a call on a fly ball hit to Rajai Davis during the fifth inning.
Former Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells hit a sinking line drive to center field that Davis charged and made a sliding attempt to grab.
Replays would later show that Davis did come up with the ball, but second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez said the veteran trapped it and did not make a clean catch. The play was officially ruled as a fielder’s choice, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
Gibbons was then ejected for the fifth time this season after arguing with Marquez. Buehrle soon followed Gibbons to the locker room after he was ejected by third-base umpire Ted Barrett for arguing from the dugout.
Happ then issued back-to-back walks to Alex Rodriguez and Granderson in the sixth before Nunez hit a two-run single for a 4-1 lead. Chris Stewart then hit an RBI groundout to make it a four-run game.
The Blue Jays got two runs back off Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley in the seventh inning, but Boone Logan came on in relief and struck out pinch-hitter Adam Lind to end the threat.