NEW YORK - It took 18 attempts spread over two calendar years but the Toronto Blue Jays finally won a game at Yankee Stadium Saturday.
With Drew Hutchison pitching his best game in more than three weeks, the Jays snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh on a Dan Johnson infield single, then broke it open in the ninth on Johnson’s first home run of the season to win 6-4.
The last time Toronto had won a game in the Bronx was Aug. 29, 2012 in the finale of a three game series. They lost three in September of ‘12, then all 10 games they played here in 2013. Last month, they were swept in a three-game series and when they lost on Friday night, the streak was at 17 games.
The go-ahead rally in the seventh was more the result of Yankee mistakes than of Blue Jay brilliance as New york gave away two extra outs. With the score tied 2-2, Shawn Kelley came on in relief of starter Chris Capuano. Kelley walked Melky Cabrera, the first batter he faced, and then gave up a double to Jose Bautista, putting runners at second and third with nobody out. Dioner Navarro then hit a groundball to Yankee first baseman Brian McCann. Mindful of Cabrera at third, McCann hesitated too long and Navarro sneaked past him and was safe at first, loading the bases.