The Yankees keep pouring it on, extending the largest lead in the majors to nine games as they opened a three-game series with the Blue Jays with a 6-3 victory.
|Ibanez: Grand Slam|
Part of the reason the 55-34 Yankees have the best record in baseball is beacuse of their deep bench, which includes players like Raul Ibanez, a professional hitter in his 15th full season.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Ibanez took a 3-1 offering from Toronto reliever Jason Frasor deep to right field for a grand slam, breaking a 2-2 tie and leading to the the win.
Playing regularly since injury sidelined Brett Gardner early in the season, Ibanez has 12 homers and 40 RBI and has been a key contributor from the middle and bottom of the lineup.
Races in the National League are all close, with the Nationals; 2 1/2 game edge over Atlanta in the East the largest margin.
|Montero: 3-4 4RBI|
Catcher Miguel Montero led the Diamondback hitters with a 3-for-4 effort, including a three-run double in the first inning and a solo homer - his 9th - off Cincy starter Bronson Arroyo.
Arroyo would last only three innings, allowing all five runs off eight hits.
Montero's four RBI gave him 49 on the season.
The Reds and Diamondbacks continue their series Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.