TORONTO -- The New York Yankees lost their starting pitcher in the third inning and a chance to make up ground in the standings.
Wright isn't sure if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start, which would be next weekend at home against Toronto.
"It's sore and tight. It's kind of throbbing," he said. "It hit right on the bone on the back of the elbow."
Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 44th home run and Derek Jeter also connected for the Yankees, who fell 1½ games behind Cleveland in the wild-card race but remained 1½ back of first-place Boston in the AL East.
Jeter struck out looking against Miguel Batista with a runner on second to end it, the eighth time this season he made the final out of a game with the potential tying run on base.
Wright came out after being hit by Eric Hinske's broken bat, the latest bit of bad luck for a pitcher who has had more than his share throughout his roller-coaster career.
"It's frustrating. I mean, poor guy," Rodriguez said. "He's getting himself in great shape again, throwing the ball really well, and the bat hits him in the elbow. You feel bad for him."
First baseman Jason Giambi also departed in the fourth because of back spasms. Giambi plans to play Monday night against Baltimore.
Hinske's bat broke as he grounded out to first. Wright tried to brace himself but stepped right in the path of the barrel, which bruised and cut his right elbow. He fell down holding his arm.
Wright tested his elbow by throwing some warmup pitches, but was replaced by Al Leiter. X-rays were negative.
New York manager Joe Torre didn't like what he saw when Wright threw the warmup pitches.
"Everything was up," Torre said. "I know he wanted to stay in the game but I think it was the best thing to do."
The early exit forced the Yankees to use three relievers.
Wright (5-3) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander, signed to a $21 million, three-year deal last offseason, went 2-2 with a 9.15 ERA in three April starts before missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury.
After he came back, he was knocked out of a game in Seattle on Sept. 1 when he was hit in the collarbone by Raul Ibanez's line drive. Wright was able to make his next start, however.
"If you got something that is bruised or tight it affects you a lot more than being hit in the neck," he said.
Vernon Wells had three hits and had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who ended a three-game skid.
Batista worked the ninth for his 28th save in 35 chances. He gave up an RBI double to Robinson Cano with two outs before freezing Jeter, leaving the Yankees' captain 2-for-17 lifetime against the right-hander.
New York went 5-1 on its road trip.
"We've been playing good for a while," Jeter said. "Hopefully, we can continue to do it when we get home."
Former Yankees starter Ted Lilly (9-10) won for the first time since July 19. The 29-year-old left-hander, sidelined in August because of a shoulder injury, allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
"I felt good," Lilly said. "I was able to keep them at bay just enough."
Hinske hit an RBI single in the first, and the Blue Jays scored three runs in the second on Russ Adams' RBI grounder and Wells' two-run single.
Rodriguez hit his two-run homer off the left-field foul screen in the third.
Hinske added an RBI grounder in the fifth, giving Toronto a 5-2 lead.
"If you want to beat those guys you have to bury them," Toronto's Gregg Zaun said. "They have one big-name guy after another and they always seem to come up with big hits."
|Closer Miguel Batista and catcher Gregg Zaun embrace after the Jays avoid the sweep to the Yanks. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.305|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||3||0||.318|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.280|
|Andy Phillips, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.154|
|a- Tino Martinez, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Gary Sheffield, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Tony Womack, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Hideki Matsui, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Ruben Sierra, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.233|
|Jorge Posada, C||3||0||2||1||1||0||0||.263|
|Matt Lawton, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Bernie Williams, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.256|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.294|
|a-lined out for Phillips in the 8th|
|2B - Robinson Cano 2 (32, Lilly, Batista)|
|HR - Derek Jeter (16, Speier), Alex Rodriguez (44, Lilly)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (60), Alex Rodriguez 2 (118), Jorge Posada (62), Robinson Cano (58)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (53), Robinson Cano (18)|
|PK - Jorge Posada (2, Lilly)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|PB - Jorge Posada (7)|
|E - Ruben Sierra (1, misplayed ball)|
|New York Yankees|
|Jaret Wright (L,5-3)||2.1||5||4||3||1||1||0||5.61|
|HBP - Catalanotto (by Jaret Wright)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 51-29, Al Leiter 36-21, Tanyon Sturtze 24-15, Alan Embree 14-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 4-2, Al Leiter 5-4, Tanyon Sturtze 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 14, Al Leiter 14, Tanyon Sturtze 6, Alan Embree 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Russ Adams, SS||5||1||0||1||0||0||3||.252|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||.287|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.273|
|Shea Hillenbrand, DH||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.299|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.261|
|Aaron Hill, 3B-2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.270|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Gabe Gross, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.266|
|Frank Menechino, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Corey Koskie, 3B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.248|
|a-lined out for Catalanotto in the 7th|
|2B - Vernon Wells (29, Wright), Shea Hillenbrand (36, Leiter)|
|RBI - Russ Adams (61), Vernon Wells 2 (88), Eric Hinske 2 (58), Corey Koskie (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells 2 (35), Eric Hinske (20), Corey Koskie (12)|
|CS - Shea Hillenbrand (1, 2nd base by Sturtze/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Aaron Hill (5, misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ted Lilly (W,9-10)||6.1||5||3||2||1||6||1||5.46|
|Jason Frasor (H,13)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.48|
|Justin Speier (H,8)||0.2||1||1||1||1||1||1||2.71|
|Scott Schoeneweis (H,17)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.57|
|Miguel Batista (S,28)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||3.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 96-59, Jason Frasor 9-6, Justin Speier 16-10, Scott Schoeneweis 3-1, Miguel Batista 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 6-7, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 25, Jason Frasor 2, Justin Speier 4, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Miguel Batista 5|
|Attendance - 39891|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Dale Scott|