Late grand slam lifts Yankees over Blue Jays
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees had scored three-or-more runs in 39 consecutive games coming in, and that impressive stretch appeared in jeopardy Monday.
But that all changed with one mammoth swing of the bat.
Raul Ibanez smacked a go-ahead, no-doubt grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game set.
On the day that Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak came to an end 71 years ago, Robinson Cano extended his career-high hitting streak to 19 games with two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Russell Martin clubbed a solo homer for the Yankees, who have tallied 43 round-trippers over their past 22 contests. They've won seven of their last nine games.
Three-time All-Star Jose Bautista left the game in the eighth inning with an apparent left wrist injury. It occurred as he belted a long foul ball to left. He went down immediately and writhed in pain before being replaced by Ben Francisco.