The score held through the seventh, when the Blue Jays finally pulled Ricky Romero. Curtis Granderson lead off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the right field line. Teixeira grounded out, moving Granderson to third. Alex Rodriguez struck out, but Cano lined a RBI double to center. Martin singled, plating Cano and the Yankees trailed just 4-3 as they headed into the ninth.
With one out, Jorge Posada pinch hit for Eduardo Nunez. Posada drove a double to right and was replaced by Chris Dickerson on the bases. Derek Jeter grounded out, but moved Dickerson to third. Granderson then hit a single past the Blue Jays’ first and second basemen tying the game. Teixeira followed with a single to the same spot, which deflected off Rivera’s glove for the walk-off 5-4 win – and of course some pie!
Bronx Cheers: Derek Jeter: Jeter went 0-5 with a strikeout and three left on base.
Nick Swisher: Swisher’s slumping season continues, as he went 0-4 with a strikeout.
Curtain Calls: Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 4-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. He tied the game up with a single in the ninth, stole a base and scored the winning run. It wasn’t all good for Grandy, however, as he was caught stealing and was picked off.
Mark Teixeira: Teix had the winning hit (and he sure did hustle to first for it) and was the recipient of the post-game interview pie. He went 2-4 with a walk and a RBI.
Russell Martin: Martin went 2-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs. He started the Yankees’ offense in the early part of the game and was part of the Yankees’ eighth inning rally.
Jorge Posada: Jorgie came through in a big way when he pinch hit in the ninth. Not only did he start the rally, but he made it to second when Toronto didn’t play the ball cleanly.
In The On Deck Circle: The Yankees wrap up their home stand on Wednesday, when they play the rubber match with the Toronto Blue Jays. Freddy Garcia takes the ball for New York, as he tries to build on a solid outing against the Mets last Friday. He went seven innings and gave up just two runs on five hits, while using just 95 pitches. Garcia does not have a great track record against the Blue Jays (6-6, 6.06 ERA), but has faced many of the team’s current batters just a handful of times. Toronto has tapped Jo-Jo Reyes to start in the final game of the series. Reyes is still searching for his first win of the season, and is actually winless in 27 straight starts. He is making his first appearance against the Yankees, however, which often proves to be problematic for the New York offense. First pitch is at 1:05pm in the Bronx.