Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Vernon Wells homered against his former team
for the second straight day and started the winning two-run rally in the 11th
inning with a single, as the New York Yankees notched a 5-3 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Wells led off the 11th against Aaron Loup (1-1) with his third hit of the day
and Francisco Cervelli followed with a single. Ichiro Suzuki dropped down a
bunt and Loup tried for the force out at third, but threw the ball past a
scrambling Brett Lawrie and down the left field line to allow both runners to
cross the plate for a 5-3 lead.
Mariano Rivera allowed a leadoff double to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the
11th and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a hard line drive to right field for
the first out. Rivera then struck out both J.P. Arencibia and Lawrie to nail
down his fifth save.
Kevin Youkilis drove in two runs for the Yankees, who have won the first two
of this three-game set and nine of their last 11. Youkilis, though, left the
contest with a back issue.
Melky Cabrera tied the game with a two-run single in a three-run Toronto
eighth, as the Blue Jays rallied against Yankee reliever David Robertson after
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant for 7 1/3 innings.
Kuroda, coming off a shutout against Baltimore last Sunday, was charged with
one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
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