Blue Jays-Yankees: Toronto Finishes Series in New York With 6-2 Win

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IAugust 31, 2008

The Toronto Blue Jays played their last game ever at the storied Yankee Stadium on Sunday, and they finished with a bang in their 6-2 victory over New York.

Although it was a emotional night for Jays starter Roy Halladay, he pitched another amazing game for his 17th win of the season, while the offense was able to give him a commanding lead early in the game.

The Jays were able to score three times in the first inning against Yankee starter Andy Pettitte, an inning that included a judgement error by outfielder Xavier Nady, giving Rod Barajas a two-run double.

Scott Rolen continued the scoring for the Jays in the second inning with a solo blast, his eighth home run of the season.

Toronto lengthened their lead to 6-2 in the seventh inning with an RBI single from the bat of the recently-traded David Eckstein and with Marco Scutaro scoring on a wild pitch.

Andy Pettitte left the game after six-and-two-thirds inning pitched, giving up six runs on 10 hits, one walk, and striking out four batters. Jose Veras (0.2 innings pitched) and Alfredo Aceves (two innings) no-hit the Jays the rest of the way.

Halladay's only blemishes on the day came from solo home runs off the bats of Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi in the fourth and sixth innings.

Halladay finished as Toronto's all-time club leader with 81 strikeouts at Yankee Stadium. He improved to 7-4 at the ballpark, one win shy of matching Jimmy Key's club record. Halladay's 16 career starts at the ballpark are tied for the most in team history with Dave Stieb.

Vernon Wells finished as the club's all-time hit leader, and the Jays finished with a 100-124 record at the historic stadium.

Halladay finished this game with seven inning pitched, giving up just two runs, eight hits, no walks, and striking out just three batters. Scott Downs and Brandon League each threw a perfect inning in relief.

Up next: David Purcey (2-5) starts off a series against Glen Perkins (12-3) and his Minnesota Twins.