Yankees Take Two Of Three From Blue Jays

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Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3: Jays' Reyes Ties Record For Winless Starts

Wednesday afternoon was a milestone day at Yankee Stadium. A good one for a New York Yankees pitcher, and one a Toronto Blue Jays pitcher would rather not be associated with as the Yankees won, 7-3.

Yankee closer Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth inning, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to make 1,000 appearances for the same team. He is the 15th pitcher ever to pitch in at least 1,000 games.

Toronto pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes reached a mileston of a much less desirable sort. Reyes (0-4) started and took the loss for the Blue Jays, tying Matt Keough's major-league record of 28 winless starts. Keough set the mark for Oakland from September 6, 1978-August 8, 1979. Reyes has not won a game since June, 2008 when he was with Atlanta. He is now 0-13 in 31 appearance, 28 of them starts. Thursday, Reyes surrendered five runs in three innings.

For the Yankees, Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and Mark Teixeira added a two-run shot, as the Yankees took two of from the Blue Jays. Curtis Granderson doubled twice, drove in a run and scored one for the Yankees, who have won seven of their last nine games.

Freddy Garcia (3-4) threw 6 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on eight hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. The veteran right- hander had lost two straight and four of his previous five starts coming in.

The Yankees now head to the West Coast for a nine-game road trip. They will play three games each against the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


Final - 5.25.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 10 2
New York Yankees 1 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 X 7 9 0
WP: Freddy Garcia (3 - 4)
LP: Jo-Jo Reyes (0 - 4)

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Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4: Yankees Rally For Victory

The New York Yankees have hit a major-league best 72 home runs this season. What they have not been able to do with regularity is get a base hit when they need one. The Yankees changed that trend Tuesday night, coming back from a 4-1 eighth-inning deficit for a walk-off 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees scored two runs in the eighth inning and won the game with two in the ninth, without hitting a home run. Mark Teixeira got the game-winning hit, ripping a shot off the glove of Blue Jays' first baseman Juan Rivera that scored  Curtis Granderson from second base.

"It was great to do that in front of our home crowd," Teixeira said. "We haven't done that too much this year."

The Yankees' ninth-inning rally began when pinch-hitter Jorge Posada double off Toronto closer Frank Francisco with one out. Chris Dickerson pinch-ran and moved to third on a groundout by Derek Jeter. Granderson, who went 4-for-5, singled to score Dickerson and tie the game. Granderson stole second, then scored when Teixeira's hit glanced off Rivera's glove and trickled into short right field.

CC Sabathia (5-3) pitched the Yankees first nine-inning complete game in more than two years to get the victory. Sabathia also had the last one, May 8, 2009 against Baltimore.

Trailing 4-1, the Yankeed got within 4-3 in the eighth inning on an RBI double by Robinson Cano and a run-scoring single from Russell Martin.


Final - 5.24.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 0
New York Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 13 1
WP: CC Sabathia (5 - 3)
LP: Frank Francisco (1 - 2)

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Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3: Toronto Ruins Bartolo Colon's Party

Bartolo Colon turns 38 today. The New York Yankees' pitcher won't be celebrating the way he had hoped, however. Colon had his roughest outing of the season Monday, surrendering six runs in six innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Yankees, 7-3, at Yankee Stadium.

The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie entering the sixth inning, but Toronto erupted for five runs. The game seemed to quickly get away from Colon (2-3) in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out Aaron Hill singled through the left side to make it 2-1 and Eric Thames followed with a walk to make it 3-1. With the bases still loaded J.P. Arencibia doubled to right-center to drive in three runs and make the score 6-1. Arencibia finished the night with four RBI.

"He wasn't quite as sharp as we've seen him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about Colon. "He kept us in the game, but we were having trouble scoring off of Villanueva."

Carlos Villanueva (2-0), making a spot start in place of Jesse Litsch, who was put on the disabled list with an impingement in his right shoulder, worked five solid innings to get the win for Toronto. Starting his first game since October 3, 2009, the right- hander gave up only one run on two hits, struck out five and walked one.

For Toronto, Jose Bautista hit his major-league leading 19th home run of the season. For the Yankees, Robinson Cano drove in three runs.

-- Sports Network contributed to this report


Final - 5.23.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 7 9 2
New York Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 0
WP: Carlos Villanueva (2 - 0)
LP: Bartolo Colon (2 - 3)

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