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Ibanez’s Grand Slam In 8th Lifts Yankees

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Raul Ibanez broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out grand slam to the second deck in right field as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-3 on Monday night in the Bronx.

For New York, it was their seventh win in the last nine games as their AL East lead has grown to nine games over the Orioles.

Aaron Loup (0-1) was dealt loss, although Ibanez’s slam was served up by Jason Frasor.

Russell Martin had a solo homer off and Robinson Cano extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games with an RBI double in the third inning.

Adam Lind homer for the Jays, whose best player Jose Bautists exited the game during an at bat in the top of the eighth. Bautista crushed a pitch foul, then crumbled to the ground with an apparent wrist injury. YES Network analyst Paul O’Neil speculated that Bautista could have broken a small bone in his hand, saying he’d seen the injury occur to teammates in the past in a similar fashion.

Cody Eppley pitched himself into a jam in the ninth before Rafeal Soriano came in to close it for his 23rd save, making a winner of David Robertson (1-3) for the first time on the season.


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