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Blue Jays get past ninth-inning debacle to top Yanks in marathon game

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NEW YORK -- After an improbable rally against Roy Halladay, the New York Yankees had a chance to complete one of those signature comebacks they're famous for.

Then, Gregg Zaun halted New York's playoff charge with one sudden swing.

Zaun homered in the 14th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays regrouped for a 5-4 victory over the Yankees after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth.

"I was proud of how we bounced back in the ninth inning. It's just disappointing how it ended," New York manager Joe Torre said.

Alex Rios hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who won their fourth straight and dropped the Yankees 2½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. New York's wild-card lead was trimmed to 4½ games over Detroit.

Halladay outlasted Chien-Ming Wang in a fast-moving matchup of elite starters, but the Yankees took advantage of a key error by second baseman Aaron Hill to tie it in the ninth.

"Pretty amazing against Doc," Jason Giambi said, calling Halladay by his nickname. "He pretty much was dealing that whole game."

Coming off a three-game sweep of Boston, the Blue Jays played spoiler against New York this time. The Yankees, who had won four in a row, lost for only the third time in 15 games.

In one day, New York also scratched two starters for Saturday.

First, rookie Ian Kennedy was passed over after he felt tightness in his back during a bullpen session this week. Roger Clemens was going to be bumped up one day to pitch in Kennedy's place, but then he was pushed back because his left hamstring is bothering him.

"We're just taking the safe route and giving him a couple days," Torre said.

Phil Hughes will start Saturday, followed by Mike Mussina on Sunday. Clemens is shooting for the series finale on Monday.

With one out in the 14th, Zaun drove a 1-1 pitch from Brian Bruney (3-2) to right-center for his 10th homer this season and second RBI of the game.

"I wasn't going to get cheated," Zaun said. "We haven't made too many comebacks in this ballpark, especially after blowing a lead like that."

Joe Kennedy (4-9) escaped a 13th-inning jam and got two outs in the 14th. Jason Frasor struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Betemit for his third save.

It was the Yankees' longest game since they played 17 innings on June 1, 2003.

Halladay was in control all night -- until the ninth. Ahead 4-0 and looking for his major league-best eighth complete game, he gave up a leadoff double to Johnny Damon before Derek Jeter grounded out.

Bobby Abreu's single put runners at the corners, and Alex Rodriguez singled to set a career high with 143 RBI. Hideki Matsui's slow groundout advanced the runners to second and third.

Jorge Posada hit a grounder toward the middle that should have ended the game, but Hill bounced a one-hop throw to first that Lyle Overbay juggled. Posada was safe on Hill's error, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out for a brief argument.

"No excuses. I thought I had a grip on it and I didn't," Hill said. "It all worked out I guess, but we could have won it a lot sooner."

Gibbons brought in left-hander Scott Downs, who promptly gave up consecutive hits to left-handed batters. Robinson Cano's single made it 4-3 and Giambi tied it with an RBI single to left-center that sent the crowd of 54,151 into a frenzy.

Casey Janssen retired Melky Cabrera on a grounder, finally ending the inning.

Halladay initially protested when he was removed, but he also understood the decision.

"Obviously, you're going to be upset when you don't finish it. I felt fine," he said. "But, I don't know how you can second-guess lefty on lefty with the tying run on first base."

Asked how Halladay reacted when he was pulled, Gibbons said: "That's none of your business."

Missing injured sluggers Vernon Wells and Troy Glaus, Toronto snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh with two runs off Wang. Hill hit a leadoff single, went to third on Russ Adams' single and scored when Rodriguez made a diving stop on Zaun's RBI groundout to third.

Adam Lind singled to right and Abreu made an outstanding, one-hop throw to the plate that was in plenty of time. But Posada couldn't corral the ball and was charged with an error after Adams slid in safely.

Rios' two-run shot off Edwar Ramirez in the eighth made it 4-0.

Halladay allowed four runs -- one earned -- and eight hits, striking out four and walking none. He threw 82 of his 110 pitches for strikes.

"That's about as dominant as I've seen him. He was having an easy time with us," Torre said.

Wang yielded two runs, one earned, and six hits in seven innings.

"He was just stacked up against a real good pitcher," Yankees pitching coach Ron Guidry said. "But that's what aces do."

