Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ryan Goins Lifts Blue Jays Over Yankees; Travis Shaw Powers Brewers Past Cardinals

Players of the Day for Monday, May 1, 2017

American League
Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins drove in four runs with a two-run homer and the rare score of two players on a sac fly as the Toronto Blue Jays opened a three-game series in New York with a 7-1 win over the Yankees.

The Blue Jays, entering the game with an 8-17 mark, the worst start of any major league team, got going in the second inning when Goins cracked his second home run of the season with a man aboard off Yankee starter Luis Severino.

In the sixth, Goins took a 3-0 offering to the wall in center field, caught by Jacoby Ellsbury, who fell and was unable to throw out either Justin Smoak from third or Devon Travis, who scored all the way from second base.

Meanwhile, Toronto starter, Marco Estrada kept the Yanks at bay, allowing seven hits but just one run through seven innings.

The Yankee loss and Baltimore's 5-2 win at Boston dropped New York into second place, a game behind the Orioles in the AL East. The Yankees will try to even the score with Toronto in game two, Tuesday night at 7:10 pm ET at Yankee Stadium.

National League

Travis Shaw
With the Cubs losing, 10-2, to the Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of the opening to tie Chicago for first place in the NL Central via a 10-inning, 7-5 victory at St. Louis.

After the teams finished nine innings tied at 4-4, Milwaukee third baseman, Travis Shaw, delivered the decisive blow, a three-run homer - his seventh of the season - in the top of the 10th.

St. Louis responded with a solo shot by Jedd Gyorko, but the Cards could not rally further.

Shaw, in his first year as a Brewer after two seasons in Boston, is off to a solid start, batting .263 with 21 RBI on a Milwaukee team that leads the majors in home runs (47) and is second in the NL in RBI (137).

The win by the 14-13 Brewers leaves them and the Cubs a game better than the Red and Cardinals in the division. Pittsburgh is two back.

The Brewers and Cardinals play game two of their four-game series Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis at 8:15 pm ET.

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