After nearly throwing a no-hitter in his first game back from surgery, David Cone took the mound tonight looking to give the Yankees their third straight win. He turned in a quality start, but the offense couldn’t give him any support. Toronto came away with the victory, 3-2.
Cone went seven strong innings and allowed three runs – all in the first inning – while striking out eight on the night. He gave up three of Toronto’s five hits in the game in the first, which saw Shawn Green connect for an RBI double and Joe Carter hit a two-run homer. After that, Cone settled in, but Toronto starter Paul Quantrill held the New York bats at bay for six innings.
The Yankees tried to stage a comeback attempt in the eighth off reliever Tim Crabtree. Tim Raines hit a two-run home run to make the score 3-2, but that’s all the Yankees would get. Paul Spoljaric and Mike Timlin came in to shut the door for Toronto. It’s also worth noting that John Wetteland returned from his groin injury and pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning.
The Yankees’ division lead is now back down to four games, as Baltimore shutout Detroit 6-0. The Yankees go for the series win tomorrow as Andy Pettitte faces Erik Hanson.