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Justin Smoak hits a grand slam, Jays beat Yankees

The win puts the Jays just 2.5 games back from the Yankees.

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

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David Price gets his second start for the Jays and second great start. He went 7 innings, allowed just 3 singles with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. He was having a bit of trouble with a rather small strike zone, but he still managed to go 7 scoreless innings, against the second best offense in the AL.

Aaron Sanchez pitched a quick, clean 8th. Ryan Goins made a very nice play, jumping to corral a ground ball and making the throw to first while in the air, to get the first out of the inning.

Mark Lowe got the 9th, getting a strikeout in his clean inning and two ground outs.

On offense, we didn't do much until the 6th inning when a Josh Donaldson walk, Jose Bautista single and Edwin Encarnacion walk loaded the bases for Justin Smoak who had been in a long slump, but Smoak hit a grand slam. Apparently the Blue Jays first grand slam at either Yankee Stadium. That's hard to believe.

Up until the 6th, the Jays were having troubles with Ivan Nova. The Yankees should have pulled him, when he loaded the bases, but I'm happy they didn't. They have used a lot of relievers, over the past few days, I'd imagine they were hoping Nova could finish the inning.

Troy Tulowitzki had a solo homer in the 7th.

In the 8th, Jose Bautista singled (actually official scorer called it an error on Brendan Ryan, I thought single, it was hit hard) and he went to 3rd (nifty bit of base running by Jose) on Edwin's single to left. After a Smoak double play, Russell Martin got an infield single to score Jose.

In the 7th, Edwin's finger was clearly hurting, on the swing before the single, I thought he should have come out of the game. I wonder if he will sit tomorrow, we have an off-day Monday so he would get 2 days off. I'd like us to be careful with Edwin, though he is hitting great, might be tough to talk him into taking a break.

The other happening of note, John Gibbons was ejected, between innings, in the middle of the 3rd. He came out to talk/complain about a swinging strike call on Josh Donaldson. He handled it right, didn't get into the umpire's face, talked from a distance, but was thrown out right away.

Jays of the Day: Price (.311 WPA) and Smoak (.240).

No suckage Jays, Ben Revere had the low score, at -.078, for an 0 for 4.

We are just 2.5 games back from the Yankees.

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