Derek Jeter shines, but Yankees fall short

Derek Jeter, the beloved Yankees captain in the midst of his last regular-season homestand, gave fans another milestone to remember Saturday but New York ultimately fell short against Toronto.

AFP| Updated: Sep 21, 2014, 09:43 AM IST
Derek Jeter shines, but Yankees fall short

New York: Derek Jeter, the beloved Yankees captain in the midst of his last regular-season homestand, gave fans another milestone to remember Saturday but New York ultimately fell short against Toronto.

Jeter, who will retire at the end of this season, moved into sole possession of ninth place on Major League Baseball`s all-time runs scored list in the third inning, his 1,920th career run taking him past Alex Rodriguez.

With two outs, Jeter reached base on an infield single that glanced off of the glove of Blue Jays second baseman Steve Tolleson.

He moved to second on a wild pitch and slid into home on New York catcher Brian McCann`s single to left.

Jeter, Francisco Cervelli and McCann drove in a run apiece for the Yankees, but it wasn`t enough in a 6-3 defeat that ended New York`s three-game winning streak.

Danny Valencia knocked in two runs for the Blue Jays, who snapped a six-game skid.

Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, four runs scored and three walks.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman gave up two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.

Trailing 2-1, Toronto scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead for good.

Bautista led off the seventh with a homer to make it 5-2.

The Blue Jays tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Navarro`S single scored Bautista.

In the bottom of the ninth, the sellout crowd of 47,292 at Yankee Stadium was chanting Jeter`s name as he went to the plate against Toronto relief pitcher Brandon Morrow.

Jeter belted a double to left that scored Brett Gardner, but Morrow was lifted for Casey Janssen who recorded the final two outs.

Since snapping an 0-for-28 streak on Wednesday, Jeter is 7-for-15 at the plate.

His batting average is up to .254 and he has 3,457 career hits.

"He`s turned it around again," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You`re seeing it again. The guy never stops fighting and never (stops) believing in himself.

"Obviously, it`s an attitude that is infectious. It`s an attitude that you want in your players."

But Yankees fans may be getting their last glimpse of Jeter at home in this series against Toronto and next week`s three-game series against Baltimore.

The Yankees finish the season with three games at American League East rivals Boston -- and New York are 4 and a half games back in the race for an American League wild card berth with only eight games to play.