After scoring only three runs over the first two games of the series, New York’s four-run outburst in the eighth inning lifted the Yankees to a 4-3 win over Toronto Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
New York ended a two-game losing streak with the win. The loss prevented Toronto from sweeping a series against New York for the first time since 2003.
Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the eighth inning, New York finally broke through offensively. Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow to lead off the inning. After Scott Downs (1-5) relieved Morrow, he hit Brett Gardner. Derek Jeter followed with a run-scoring double for the Yankees' first run of the game.
With runners at second and third and one out, Brett Gardner scored the tying run after a wild pitch by reliever Jason Frasor. After Alex Rodriguez struck out, Robinson Cano delivered a two-run single to left field to give the Yankees a 4-2 advantage.
Toronto got one run back in the bottom of the eighth off Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain. Former Yankee Jose Molina led off with a double and scored on Fred Lewis’s RBI single. Damaso Marte struck out Adam Lind to end the eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save of the season.
Yankee starter Javier Vasquez (5-5) did not allow a hit over the first 5.2 innings. Lind, who had walked earlier in the game, received a free pass with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Vernon Wells followed with Toronto’s first hit of the game, a two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. It was Wells' 23rd career home run against the Yankees.
Wells' home run was the only hit Vasquez allowed in seven innings. He allowed two runs while striking out a season-high nine and walked four.
Morrow received a no decision despite limiting New York to one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Morrow entered the game with an ERA of 6.00.
After an off day on Monday, New York will resume their road trip in Baltimore on Tuesday. The Yankees are 8-1 against the Orioles this season. Phil Hughes (7-1, 2.54) will start for New York, while Baltimore will counter with Kevin Milwood (0-6, 4.29). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.