Yankees lose and now share first with O's
Toronto - The Yankees are making the last week of the season very difficult for themselves.
Adeiny Hechavarria doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 3-2 on Saturday, allowing the Baltimore Iroles to tie the Yankees atop the AL East standings.
The Orioles beat the boston Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday night.
"We had chances to blow that game open and we didn't," manager Joe Girardi said. "You look at the opportunities that you have and you say, "We could have a pretty big lead here,' but we didn't do it."
Toronto's Rajai Davis, the ex-New London High and UConn-Avery Point great, homered and had three hits as the Blue Jays heaped more pressure on the Yankees, who wasted several opportunities early.
New York went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
New York's only hits with runners in scoring position were both singles, and neither brought home a run.
"We had some opportunities tonight, couldn't make it happen," Nick Swisher said. "It's not like we're going to get down on ourselves. We've got to keep pushing, come back here (Sunday) with a fire."
Still, even Swisher conceded that New York's margin for error is thin with just four games remaining.
"(Sunday) is going to be a must win," he said. "We put ourselves in this situation, our destiny is in our own hands and we've got to go out and take it. No one is going to give us anything."
Pitching out of the bullpen for the first time in his career, Shawn Hill (1-0) worked three innings of scoreless relief for the win, his first since Sept. 23, 2010. Casey Janssen closed it out for his 21st save in 24 chances.
In all, Toronto got six scoreless innings from its bullpen after left-hander Ricky Romero had to leave with a sore left knee.
"An outstanding job by the bullpen today," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "Shawn Hill gave us a huge lift."
Andy Pettitte's stretch of 11 scoreless innings since his return from a broken lower left leg was halted in the first when Davis hit a one-out solo homer to left, his eighth.
Davis had hits in his first three at-bats after a 4-for-4 night Friday, giving him seven straight hits before he struck out in the seventh.
The Yankees loaded the bases twice in the first inning but managed just a pair of sacrifice flies by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson.
New York loaded the bases again in the third but failed to score, coming up empty when Hechavarria made a diving catch on Eduardo Nunez's sharp liner for the third out.
"When you get a guy on the ropes early on you want to capitalize," Alex Rodriguez said.
"It's never a good sign when you let the other team hang around a little bit."
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