The Yankees rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Blue Jays in Toronto Sunday afternoon, regaining a share of the AL East lead. Baltimore beat Boston 6-3 earlier in the day to claim sole possession of first, but the Yankees’ late spark drove the bombers back into pole position. The Yankees overcame a rough start by Phil Hughes, who tossed four and two-thirds innings of eight-hit, five-run ball, effectively stymying the Blue Jays offense thanks to strong relief efforts by Derek Lowe, Boone Logan, and David Robertson.
The bombers began the game essentially the way they ended last night’s contest: offensively impotent, and looking for something to fall their way. The Jays, on the other hand, jumped all over Hughes almost immediately: Yunel Escobar doubled in a run in the first while advancing Edwin Encarnacion to third–he’d score on Adam Lind’s sacrifice fly. They would put men on first and third in the second, but quiet down in the third and fourth; the Yankees got hits in the first and second innings, but didn’t manage to score until Eric Chavez blasted a Henderson Alvarez ball into the right field stands.
That was the way the game was going, pretty much, at the beginning of the sixth inning–the Yankees ineptly putting runners on then failing to advance them, and the Jays moving runners almost at will against a flustered-looking Phil Hughes. The Jays were coming off a long bottom of the fifth that saw Brett Lawrie turn on a hanging, spinning breaking ball with a runner on first, and then saw Moises Sierra lace a run-scoring single to chase Hughes. Heading into the inning, it was 5-1, and the Yankees were staring a one-game deficit in the eyes.
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