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Teixeira, Cano help Pettitte win fourth straight start

CBSSports.com wire reports

TORONTO -- After a brush with perfection in his previous start, Andy Pettitte had to battle in this one. He still came out a winner.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered, Pettitte won his fourth straight start and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Saturday.

The AL East leaders, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped Friday, have won 15 of 19 on the road.

"It was a real important game for us to win because you don't want losing streaks to become two," manager Joe Girardi said. "You want to stop it after one and get on another roll. We have a chance to win the series tomorrow and that's what you want to do."

 Yanks' Rivera reports no pain after throwing

Pettitte is 5-2 following a Yankees loss this season and 81-42 in such situations during his New York career.

Toronto dropped to 4-11 against the Yankees this year and has lost 18 of 24 overall.

Pettitte (13-6), who took a perfect game into the seventh inning in his previous outing against Baltimore, extended his unbeaten streak to eight starts despite not making it past the sixth inning in this one. The lefty allowed four runs and four hits, walked five and struck out three.

"I actually felt pretty good to start the game off but just got out of rhythm and really just struggled," Pettitte said. "It was a struggle all day. I wasn't locating my fastball to either side of the plate and I was having trouble getting my breaking ball over."

Girardi praised Pettitte for "keeping the damage to a minimum."

"The walks hurt him today," Girardi said. "He hasn't walked a lot of people lately and today they kind of bit him."

David Robertson worked the seventh, Brian Bruney got two outs in the eighth and Phil Hughes closed it out for his third save.

All-Star closer Mariano Rivera threw a bullpen session before the game and reported no pain in his sore left groin, meaning he might be able to return to the mound Sunday.

"It's not very often you get to save games on the Yankees if your name's not Mariano," Hughes said. "It's been nice. I think we have the depth and the arms in the bullpen to pick up the slack if he needs a break."

Derek Jeter returned to the lineup after a day off and got two hits, leaving him seven shy of breaking the Yankees record held by Lou Gehrig (2,721).

Cano hit a leadoff homer to right in the fourth, his 23rd, and Teixeira led off the fifth with a shot to left, his team-leading 33rd.

Both homers came off rookie left-hander Brett Cecil (6-4), who allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings while losing for the third time in four starts.

Pettitte retired his first 20 batters Monday night at Baltimore before an error by third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. ended his bid for perfection. Pettitte gave up a single to his next batter, Nick Markakis.

This time, Pettitte walked leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro to begin the first inning.

Leading 1-0 on Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the second, Pettitte appeared to give up his first hit in the bottom half when rookie Randy Ruiz hooked a 1-0 pitch down the line in left.

Third base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled it a home run but, after Ruiz circled the bases, the umpires huddled near third base before three jogged off the field and under the first-base stands to watch a replay, the first video review at Rogers Centre.

After about five minutes, they emerged and waved Ruiz back into the batter's box. Television replays indicated that the ball was indeed foul.

"I had the best look at it," said Hairston, who was playing left. "It was a tough call. It was really, really close. I saw it hit a fan in foul territory. That's why I was kind of adamant."

Ruiz ended up grounding out but homered to left-center in his next at-bat.

Pettitte walked the next two batters before John McDonald dropped a single into short right that rolled past a charging Eric Hinske, scoring Edwin Encarnacion. Cano retrieved the ball and fired it to the plate in time to nail Jose Bautista, who was trying to score from first. Bautista appeared to slide home ahead of the tag from catcher Jorge Posada but was called out by plate umpire Tim Tschida.

"It was a lot closer than I thought it was going to be," Pettitte said. "I thought he was going to be out by a mile."

Leading 3-2 on Teixeira's homer, New York added two more in the sixth off reliever Casey Janssen on RBI singles by Alex Rodriguez and Posada.


Posada and Rodriguez are expected to get the day off Sunday. ... Encarnacion was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. ... McDonald made his first career start in left field.
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Robinson Cano gets some well-earned praise during his 3-for-4 day.  (AP)
Robinson Cano gets some well-earned praise during his 3-for-4 day. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
New York

A. Pettitte
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 4
BB 5
K 3

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5020123 .330
Nick Swisher, 1B-RF5110108 .247
Mark Teixeira, DH-1B4111023 .279
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4021111 .276
Jorge Posada, C4111112 .286
Robinson Cano, 2B4231102 .319
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF-RF4000002 .254
   a- Hideki Matsui, PH1010000 .264
    Francisco Cervelli, PR0000000 .269
Melky Cabrera, CF4022002 .277
Eric Hinske, RF4110013 .249
    Johnny Damon, LF1000012 .288
a-singled for Hairston in the 9th
2B - Robinson Cano (41, Downs)
HR - Mark Teixeira (33, Cecil), Robinson Cano (23, Cecil)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (102), Alex Rodriguez (78), Jorge Posada (71), Robinson Cano (75), Melky Cabrera 2 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (31), Jorge Posada (28)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (10, 2nd base off Cecil/Chavez)
Team LOB - 14
E - Derek Jeter (7, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (W,13-6) 6444531 4.10
David Robertson (H,5) 1000110 3.29
Brian Bruney (H,11) 0.2000110 4.31
Phil Hughes (S,3) 1.1000030 3.11
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 101-60, David Robertson 20-10, Brian Bruney 14-8, Phil Hughes 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 7-8, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, David Robertson 4, Brian Bruney 3, Phil Hughes 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS3000202 .282
Aaron Hill, 2B5000023 .284
Vernon Wells, CF4000014 .247
Kevin Millar, 1B4000024 .216
Randy Ruiz, DH3111000 .294
   a- Adam Lind, PH-DH1000010 .305
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2200200 .200
Jose Bautista, RF2111200 .218
John McDonald, LF3011000 .247
   b- Travis Snider, PH-LF1000011 .221
Raul Chavez, C3010110 .273
a-struck out for Ruiz in the 8th
b-struck out for McDonald in the 8th
3B - Jose Bautista (2, Pettitte)
HR - Randy Ruiz (6, Pettitte)
RBI - Randy Ruiz (9), Jose Bautista (20), John McDonald (4)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Ruiz (4), John McDonald (3)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Scutaro-Hill-Millar
E - Edwin Encarnacion (8, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Cecil (L,6-4) 4.1733342 5.46
Casey Janssen 1.1322120 6.35
Jesse Carlson 1.1000000 4.68
Scott Downs 1211100 3.15
Jason Frasor 1200020 2.28
HBP - Cabrera (by Brett Cecil), Teixeira (by Scott Downs)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 99-54, Casey Janssen 38-21, Jesse Carlson 13-10, Scott Downs 23-10, Jason Frasor 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 2-7, Casey Janssen 2-0, Jesse Carlson 3-1, Scott Downs 1-1, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 24, Casey Janssen 8, Jesse Carlson 4, Scott Downs 6, Jason Frasor 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31295
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jeff Nelson