New York at Toronto

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Wells, Big Hurt lead Jays' power attack in routing Yanks

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays sent the New York Yankees into a pivotal part of their season on a losing note.

Vernon Wells had four RBI, Roy Halladay struck out eight over seven innings and the Blue Jays pounded the Yankees 15-4 on Wednesday night.

Alex Rodriguez sat out because of a bruised calf, a night after getting hit by a pitch from Josh Towers. In that game, Roger Clemens and manager Joe Torre were ejected after Clemens apparently retaliated by hitting Alex Rios.

"My guess is, with the off day tomorrow, he'll be all right," Torre said of Rodriguez, who declined to speak after the game, jogging away from a crowd of reporters toward the team bus.

The Yankees are off Thursday before opening a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday. New York plays 17 of its next 20 games against teams currently in playoff positions.

After Tuesday's hijinks, Wednesday was a much calmer game. Frank Thomas added three RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their past 11 at home.

Wells finished 3-for-4 and scored twice as Toronto matched a franchise high with nine doubles.

"It's the right way to react to what happened," Wells said. "Anytime you can do that after a loss like (yesterday) is huge. That's what you have to do in a situation like this when you're playing one of your rivals and you need a big win."

Robinson Cano hit two home runs, one a two-run shot, and Hideki Matsui added a solo blast, but the Yankees' five-game winning streak ended.

After Cleveland, the Yankees return home for three with Baltimore and four with Detroit, then head west for three games against the Los Angeles Angels and four games at Detroit. After that, it's home again for a three-game series with Boston.

New York has gone 20-8 since the all star break. Twenty-five of those games came against teams with losing records.

"If we keep playing the way that we are it could be a very fun October," outfielder Johnny Damon said.

"We have some momentum. We have some guys swinging very hot bats now," he added. "We're feeling pretty good about our chances."

Halladay (13-5) gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings and walked just one. He improved to 10-4 in his career against the Yankees.

"You realize what a good team they are and you're not always going to stick it to them," Halladay said. "Every once in a while it's a nice feeling."

Chien-Ming Wang (13-6) allowed a career-high eight runs and nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, his shortest career outing, and lost for the first time in four starts. He walked two and struck out three.

"Everything was down the middle," said Wang, who had allowed seven runs three times previously. It last happened on May 10 against Texas.

Torre said Wang's pitches were moving laterally but not sinking as much as normal, leading to control problems.

"He was getting behind in some counts, which was uncharacteristic," Torre said.

Toronto took a 3-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Rios and a two-run single by Wells.

Cano closed the gap with a two-run homer off Halladay in the third before Toronto blew the game open with a five-run third, one of two innings in which the Blue Jays batted around.

Matt Stairs led off with a double and scored on Lyle Overbay's single. One out later, Wells doubled home Overbay and scored on Thomas' single. Troy Glaus walked and Aaron Hill grounded out before Gregg Zaun chased Wang with a two-run double down the right-field line.

Thomas doubled home Rios in the fourth off reliever Jeff Karstens before the Blue Jays exploded for five more in the sixth off Karstens and left-hander Ron Villone.

Stairs walked, Overbay doubled and Rios reached on Derek Jeter's fielding error, loading the bases for Wells, who hit a sacrifice fly. Thomas flied out and Glaus walked before Hill and John McDonald sandwiched two-run singles around a walk to Zaun.

Cano and Matsui both homered off Halladay in the seventh. Matsui's homer was the 101st of his career, the most by a Japanese-born player in major league history.

Brian Wolfe worked a scoreless eighth before Jeremy Accardo closed it out in the ninth.

Yankees outfielder Bobby Abreu was ejected by home-plate umpire Derryl Cousins for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning. It was Abreu's first ejection of the season.

"It was a bad pitch low and in and I discussed that," Abreu said. "He didn't like the way I slammed the bat in the dugout and he just threw me out."

Torre said Cousins was too quick to toss Abreu, who was replaced by Shelley Duncan.

"The fuse was a little short," he said.

Notes

  • Glaus, who is stuck in an 0-for-21 slump, was the only Blue Jays starter not to record a hit. He walked and scored twice.
  • Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with an infield single in the sixth.
  • Stairs doubled in his first two at-bats to give him five consecutive doubles. He's the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat since Colorado's Charles Johnson did it in 2004.
 
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Roy Halladay improves to 13-5, yielding four runs over seven innings while striking out eight Yankees.  (AP)
Roy Halladay improves to 13-5, yielding four runs over seven innings while striking out eight Yankees. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 4
BB 1
K 8
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera, CF4010011 .302
Derek Jeter, SS3000010 .326
    Johnny Damon, 1B1000000 .257
Bobby Abreu, RF2000020 .284
    Shelley Duncan, RF2010011 .314
Jorge Posada, C2000111 .338
    Jose Molina, C1000001 .221
Hideki Matsui, LF4111012 .293
Jason Giambi, DH4110001 .260
Robinson Cano, 2B4223010 .309
Wilson Betemit, 3B-SS4000010 .241
Andy Phillips, 1B-3B3010000 .289
Totals3447419  
Batting
HR - Hideki Matsui (23, Halladay), Robinson Cano 2 (13, Halladay, Halladay)
RBI - Hideki Matsui (80), Robinson Cano 3 (68)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano 2 (24)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1
DP - Jeter-Cano-Phillips, Abreu-Phillips
E - Derek Jeter (14, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (L,13-6) 2.2988230 3.94
Jeff Karstens 3352320 10.13
Ron Villone 1.1422230 3.56
Kyle Farnsworth 1000010 4.76
WP - Jeff Karstens (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 59-28, Jeff Karstens 61-32, Ron Villone 50-29, Kyle Farnsworth 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 2-1, Jeff Karstens 1-7
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 17, Jeff Karstens 16, Ron Villone 10, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Matt Stairs, LF4320212 .290
Lyle Overbay, 1B5331013 .252
Alex Rios, RF5321011 .302
Vernon Wells, CF4234001 .261
Frank Thomas, DH5133003 .265
    Curtis Thigpen, PR-DH0000000 .275
Troy Glaus, 3B3200222 .250
    Hector Luna, 3B0000000 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B5112031 .274
Gregg Zaun, C3012200 .246
John McDonald, SS4012111 .273
Totals3815161579  
Batting
2B - Matt Stairs 2 (17, Wang, Wang), Lyle Overbay (21, Karstens), Alex Rios 2 (32, Wang, Karstens), Vernon Wells (31, Wang), Frank Thomas 2 (20, Karstens, Villone), Gregg Zaun (13, Wang)
SF - Vernon Wells (5)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (33), Alex Rios (65), Vernon Wells 4 (64), Frank Thomas 3 (68), Aaron Hill 2 (61), Gregg Zaun 2 (30), John McDonald 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Thomas (32), Aaron Hill 2 (27), Gregg Zaun 2 (10), John McDonald 2 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,13-5) 7644183 4.17
Brian Wolfe 1100000 2.11
Jeremy Accardo 1000010 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 108-68, Brian Wolfe 13-10, Jeremy Accardo 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-6, Brian Wolfe 2-1, Jeremy Accardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 28, Brian Wolfe 4, Jeremy Accardo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40811
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez