Abreu is Grand, Yankees Down Blue Jays

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2008

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-2 in 10 innings in Wednesday night.

Phil Hughes took the hill for the Yankees. He lasted eight innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked none, and struck out six.

A.J. Burnett started for Toronto. He went eight innings, gave up two earned runs on seven hits, walked two, and struck out 11 Yankees.

The Jays jumped out to a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Joe Inglett, and Toronto jumped ahead, 1-0.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third. Xavier Nady singled to score Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

The Blue Jays knotted the game at two in the bottom of the seventh. Scott Rolen drilled Hughes's offering into the left field seats for a solo home run, his 11th homer of the year.

With the game tied at two after nine innings, the game went into extras.

The Yankees delivered the death blow in the top of the tenth. Bobby Abreu clubbed a grand slam to right field, his 20th homer of the year, eighth career salami, and second granny this year. On the strength of the grand slam, the Yankees took a 6-2 lead they would not give up.

Jose Veras got the win and improves to 5-2.

Jesse Carlson, who gave up the granny to Abreu, takes the loss and is now 7-2.

"That's what's amazing about the game, you can have an awful day at the plate, and win the game in your last at-bat," said Joe Girardi to the media about Abreu after the game.

Abreu was 0-4 going into his final at-bat.

On other Yankee note from this game, rookie first baseman Juan Miranda recorded his big league hit, a single in the top of the fourth inning.

Tomorrow night at 7:07 ET, the Yanks and Jays will close out their series from Rogers Centre.

Carl Pavano (4-1, 4.99 ERA) will be up against Roy Halladay (19-11, 2.81 ERA).