Chasen Shreve forced three runs in with bases-loaded walks in the 11th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 9-5 Saturday in a doubleheader that could mark the final turning point in the AL East race.
Toronto had just one hit in the 11th but sent 10 men to the plate as Bryan Mitchell and Shreve combined to walk five batters and hit another. Former Yankee Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson and Jose Baustisa got RBI with free passes, and Ben Revere singled in a run.
Bautista hit two of Toronto's four home runs, including an eighth-inning drive off Dellin Betances that put the Blue Jays ahead 5-4 and increased his season total to 35. Edwn Encarnacion and Revere also connected for the Blue Jays, who homered nine times in the first two games of the four-game series and boosted their major league-leading total to 201.
Toronto opened a season-high 3 1/2-game division lead going into the second game and cannot be overtaken by the Yankees this weekend.