Clint Frazier hit a game-ending, two-run homer with two outs within the eleventh inning after making a game-saving catch within the eighth, and the slumping Yankees beat the rival Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3, Tuesday evening.
The righty-hitting Frazier turned on a slider from right-hander Andrew Kittredge (5-1) and stood on the plate to admire the drive, capping a good end through which each groups got here up brief on potential rallies.
A type of stalled efforts got here within the eighth, when Frazier dove and wanted each inch of his mitt to catch Joey Wendle’s soft-hit liner to strand two.
The Yankees ended a four-game slide and beat Tampa Bay within the Bronx for the second time in 11 tries because the begin of final season. The A.L. East-leading Rays remained 4 and a half video games forward of the Yankees with two video games left on this four-game collection.
Tampa Bay had held the Yankees to 3 or fewer runs in seven straight matchups and gained 9 straight in opposition to division foes.
The Yankees offense has struggled so mightily, hitting coach Marcus Thames joked earlier than the sport he has luggage underneath his eyes from a collection of sleepless nights. With simply six hits, this was hardly a clear breakthrough, however the crew additionally drew seven walks to eke out a good win over a division rival.
After slowly jogging across the bases on his homer, Frazier tossed his helmet like a pull-up jumper as he neared teammates ready at house plate, then jumped with them after his second profession walk-off homer. His different got here as a rookie in 2017.
Frazier’s homer lifted his batting common to .185 throughout a troublesome season. It was solely his fifth homer and first since Could 16.
“It’s been an extended season,” Frazier mentioned. “However the folks in right here consider in me.”
Luis Cessa (1-0) shortly labored by way of an ideal prime of the eleventh, the final of seven Yankees pitchers to mix on a three-hitter. The bullpen accounted for six hitless innings.
Mets Lose in Further Innings
PHOENIX — Josh Reddick hit a two-run double within the backside of the tenth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Mets, 6-5, on Tuesday evening.
Arizona overcame a four-run deficit and tied it with two outs within the ninth on an R.B.I. single by Josh Rojas off nearer Edwin Diaz, handed his first blown save in 10 probabilities this season.
“That is a type of push wins you hope provides you just a little little bit of momentum,” Diamondbacks Supervisor Torey Lovullo mentioned after his last-place crew gained for under the third time in 20 video games.
Pavin Smith began the comeback with a three-run homer off Mets starter Marcus Stroman within the sixth.
Moments earlier, Rojas and Stroman bought right into a verbal spat coming off the sphere on the finish of the fifth. The benches and bullpens emptied, however no punches have been thrown.
Rojas mentioned he was making an attempt to “stir the pot,” however declined to disclose what he mentioned to Stroman.
“He was me after I flew out, we made eye contact and had an trade of phrases,” Rojas mentioned. “I wasn’t making an attempt to trigger something main.”
Stroman declined to reply a number of questions concerning the transient skirmish.
“I felt like they have been energized after that,” Lovullo mentioned of his gamers. “There was a distinct degree of focus and focus. Possibly that gave us just a little little bit of a shock remedy to the system.”
Dominic Smith homered and drove in three runs for the Mets, who had gained 5 straight. Francisco Lindor had an R.B.I. triple.
Pinch-hitter James McCann delivered a run-scoring double off winner Alex Younger (2-4) with none out within the prime of the tenth to present the Mets a 5-4 lead, however they have been unable so as to add on.
Smith drew a one-out stroll from Trevor Could (2-2) within the backside half to place two on. Reddick’s double appeared to land proper on the right-field line, scoring computerized runner Eduardo Escobar and Smith.
A replay overview upheld the decision of truthful ball.
“He’s all the time able to compete at one of the best degree he can,” Lovullo mentioned about Reddick. “That’s contagious.”
The Mets, who lead the N.L. East regardless of a rash of accidents, had been 14-0 when main after eight innings.
Blue Jays Depart Open Risk of Return to Toronto
Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro believes there’s an opportunity the crew might lastly return house to Toronto sooner or later this season, whereas cautioning the choice hinges on when Canada will loosen its strict border rules.
Shapiro declined to get into specifics on Tuesday by saying talks between the Blue Jays and Canadian well being officers have change into extra frequent and “definitely extra optimistic” in latest weeks.
In referring to an “underlying degree of optimism” linked to extra Canadians receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, Shapiro careworn probably the most important problem stays the border being closed to nonessential journey.
“Simply give attention to the border, recognizing something round that’s going to be a problem — not inconceivable — however a problem,” he mentioned. “However the one readability exists across the border being open.”
Shapiro spoke earlier than the Blue Jays’ 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, which marked Toronto’s return to taking part in “house” video games at their Class AAA affiliate’s ballpark in Buffalo, N.Y. The Blue Jays made the shift north to flee the warmth and humidity in Florida, after spending the primary two months of the season taking part in out of their spring coaching website in Dunedin.
The Blue Jays haven’t performed in Toronto since closing the 2019 season with an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay on Sept. 29.
Final yr, the Blue Jays have been pressured right into a nomadic existence south of the border after Canadian well being officers barred groups from crossing the border.
On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned his nation gained’t be rushed into reopening its border, which has been closed because the coronavirus pandemic started in March 2020. Canadians returning to their homeland are required to right away spend 14 days in self-quarantine.
The Blue Jays are at the moment dedicated to taking part in in Buffalo by way of July 4, which closes a 10-game homestand. Toronto isn’t scheduled to play a house sport once more till opening a three-game collection in opposition to Texas on July 16.
One change from final yr is the Blue Jays will probably be taking part in in entrance of followers in Buffalo after followers have been barred from attending video games. New York state is permitting about 6,600 followers — representing 35 % capability — to attend video games with quantity increasing to 45 % in two weeks.
“We’d gladly endure hardship and burden to get house,” Shapiro mentioned.