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Cano drives in winner for Yanks in 10th, but only after wild ninth inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Late comebacks, close wins. The New York Yankees are beginning to resemble the team everyone became familiar with for the past decade.

Robinson Cano hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning after Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo balked home the tying run in a wild ninth, and New York rallied past the Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday.

The Yankees (47-44) won for the 10th time in 13 tries and moved within eight games of first-place Boston in the AL East, the closest they've been since after June 18.

"We just seem to be playing with something in mind right now," manager Joe Torre said. "I think we're at a point now, because good things have happened when we've come after people, that when we lose a game like this it's going to be a surprise."

Accardo's meltdown cost Roy Halladay his 11th win after he stymied the Yankees for seven innings in an entertaining pitchers' duel with Andy Pettitte. Aaron Hill's tiebreaking double off struggling reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.

Casey Janssen (2-2) hit Alex Rodriguez with a breaking ball to open the 10th, and Rodriguez aggressively dashed to second on a wild pitch that was knocked down by catcher Gregg Zaun.

Hideki Matsui barely missed a game-ending homer, hitting a drive into the right-field upper deck just a few feet foul. He eventually struck out before Jorge Posada was intentionally walked.

After failing to come through in two key spots earlier in the game, Cano sliced the first pitch he saw into left field. New York improved to 8-14 in one-run contests.

"We needed this game desperately," Rodriguez said. "For some reason, we play with a lot of energy at home."

Luis Vizcaino (6-2) worked a scoreless inning for the win. Toronto stranded 12 runners for the second consecutive game.

"They've got the knack for making the right pitch at the right time," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Andy Phillips opened the New York ninth with a single and pinch-runner Miguel Cairo stole second. After failing on a bunt attempt, Melky Cabrera grounded a single off first baseman Lyle Overbay's glove for his third hit of the night.

In a puzzling move, third base coach Larry Bowa waved Cairo home with none out even though strong-armed right fielder Alex Rios was charging the ball hard.

Rios threw a strike on the fly to Zaun, who tumbled over after withstanding a glancing blow to his legs by Cairo's head.

Cabrera alertly went to second on the throw home and then easily stole third, taking off before an unaware Accardo even began his delivery. Accardo walked Johnny Damon, then balked home the tying run.

"I've seen some crazy stuff. I can't remember seeing that," Halladay said. "It can be a tough place to play, and things like that happen from time to time."

Accardo recovered to keep it tied, retiring Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu with a runner on second. It was Accardo's third blown save in 16 chances.

"I caught a cleat and was going to step off. Dumbest thing I've ever done," Accardo said. "I kind of let things get out of hand. I gave up the leadoff single and I started pressing.

"It's a mental mistake. You can't get beat by those. If you're going to get beat, get beat by the hitter," he added.

Rodriguez had a run-scoring single with two outs in the first for the Yankees.

Frank Thomas hit a two-out RBI double in the first and singled to start Toronto's eighth-inning rally, which was helped along by Farnsworth's wild pickoff attempt. The right-hander was booed loudly by the crowd of 51,961.

"We need him to get straightened out. He's very important for us," Torre said.

Halladay gave up one run and five hits. He struck out six and walked three.

"It's nice to win a close game, that's for sure," Pettitte said. "I knew it was going to be a tough game. Roy was throwing as good as I've ever seen him."

Pettitte fanned a season-best seven over seven innings, allowing seven hits and three walks. It was the left-hander's sixth no-decision when allowing no more than two earned runs. He threw a season-high 116 pitches.

"To me, Andy made it all possible, because the only way you're going to have a chance against Halladay is to match him and he certainly did that," Torre said.

Notes

  • Matsui singled off the base of the right-field fence in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games.
  • Cabrera pushed his career-high hitting streak to 13 games.
  • Halladay is 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Yankees.
  • New York improved to 3-39 when trailing after eight innings.
 
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Melky Cabrera high-fives Robinson Cano after Cano drives in the winning run in the 10th inning. (AP)
Melky Cabrera high-fives Robinson Cano after Cano drives in the winning run in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Toronto

F. Thomas
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF5010012 .217
Alex Rios, RF5110012 .297
Vernon Wells, CF4010101 .255
Troy Glaus, 3B4000122 .291
Frank Thomas, DH4031010 .258
    Howie Clark, PR-DH1100000 .238
Lyle Overbay, 1B5010004 .273
Aaron Hill, 2B5011012 .268
Gregg Zaun, C4010112 .236
Royce Clayton, SS3010013 .251
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0000100 .281
    John McDonald, PR-SS0000000 .271
Totals40210248  
a-was walked intentionally for Clayton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (5, Pettitte), Frank Thomas (14, Pettitte), Aaron Hill (27, Farnsworth)
RBI - Frank Thomas (45), Aaron Hill (53)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Thomas (21)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 7511360 4.46
Scott Downs (H,13) 1200010 2.19
Jeremy Accardo (BS,3) 1211100 2.79
Casey Janssen (L,2-2) 0.1111110 2.44
IBB - Posada by Casey Janssen
HBP - Rodriguez (by Casey Janssen)
WP - Casey Janssen (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 112-71, Scott Downs 15-10, Jeremy Accardo 17-10, Casey Janssen 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-6, Scott Downs 2-0, Jeremy Accardo 2-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 29, Scott Downs 5, Jeremy Accardo 5, Casey Janssen 4
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH3100213 .238
Derek Jeter, SS5000014 .331
Bobby Abreu, RF5000022 .263
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4111000 .309
Hideki Matsui, LF4020111 .283
Jorge Posada, C3010211 .332
Robinson Cano, 2B5021015 .275
Andy Phillips, 1B4010011 .300
    Miguel Cairo, PR-1B0000000 .260
Melky Cabrera, CF4130001 .282
Totals37310258  
Batting
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (90), Robinson Cano (43)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (49)
SB - Hideki Matsui (3, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun), Miguel Cairo (8, 2nd base off Accardo/Zaun), Melky Cabrera (7, 3rd base off Accardo/Zaun)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Kyle Farnsworth (3, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte 7711370 4.10
Kyle Farnsworth 1210100 4.46
Brian Bruney 1000000 2.45
Luis Vizcaino (W,6-2) 1100010 4.53
IBB - Stairs by Kyle Farnsworth
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 116-70, Kyle Farnsworth 25-14, Brian Bruney 11-7, Luis Vizcaino 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 5-9, Brian Bruney 2-1, Luis Vizcaino 2-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 31, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Brian Bruney 3, Luis Vizcaino 4
Game Information
Attendance - 51961
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster