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Yankees Hit Five Home Runs En Route To Victory

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Mark Teixeira, Marcus Thames and Jorge Posada homered off Marc Rzepczynski in a span of four at-bats during the third inning, propelling the New York Yankees to an 11-5 blowout of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Curtis Granderson added a three-run homer in the fifth, and Derek Jeter tacked on a solo shot in the same inning for the Yankees, who won for the sixth time in eight contests. Teixeira and Posada each went 4-for-5 with two RBI. Granderson and Thames had three hits for the Yankees, who tied a season-high with the five home runs as part of their 17-hit attack.

Dustin Moseley (4-2) was charged with five hits and two runs over six innings to win his second straight start.

Rzepczynski (1-2) permitted eight hits and six runs over three innings. as the Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in seven games. Vernon Wells and Adam Lind each had two RBI in defeat.

Teixeira singled in Nick Swisher in the opening frame and the Yankees doubled the lead in the second, but should have had more runs in the inning. They had runners at first and third with one out when Austin Kearns grounded a ball back to Rzepczynski, who threw home. Thames collided with catcher John Buck, dislodging the ball from his grasp. However, home plate umpire Mark Wegner ruled Thames never touched the plate. That gave Buck time to recover the ball and tag out Thames, who was trying to scramble back to the base.

Granderson walked to load the bases, and the Yankees made it 2-0 on an RBI fielder’s choice from Eduardo Nunez.

Teixeira took a 3-2 pitch from Rzepczynski over the wall in left field with one out in the third. After Robinson Cano walked, Thames went deep to left. Posada was up next and he crushed a pitch to left for a 6-0 margin.

A single by Wells plated Yunel Escobar in the fourth, but the Yankees added four runs in the fifth. Granderson homered to right off Brian Tallet with Thames and Kearns on base; and with two down Jeter cranked his 10th longball of the year, a shot to left, for a 10-1 cushion.

Posada and Buck exchanged RBI singles in the sixth. Buck’s bases-loaded hit to center field scored Jose Bautista, but Granderson threw a perfect one-hop strike to Posada to nail Lind at the plate for the final out.

Wells singled in a run in the seventh and then scored when Lind followed with his two-out, two-run double to right-center field.

Swisher fouled a ball off his left knee in the seventh inning and was removed from the game in the middle of his at-bat. Brett Gardner, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Tuesday, came on to pinch-hit and struck out…Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced rookie Ivan Nova will take the place of Javier Vazquez in the rotation this weekend against the White Sox…The Yankees are 15-5 in their last 20 games against left-handed starters…Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill went hitless in four at-bats and is mired in an 0-for-20 slump.

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