Notes

  • Halladay has five complete games since the All-Star break.
  • Jeter doubled and singled, passing Torre for 118th place on the career hits list with 2,343.
  • Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth was unavailable because of a tight shoulder.
 
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Wilson Betemit is less than enthused to end the night, while Gregg Zaun celebrates his game winner.  (AP)
Wilson Betemit is less than enthused to end the night, while Gregg Zaun celebrates his game winner. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 8.2
H 8
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF6110031 .243
Matt Stairs, 1B3000100 .293
    Lyle Overbay, 1B2000010 .241
Alex Rios, CF5112111 .296
Frank Thomas, DH4000121 .270
    Joe Inglett, PR-DH10100001.000
Aaron Hill, 2B6130012 .280
Russ Adams, 3B6110022 .308
Gregg Zaun, C6112012 .247
Adam Lind, LF6020011 .230
Ray Olmedo, SS6000012 .162
Totals515104313  
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (43, Wang)
HR - Alex Rios (24, Ramirez), Gregg Zaun (10, Bruney)
RBI - Alex Rios 2 (83), Gregg Zaun 2 (49)
SB - Joe Inglett (1, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Stairs-Olmedo-Halladay, Hill-Zaun
E - Russ Adams (1, Misplayed grounder), Aaron Hill (13, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 8.2841040 3.71
Scott Downs (BS,3)0200000 2.28
Casey Janssen 1.1000100 2.40
Jeremy Accardo 2000000 2.20
Brian Wolfe 0.2100000 2.23
Joe Kennedy (W,4-9) 1000120 4.85
Jason Frasor (S,3) 0.1000010 4.28
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 110-82, Scott Downs 4-3, Casey Janssen 22-14, Jeremy Accardo 24-14, Brian Wolfe 5-4, Joe Kennedy 19-12, Jason Frasor 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 19-2, Casey Janssen 3-1, Jeremy Accardo 2-4, Brian Wolfe 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 33, Scott Downs 2, Casey Janssen 5, Jeremy Accardo 6, Brian Wolfe 3, Joe Kennedy 4, Jason Frasor 1
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF6120000 .259
Derek Jeter, SS6020001 .318
Bobby Abreu, RF5110102 .284
Alex Rodriguez, 3B6121003 .308
Hideki Matsui, DH5000111 .286
Jorge Posada, C4010002 .334
    Bronson Sardinha, PR0100000 .000
    Jose Molina, C2000012 .241
Robinson Cano, 2B6021020 .303
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B2000002 .246
   a- Jason Giambi, PH-1B4011010 .243
Melky Cabrera, CF5000012 .280
   b- Shelley Duncan, PH0000000 .246
   c- Wilson Betemit, PH1000010 .229
Totals52411327  
a-struck out for Mientkiewicz in the 8th
b-announced for Cabrera in the 14th
c-struck out for Duncan in the 14th
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (24, Halladay), Derek Jeter (35, Halladay), Robinson Cano (39, Halladay)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (143), Robinson Cano (88), Jason Giambi (36)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (32), Jason Giambi (14)
CS - Johnny Damon (3, 2nd base by Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1
DP - Mientkiewicz-Jeter
E - Johnny Damon (3, Misplayed grounder), Jorge Posada (5, Missed catch of throw)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang 7621140 3.72
Edwar Ramirez 0.1122001 6.75
Jose Veras 0.2000000 3.86
Ron Villone 1000000 4.42
Mariano Rivera 1000010 2.90
Joba Chamberlain 2000140 0.44
Luis Vizcaino 1100110 3.96
Brian Bruney (L,3-2) 1211031 4.17
HBP - Johnson (by Edwar Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 100-67, Edwar Ramirez 10-5, Jose Veras 8-5, Ron Villone 12-8, Mariano Rivera 10-7, Joba Chamberlain 30-20, Luis Vizcaino 24-17, Brian Bruney 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 13-3, Edwar Ramirez 1-0, Jose Veras 1-1, Ron Villone 2-1, Luis Vizcaino 2-0
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 27, Edwar Ramirez 3, Jose Veras 2, Ron Villone 3, Mariano Rivera 3, Joba Chamberlain 7, Luis Vizcaino 5, Brian Bruney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54151
Game Time - 4:45
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Ted Barrett