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Gose and Lind homer as Blue Jays beat Yankees

The Canadian Press
9/19/2013 10:28:23 PM
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TORONTO -- Anthony Gose hit a solo homer and Adam Lind belted a three-run shot as the Toronto Blue Jays put a dent in New York's playoff hopes with a 6-2 win over the Yankees on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.

Gose gave Toronto a two-run lead in the sixth inning and Lind followed an inning later with a rainbow shot as the Blue Jays (70-82) took the rubber game of the three-game series.

Gose had three of Toronto's 10 hits and starter Todd Redmond (4-2) worked seven solid innings for the victory, allowing four hits while striking out seven.

New York (80-73) is one of six teams in the hunt for the two American League wild-card spots. The Yankees entered play 2 1/2 games behind Texas and 3 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (11-12) helped snuff out a potential Toronto rally in the first inning. With Jose Reyes on third and Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., on first base, the New York starter snared a comebacker and threw home to catcher Chris Stewart.

Reyes was caught in no-man's land and dived back to third base, getting there just after Lawrie slid into the bag. Lawrie was tagged out by Mark Reynolds while Reyes -- sprawled beside the bag -- was also tagged by the New York third baseman to complete the unusual double play.

Alfonso Soriano opened the second inning with a drive down the left-field line but Gose gathered the ball and threw a strike to second baseman Ryan Goins for the tag. The Blue Jays later turned a nice 3-6-1 double play to get out of the inning.

Toronto used its speed to help score a pair of runs in the third inning. Gose singled and scored from first base when Reyes doubled to the gap in left-centre field.

Munenori Kawasaki dropped a sacrifice bunt down the third-base line to get Reyes to third. Reyes then came across on a Lawrie groundout. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs before Goins struck out swinging.

Redmond kept the Yankees in check over the first five innings. Curtis Granderson cut Toronto's lead in half in the sixth inning with a solo shot, his seventh home run of the season.

Gose answered with a homer in the bottom half of the frame off Kuroda, who allowed three earned runs and eight hits over six innings.

New York reliever Joba Chamberlain came on in the seventh but was unable to record an out. He walked Kawasaki and gave up a single to Lawrie before Lind crushed his 22nd homer of the season.

Sergio Santos tossed a spotless inning of relief in the eighth for the Blue Jays.

Relievers Luis Perez and Jeremy Jeffress couldn't nail things down in the ninth as New York loaded the bases with one out. Casey Janssen got Vernon Wells to ground out weakly to second base, allowing Alex Rodriguez to score.

Janssen then locked up his 32nd save by getting Lyle Overbay on a grounder to first. Announced attendance was 32,003 and the game took two hours 53 minutes to play.

Notes: Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the year, was presented with a soapstone carving made by Inuit sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun before the game. A video montage was played during the presentation and Rivera received a $10,000 donation to his charitable foundation. "He's a class act," Jays manager John Gibbons said before the game. "He carries himself like a champ." ... The roof was open at Rogers Centre. ... The Blue Jays closed out the nine-game homestand with a 3-6 record. ... Toronto will kick off a three-game weekend series in Boston on Friday night. Esmil Rogers (5-7) is scheduled to start for the Blue Jays against Jon Lester (14-8).

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