New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Dioner Navarro delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays took two of three from the New York Yankees with a 5-4 win Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Navarro hit David Robertson’s 1-2 pitch to right center, bringing home Jose Bautista for the game-winning run as the Blue Jays (56-50) captured a series in the Bronx for the first time since Aug. 27-29, 2012.
The Blue Jays, who snapped a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium Saturday, also won consecutive road games against the Yankees for the first time since Aug. 2-3, 2010. The win was Toronto’s first series victory on the road since June 3-5 in Detroit.
Navarro has 11 hits over his past seven games and is hitting .339 (19-for-56) with five doubles, two homers and eight RBIs since July 8.
Reliever Aaron Sanchez (2-0) earned the win after a two-inning stint while Casey Janssen got the final three outs for his 16th save of the season. Starter J.A. Happ lasted 5 1/3 frames, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Robertson (1-3) absorbed the loss as the Yankees slipped to 54-50, 3.5 games behind AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. Starter Shane Greene allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Bautista gave the Blue Jays an early lead with an RBI grounder in the first inning before Juan Francisco doubled their lead with a solo shot in the fifth.
However, the Yankees tied the game at 2 with behind back-to-back homers by Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli in the bottom part of the fifth.
In the eighth, Munenori Kawasaki’s fly ball to left field brought Colby Rasmus home as Toronto took a 4-3 lead.
That lead proved to be short-lived as Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single against rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez to tie the game.