In the bottom of the fifth, Yunel Escobar singled to left. He moved to second on a groundout by Jose Bautista. With two outs, Vazquez walked Lyle Overbay and Hill connected with a big homer to left, giving Toronto a big 7-0 lead. Vazquez’s night was done and Royce Ring came in to get out of the inning.
Despite the big hole, the Yankees offense finally struck back in the top of the sixth. Sparked by a lead off homer by Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees rallied. A pitch hit Robinson Cano and Austin Kearns worked a walk. Francisco Cervelli singled to right, bringing Cano home. Greg Golson then singled to right, scoring Kearns. Jeter singled to load the bases with just one out, but Hill fielded Nick Swisher’s hard grounder for an inning ending double play. Still, the Yankees were back in the game, with the score at 7-3.
The Blue Jays got a run back in the seventh. With Joba Chamberlain on the mound Vernon Wells reached on a throwing error by Rodriguez. A wild pitch let Wells reach second and he stole third. Joba struck out Overbay, but a single by Hill brought wells home and Toronto’s lead grew to 8-3.
The Yankees had a chance to rally in the ninth. Jeter worked a lead-off walk and Swisher singled to center. Teixeira hit a slow grounder to Overbay, who bobbled the ball and had to get the sure out at first instead of going for the double play. Rodriguez grounded out to short, but brought Jeter home before Cano flew out to end the game, with the Yankees losing 8-4.
Javier Vazquez: As Jason has already pointed out, Javy did little to improve his chances of making the postseason roster with Wednesday’s outing. He went just 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs on ten hits. He walked two, gave up three homers and didn’t have any strikeouts.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 0-4 but scored a run.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod got the Yankees offense started with his 30th homer of the season. That would give him thirteen straight seasons of 30 homers and 100 RBIs. Alex went 1-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. He did have an error that led to a run in the seventh.
Bullpen: Royce Ring, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre combined to go 4.1 innings, giving up just two hits and one unearned run. They did not walk anyone and Joba had two strikeouts, while Mitre struck out the side in his inning of work.
Francisco Cervelli: Cervelli went 3-3 with a RBI. He also walked once.
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New York will get a day off before heading to Boston for the final series of the regular season. Andy Pettitte should be getting the start for the Yankees. He put together a solid first start when he came off the DL, but was horrible in his last outing, giving up six runs on ten hits in just 3.1 innings. The Yankees will take on Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had a strong start against New York last week. He gave up just two runs on four hits over eight innings while striking out seven Yankees. First pitch is Friday at 7:10pm at Fenway.