David Robertson found himself in trouble in the eighth, as Lawrie hit a leadoff double to left. A single by Adam Lind put runners on the corners. Mike McCoy replaced Lind on the bases and Kelly Johnson pinch hit for Mathis. Johnson slapped an opposite field single, plating Lawrie for the Blue Jays first run of the day. Robertson struck out Sierra for the first out, but a double lined by Omar Vizquel down the right field line scored McCoy, cutting the Yankee lead to one. After striking out Hechavarria, the Yankees called on Rafael Soriano for the four out save. Soriano walked Gose, loading the bases, but struck out Davis to end the inning.
New York got a little insurance in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro drove a two-out ground-rule double down the left field line, scoring on a single by Swisher. Meanwhile, Soriano was all business in the ninth, striking out Rasmus, getting Lawrie to ground out and striking out J.P. Arencibia to end the game with the New York 4-2 victory.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 0-3 with two strikeouts and three runners left on base. He did have an RBI in the first inning.
David Robertson: In .2 innings of work, Robertson gave up two runs on four hits, letting Toronto within one run of the Yankees. He struck out two.
Andy Pettitte: Making his first start since June, Pettitte was solid. He got into a few jams, but was able to get out of them and even came away with the win. Andy lasted five innings, gave up no runs on four hits, two walks and three strike outs.
Ichiro: Ichiro went 3-4 with two runs scored and a double. He also had a nice catch in the outfield.
Rafael Soriano: After Robertson’s shaky start to the eighth, Soriano made the four out save. He went 1.1 and gave up a walk, striking out two.
A little from Column A, a little from Column B:
Nick Swisher: He had two errors at first, but looks like perhaps he is starting to find his bat again. Swish went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.