Francisco Cervelli and Vernon Wells reached home on a throwing error by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup, giving the New York Yankees a 5-3 win in the 11th inning of their Major League Baseball contest.
The New York Mets fell 7-6 to Washington last night as the Nationals’ Bryce Harper hit two home runs at Citi Field in New York.
At Rogers Centre in Toronto, Wells gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second on a solo home run. Kevin Youkilis added two more runs on a single to left in the fifth inning before he left the game in the bottom of the sixth with tightness in his lower back.
The Blue Jays (7-11) scored three runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3 as Rajai Davis hit a run-scoring single and Melky Cabrera drove in two on his single to center.
In the 11th inning, Loup fielded Ichiro Suzuki’s sacrifice bunt and then threw it away into left field as he tried to get a force out on Wells at third.
“I was shocked,” Wells said about Loup trying to make the play at third. “You know what? You get in the moment and you make an aggressive play like that, and sometimes it works out. You look great when it works out, and bad when it doesn’t.”
Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a perfect two-thirds inning for the win and Mariano Rivera allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth for his fifth save for the Yankees (10-6).
Loup (1-1) allowed two runs on two hits for the loss.
At Citi Field, Ian Desmond hit a solo home run in the second and Harper added two runs with his first homer in the third inning and added a game-winning solo home run in the eighth.
“He crushed a couple of balls. What a day he had,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson about the 20-year-old Harper.
Collin Cowgill and Justin Turner each hit two-run singles and Daniel Murphy drove in Ruben Tejada in a five-run fourth inning for the Mets.
Adam LaRoche returned the lead to the Nationals with a three-run homer in the fifth, while John Buck tied it at 6-6 in the seventh with a run-scoring double before Harper’s shot in the eighth.
Tyler Clippard (1-0) walked one and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and Rafael Soriano picked up his sixth save, walking one in the ninth for the Nationals (10-7).
Josh Edgin (0-1) gave up Harper’s second home run and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings for the Mets (8-8).