Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Martin's pinch-hit RBI single capped an eighth-inning rally that propelled the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees.
All three Toronto runs came in the eighth against New York's usually dependable bullpen, with the final two a result of Martin's infield hit and an error by Yankees third baseman Chase Headley that enabled Edwin Encarnacion to score from second.
Encarnacion had tied the game earlier in the frame with a double off Dellin Betances.
The comeback rewarded R.A. Dickey (1-3) with his first win of the season after the knuckleballer held the Yankees to a run on three hits over eight sharp innings.
Chase Whitley scattered six hits and fanned six through seven scoreless frames for New York, which entered Monday's series opener having won six straight on the road and were 12-0 when leading after seven innings this season.
However, Chris Martin (0-1) surrendered back-to-back one-out singles to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista in the eighth prior to giving way to Betances, whose first pitch Encarnacion was hit in the air and landed just inside the left-field foul line to plate Donaldson and knot the score at 1-1.
"I don't think there's anything I really could have done differently. They just found holes," Betances said.
After Kevin Pillar popped up, Martin hit a hard smash in which Headley made a diving stop but threw low, with the ball bouncing in front of first baseman Garrett Jones as both Bautista and a hustling Encarnacion crossed the plate.
"I'm not going to lie, when I saw (Headley) come up with that ball, I got a little nervous right there," said Martin of the play. "Fortunately, (Jones) didn't make the pick at first base, and we'll take it. We need things to go our way every once in a while."
Brett Cecil then relieved Dickey and retired the side in order in the ninth to notch his second save.
Dickey and Whitley had been locked into a scoreless duel that lasted until the seventh inning, which Carlos Beltran began with a double and was moved up a base on Stephen Drew's groundout. Two batters later, Jones hit a bouncer that deflected off Encarnacion's glove, slowing the ball down enough for Beltran to come home on the out.
Whitley kept it a 0-0 game by working out of a major jam in the sixth. The Blue Jays put two in scoring position with none out on a Devon Travis single and Donaldson's double to deep center, but the Yankee starter got Bautista to ground out harmlessly and came up with a big strikeout of Encarnacion before Pillar popped up to end the inning.
Toronto also threatened in the third courtesy of a Whitley throwing error that enabled Ezequiel Carrera to reach third on a one-out bunt. Travis then struck out, however, and Whitley retired Donaldson to strand the runner.
Dickey didn't record a single strikeout but had his knuckler working all throughout his best outing of the season. The veteran set down 16 of the first 18 New York hitters, permitting just one hit and a walk over that stretch.
"That's probably as good as I've seen him in three years," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons remarked.
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