Ravaged by injuries, the Toronto Blue Jays found themselves in last place as they welcomed the first place Yankees to the Rodgers Centre for a three game set this weekend, and, after losing their first two, had fallen further off the pace.
Enter Rajai Davis, hero of Toronto's 10-7 sweep-avoiding win the the series finale.
|Davis: 5 RBI|
Davis doubled in a pair of runs and scored in Toronto's six-run fourth inning, which put the Jays up by a 7-1 score, then cleared the bases with another double an inning later, finishing the scoring by the Blue Jays.
The Yankees fought back, however, with a run in the fifth and three each in the sixth and seventh. Davis made a spectacular catch in the seventh inning, robbing Casey McGehee of a home run as he leapt to make a catch above the 10-foot-high wall in left center.
The Jays still remain in last place, 14 1/2 games out; the Yankees lead the AL East by five games over the Rays and 5 1/2 over Baltimore.
Neil Walker had a banner day at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a homer, double and three singles. Walker scored twice and drove in a pair of runs as the Pirates erased a 5-0 Padre lead with a run in the third inning (courtesy of a Walker RBI single) and nine runs in the fourth.
Leading off the seventh, Walker sent a blast into the right field stands for his 14th home run of the year, completing the Pirates' scoring.
Pittsburgh picked up a game on Atlanta in the wild card and now trail by two games, but are in line for the #2 wild card spot, ensuring at least a one-game post-season playoff.
With the Reds winning, 3-0, in Chicago, they remain 4 1/2 behind the Reds in the division as they open a four game series with Los Angeles on Monday in Pittsburgh.