By Joe McDonald at 6 July, 2013, 2:02 am
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The roller coaster season of Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson continued on Friday as the 2012 All-Star blew his league-leading sixth save of the season in a gut-wrenching 3-2 division loss to the New York Yankees.
Entering the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead, Johnson would allow a lead-off single to David Adams and then commit a fielding error on Brett Gardner's sacrifice bunt attempt. He never recovered. After the Yankees kindly handed Johnson a free out on Ichiro's sac bunt, Johnson intentionally walked Robinson Cano and unintentionally walked Travis Hafner to force home the tying run. One batter later, Vernon Wells put an end to the misery with a clean single to left field.
For Wells, it was the fifth walk-off hit of his career (two have come again the Yankees). For Johnson, it's his sixth blown save since May 14. Prior to that date, he'd successfully converted 35 saves in a row dating back to July 30, 2012.
Toronto’s Killer B’s: The tag team of Jose Bautista and Mark Buehrle were all the Toronto Blue Jays needed in their 4-0 victory over the fading Minnesota Twins . In the third inning, Bautista connected for a solo home run — his 20th of the season — to put the Jays up 1-0. He later added an RBI single to wrap up the scoring. On the hill, Buehrle ran his personal scoreless innings streak against Minnesota to 35 2/3 with seven dominant frames.