Bautista helps Blue Jays beat Yankees 9-5 in final game in Toronto
Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits a single in front of an applauding crowd against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Toronto. This may be Bautista's last home game as a Blue Jay. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jon Blacker
Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:11PM EDT
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista had two hits, drove in one run and scored another to help lift the Blue Jays to a 9-5 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday in what was likely his final home game in a Toronto uniform.
Bautista, a six-time all-star and two-time silver slugger, was met by a loud ovation each time he stepped to the plate. He brought back Usher's "OMG" as his walk-up music -- the song he used during his 54-homer 2010 season.
Bautista walked in the third and scored on a three-run double from Russell Martin, then drove in Teoscar Hernandez with a bases-loaded single in Toronto's four-run fourth inning. He nearly scored later in the frame but was tagged out at home plate. The Blue Jays challenged the call, which was upheld after a video review.
Bautista singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch in the first inning, flied out to right in the sixth, and hit a high pop out in the eighth in his final at-bat.
Bautista was replaced by Ezequiel Carrera in right field after Roberto Osuna got the first out of the ninth, hugging each of his teammates as he left the field and waving at the fans as he stepped into the dugout.
The 36-year-old signed a one-year deal with Toronto prior to the 2017 season that includes a mutual option for 2018 that's unlikely to be picked up.
Bautista waved to the crowd of 47,394 when he took his spot in right field before the game. The Blue Jays close out the season with a pair of three-game series in Boston and New York next week.
Marcus Stroman (13-8), who was wearing a black Bautista jersey during warmups in the bullpen, allowed three runs, five hits and four walks and struck out two through 5 2/3 innings.
Stroman, three innings shy of reaching 200 for a second straight year, left the field to a loud ovation after walking Todd Frazier. He clapped at the fans and tapped his chest as he disappeared into the dugout.
Hernandez led off the game with a homer for Toronto (73-83), Morales added two runs batted in, Josh Donaldson drove in one and Darwin Barney hit a sacrifice fly.
Jaime Garcia (5-10) lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, five runs and three walks with four strikeouts.
Aaron Judge hit two homers and drove in three, Greg Bird had an RBI and Didi Gregorius cashed in a run for the Yankees (86-69).
Hernandez hit the first leadoff homer of his career in the first inning, sending an 1-0 pitch from Garcia over the centre-field wall for a 1-0 Blue Jays led. Barney's sac fly cashed in Kevin Pillar the following inning to put Toronto up 2-0.
Garcia's day ended promptly in the third inning when he loaded the bases on a double and two walks with one out. Jonathan Holder came in and got a Kevin Pillar pop out before Martin extended the lead to 5-0 with a bases-clearing double.
Gregorius drove in New York's first run with a single off Stroman in the fourth. Stroman had led off the inning with back-to-back walks but closed it with back-to-back strikeouts -- the last followed by an emphatic yell from the pitcher as he trotted off the mound.
Donaldson drove in Ryan Goins to re-establish the five-run lead in the fourth inning, Bautista followed with his RBI single and Morales tacked on two more runs on a base hit for a 9-1 Toronto lead.
Judge hit a solo homer off Stroman to lead off the sixth and Bird added an RBI double later in the frame. The next inning, Judge went deep again -- his 48th of the season -- off Ryan Tepera. The 25-year-old is one homer shy of Mark McGwire's rookie record from 1987.
NOTES: Sunday's game was the 17th sellout of the year, bringing the season attendance total to 3,203,886.