Toronto at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: D. Bush (3-7) L: M. Mussina (12-8)
HR: TOR - V. Wells (24)   NYY - B. Williams (10)

Blue Jays 9, Yankees 5

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- Vernon Wells had one thing on his mind in the fifth inning.

"I don't want to make an out," Wells said. "Everyone else is doing something."

Wells had nothing to worry about. He got to join in the fun, too.

Wells hit a three-run homer off Mike Mussina in a nine-run fifth, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 9-5 on Wednesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Russ Adams added a two-run double in the inning, when the Blue Jays scored eight times off Mussina in their biggest inning since a nine-run sixth against the Angels on June 15, 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They had seven hits off Mussina and Felix Rodriguez, and 10 consecutive batters reached with one out.

"We had some good at-bats," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We were way overdue anyway."

Mussina (12-8) hurt himself by allowing two walks and hitting a batter. He allowed eight runs in an inning for the first time since Sept. 24, 2003, against the Chicago White Sox, according to Elias.

Dave Bush (3-7) allowed five hits in six scoreless innings to win for the first time since Aug. 3. He beat the Yankees for the first time since pitching a career-best two-hitter against them in a 7-0 victory in Toronto on Oct. 1.

"He always pitches very good when he's facing these guys, which is tough to do," Gibbons said.

Hideki Matsui had three hits and drove in two runs for the Yankees, and Bernie Williams added a three-run homer off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth, his first career pinch-hit homer.

The Yankees had their six-game home winning streak snapped and fell into a tie with Oakland for the AL wild-card lead.

"Just when you think you have everything rolling in your direction, and then something that doesn't figure happens," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "That's what happened tonight."

Mussina had retired 11 straight batters after striking out Shea Hillenbrand to open the fifth. But he walked Corey Koskie and allowed singles to Gregg Zaun and Reed Johnson to load the bases, then lost control of the plate.

Eric Hinske was hit on the hand and Mussina walked Orlando Hudson to force in another run. Adams doubled to right to make it 4-0, and Hudson scored on Frank Catalanotto's single. Wells drove Mussina's next -- and last -- pitch over the left-field fence for his 24th homer and an 8-0 lead.

Hillenbrand doubled off Rodriguez and scored on Koskie's single to cap the inning. The Yankee Stadium crowd of 54,705 let out a huge roar when Zaun flied to center for the second out.

Mussina didn't think he was pitching well, even when he seemed to get the Blue Jays out with ease in the early innings.

"It wasn't great stuff. I was just really fortunate getting people out," Mussina said. "I didn't warm up well, it just felt like one of those days when I was going to struggle.

"I was doing a better job of guessing where they were going to swing than they were guessing where I was going to throw. But it wasn't really great stuff."

Bush allowed a leadoff double to Alex Rodriguez in the fourth, but came back to strike out Jason Giambi, Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada in succession. Bush had a season-high seven strikeouts, but couldn't explain the reasons for his success against the Yankees.

"I don't think it's anything in particular," he said. "I've been hit around by them a little bit, too.


Toronto has had two 11-run innings. This was its biggest fifth inning. ... Blue Jays 3B Koskie dived into the stands to catch Gary Sheffield's popup to end the third inning. ... Mussina threw 33 pitches in the fifth after needing only 48 in the first four.
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Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

D. Bush
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 7

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4112101 .275
Frank Catalanotto, LF4121001 .290
    Alex Rios, RF1000000 .272
Vernon Wells, CF5123003 .283
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B5110031 .294
Corey Koskie, 3B3121200 .240
Gregg Zaun, C5110014 .262
Reed Johnson, RF-LF4110001 .274
Eric Hinske, DH3121010 .259
Orlando Hudson, 2B3101102 .274
2B - Russ Adams (21, Mussina), Frank Catalanotto (19, Mussina), Shea Hillenbrand (30, F. Rodriguez)
3B - Eric Hinske (2, Proctor)
HR - Vernon Wells (24, Mussina)
RBI - Russ Adams 2 (54), Frank Catalanotto (39), Vernon Wells 3 (79), Corey Koskie (25), Eric Hinske (54), Orlando Hudson (58)
Team LOB - 6
DP - R. Adams-Hudson-Hillenbrand
Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Bush (W,3-7) 6500270 4.44
Jason Frasor 2522030 4.03
Vinnie Chulk 1333011 3.62
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 106-66, Jason Frasor 30-20, Vinnie Chulk 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 5-6, Jason Frasor 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 25, Jason Frasor 10, Vinnie Chulk 6
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4120122 .308
Hideki Matsui, LF4032101 .302
Gary Sheffield, RF3000014 .295
    Bubba Crosby, RF2120000 .214
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3010021 .316
    Felix Escalona, 3B1000012 .222
   a- Bernie Williams, PH1113000 .255
Jason Giambi, DH5010023 .272
Tino Martinez, 1B4010012 .245
Jorge Posada, C3000012 .247
    John Flaherty, C1000001 .172
Robinson Cano, 2B4110000 .275
Tony Womack, CF4110010 .244
a-homered for Escalona in the 9th
2B - Hideki Matsui (32, Frasor), Alex Rodriguez (25, Bush)
HR - Bernie Williams (10, Chulk)
RBI - Hideki Matsui 2 (96), Bernie Williams 3 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Bernie Williams 3 (28)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Cano, T. Martinez
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina (L,12-8) 4.1688241 4.21
Felix Rodriguez 1.2311100 4.56
Scott Proctor 2100110 4.50
Alan Embree 1200000 7.35
HBP - Hinske (by Mike Mussina)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 81-52, Felix Rodriguez 38-20, Scott Proctor 24-16, Alan Embree 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 1-7, Felix Rodriguez 1-4, Scott Proctor 2-2
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 21, Felix Rodriguez 9, Scott Proctor 7, Alan Embree 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54705
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Larry Young