Blue Jays 8, Yankees 3
TORONTO (AP) _ Chris Carpenter rebounded from the worst start of his career to stop the New York Yankees’ eight-game winning streak, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-3 victory Friday.
Carpenter (1-3), who lost his first three starts this season, pitched a five-hitter for his seventh career complete game, striking out three and walking none.
Last Sunday, he allowed a career-high eight runs in 3 1-3 innings against Seattle, then had a 15-minute meeting with manager Jim Fregosi.
The Yankees, who at 11-4 have baseball’s best record, were on their longest winning streak since taking nine straight from Aug. 7-14, 1998.
After taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against Kansas City last weekend, Ramiro Mendoza (1-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings.
Carlos Delgado, Alex Gonzalez and Raul Mondesi each drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have won four of their last six games. Toronto was just 2-10 against the Yankees last season.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first when Mondesi tripled in a run and scored on Delgado’s single. The Blue Jays added four runs in the fourth on Delgado’s homer, Gonzalez’s two-run single and Jose Cruz Jr.’s RBI double.
Following Chuck Knoblauch’s leadoff single in the first, Carpenter retired 12 straight. The Yankees didn’t get their second hit until Shane Spencer led off the sixth with a single. Clay Bellinger then singled and Paul O’Neill singled both home.
Bernie Williams added a run-scoring grounder in the ninth.
There was a moment of tension in the fifth inning when New York reliever Todd Erdos hit Delgado in the lower back with a pitch. Delgado glared at Erdos, and plate umpire Bill Miller walked in front of Delgado as Delgado walked to first.
Toronto’s Brad Fullmer and Marty Cordova also were hit by pitches, as were New York’s Derek Jeter and Tino Martinez.
Notes: Carpenter needed just 88 pitches. ... New York’s bleacher creatures made the trip to Toronto. They chanted the names of each Yankee player until they were acknowledged. ... The day after Carpenter’s previous start, Fregosi held a ``heated″ and ``paternal″ pitchers-only meeting. ... One of Roger Clemens’ boys sat with him in the Yankees dugout. ... The Blue Jays have erected a patio in the stands in right center. Fans can drink beer while relaxing in a hot tub. ... Carpenter’s previous complete game was last Aug. 11 against Minnesota.