Toronto Blue Jays Defeat New York Yankees With Help From Johnny Damon

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2008

The Jays won the first game of a very important three game set against the New York Yankees, barely sneaking by with a 2-1 win.

The situation looked dire for the Jays as the Yankees led for most of the game, although it was a slim lead.

The Yankees got their lead early as Johnny Damon walked to lead off the game, Bobby Abreu doubled, giving New York a 1-0 lead before the Jays even had a chance to bat.

After the first inning, though, Burnett settled down considerably, as he retired 15 of the next 18 batters he faced. Against the Yankees this season, the hard-throwing right-hander is now 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA.

Burnett ended the game with eight innings of amazing work, giving up just that one run on only five measly hits, one walk, while striking out a season high 13 batters.

That number was also one away from his career high and all those strikeouts extended his strikeout lead as he now has an amazing 178 strikeouts.

BJ Ryan came on to save the game in the ninth inning and was almost put in a critical situation if not for an amazing game saving play by Lyle Overbay.

Alex Rodriguez led off the inning with a shallow fly ball that was just out of Overbay's reach and much too shallow for Alex Rios. After the ball dropped and proceeded to roll towards the wall, Overbay made a sliding grab and made a perfect throw to John McDonald's outstretched glove, just barely nabbing Rodriguez at second.

That play quite likely saved the game for the Jays, and Ryan proceeded to get the next two batters with ease for his 24th save of the season.

While the Jays were making great defensive plays, the Yankees were screwing up easy ones.

After Adam Lind finally got to Yankees pitcher Darrell Rasner with his ninth home run of the season and his third in as many games, Toronto put the finishing touches on the comeback against the bullpen.

To start it off, Joe Inglett lined a two-out single to left field off Yankees reliever Jose Veras (3-2). The next batter, Marco Scutaro, lifted a fly ball deep to center field.

The ball carried quite a bit, so it was easy for Damon to catch up to it right at the wall. Unfortunately for Damon, the ball deflected off the side of his glove and Inglett was able to score easily from first for the winning run.

Up next: David Purcey (2-3) takes on Andy Pettitte (12-9) in the second game of this three-game set.