What was supposed to be a triumphant return of sorts for Derek Jeter turned out to be a bitter loss for the New York Yankees.
Pouncing on fifth-inning fielding error for Ichiro Suzuki, the Blue Jays took advantage and knocked in three runs in the same inning. It was just the third error for Suzuki this season; the Japanese outfielder has never had more than five errors per season in his 13-year Major League career.
Derek Jeter was selected to his 13th All-Star Game this year.
"If I could have just gone straight home from right field, I would have," Suzuki told the media through a translator.
It just looked like he jumped for it and maybe he didn't have to. Maybe he was closer to the wall than he thought," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said later.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th career homer in the fifth inning. A-Rod is now just 10 home runs away from tying Willie Mays on the career list, an achievement that guarantees a bonus of $6 million for the Yankees slugger. Despite his personal milestone, however, Rodriguez's Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 away games for August.
In contrast, Toronto is dead last in the league at 59-73. The Blue Jays snapped a ten-game losing streak to its rivals across the border dating back to April 21, 2013.
"Everything fell in line tonight," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. He singled out pitcher R.A. Dickey, who knuckleballed his way to two runs, one earned, and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, his best game since an August 5 road win against Seattle.
So effective was Dickey's pitching that even Jeter was impressed.
"Unfortunately for us, we couldn't figure out the knuckleball."
Despite the loss, Jeter tried to keep himself upbeat.
"I will try to do as much as I can to keep them strong this last month," Jeter said.
"But all I can do is go out and play this last month and hope that everything is fine... So let's move forward and hopefully there's no more issues."
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