Jansen hits game-winning homer in 10th, Blue Jays beat Yankees 3-0
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Jansen hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Long after Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt and Yankees ace Gerrit Cole exited a scoreless duel, Jansen’s fourth homer of the season came on the first pitch he saw from reliever Wandy Peralta (2-1).
The Blue Jays were 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position before Jansen’s drive, his second game-winning hit in four days. Jansen’s two-run single in the ninth Sunday gave Toronto a 6-5 win over Atlanta, capping a three-game sweep.
Whit Merrifield reached on Anthony Volpe’s error to begin the bottom of the 10th as automatic runner Cavan Biggio advanced from second to third.
“That’s a play I’ve got to make and a play I’ve made a lot,” New York’s rookie shortstop said.
The Yankees moved left fielder Oswaldo Cabrera into the infield and Alejandro Kirk grounded out to Volpe before Jansen followed with his game-ending shot to left, the first extra-inning homer of his career.
“It’s definitely an exciting feeling,” Jansen said. “We knew going into this series that it’s two good teams going at it. Every game is important.”
Toronto closer Jordan Romano (3-2) tossed two hitless innings for the win as the Blue Jays won in their last at-bat for the fourth time this season and posted their seventh shutout, matching Tampa Bay for most in the majors.
New York lost for the second time in six games. The Yankees went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Bassitt, who pitched a two-hitter against Atlanta in his previous start, went seven innings to extend his career-best scoreless streak to 27. Pitching despite an illness, he allowed three hits, all singles, walked one and struck out seven.
“When my heart rate got up, I had a really bad headache,” Bassitt said. “I basically tried to pitch like a zombie today. I took a ball on purpose and we blew through some mound visits, but that was all in the plan just to get through it.”
The right-hander hasn’t allowed a run since an April 30 home start against Seattle, when he gave up a grand slam in the first inning.
“He’s a dog,” Jansen said. “He’s competitive. He’s so good, so smart.”
Roger Clemens (33 consecutive scoreless innings in 1998) and Dave Stieb (34 straight between 1988 and 1989) are the only pitchers with longer shutout streaks for Toronto.
After first baseman Brandon Belt couldn’t handle Jose Trevino’s broken-bat flare in the seventh, Bassitt pounced on the loose ball and dove into the baseline to tag Trevino out.
Yimi Garcia replaced Bassitt in the eighth but left after issuing a two-out walk to Aaron Judge. Tim Mayza came on and walked the bases loaded before striking out Volpe, who was pinch-hitting.
Volpe redeemed himself after the first two Blue Jays reached in the bottom half, leaping to snare Kirk’s line drive and flipping to second to double off Biggio.
Batting against New York reliever Michael King, Biggio flied out to strand runners at second and third in the ninth.
Cole was pulled after back-to-back base hits to begin the seventh. Clay Holmes came on and retired the next three batters.
“Thankfully, Clay is really, really good at his job,” Cole said.
The first two Blue Jays hitters reached on fielding errors, including one by Cole. But the right-hander retired the next three, striking out two.
Cole allowed seven hits. He walked two and struck out six.
“The opposition is playing a good game, it inspires you to play a good game, too,” Cole said.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain) will come off the injured list Sunday to start in Cincinnati, manager Aaron Boone said. … New York put reliever Ian Hamilton (strained right groin) on the 15-day IL and recalled LHP Nick Rodriguez from Triple-A.
Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did not play after leaving Tuesday’s game with a sore right knee. An MRI on Wednesday revealed no structural damage. Guerrero is day-to-day. … OF Kevin Kiermaier (illness) was not available.
The white maple leaf sign that Judge broke with his eighth-inning home run Tuesday night was repaired before Wednesday’s game. The sign, the logo of a Canadian airline, hangs on the wall of the patio bar on the second level of the outfield seating area.
LHP Nestor Cortes (3-2, 5.53 ERA) starts for New York in the finale of the four-game series Thursday. RHP José Berríos (3-3, 4.70) goes for the Blue Jays. Berríos has a 5.14 ERA in nine career starts against the Yankees.
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