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Blue Jays beat Yankees in 14th on Hill's winning single

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TORONTO -- Aaron Hill had the winning hit, but Toronto's bullpen deserved plenty of credit.

Hill singled home the winning run in the 14th inning and the Blue Jays got six innings of scoreless relief in a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

The Blue Jays' bullpen had consecutive tough nights in losses to Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing nine runs in four innings, but bounced back against the Yankees.

"They've had two bad games that everybody is talking about but they've had a great year," Hill said. "Today was one of the bigger wins of the year."

Scott Downs and closer Kevin Gregg each worked one inning, while Shawn Camp and Casey Janssen (4-0) both pitched two.

"Our bullpen was unbelievable," Vernon Wells said. "That's the key to the victory, those guys being able to come out and put up zeros for that period of time."

Facing right-hander Chad Gaudin (0-3), New York's sixth pitcher of the game, Edwin Encarnacion led off the bottom of the 14th with a walk, then went to second on Fred Lewis' sacrifice bunt.

Hill followed with a single to center, scoring Encarnacion without a throw.

"[Gaudin] walked the first guy, and that's what really hurt," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Then he got ahead, he got where he wanted to and he just left a slider up to Hill."

A downcast Gaudin struggled for words to express his disappointment.

"I let the team down, I let myself, the fans, everyone," Gaudin said. "It's tough."

Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, who lead the major leagues with 96 homers.

The Blue Jays have won six of eight, while the Yankees are 13-14 since May 9.

"It's one of those games where you wish you'd been able to score a run about two hours ago," Derek Jeter said.

The Yankees used a single and two walks to load the bases in the second, but ninth hitter Kevin Russo ended the threat by grounding out to short.

Wells put the Blue Jays in front with a leadoff homer to right in the bottom half, his 14th of the season, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.

Jeter put New York on top with a two-run home run to right in the fifth, his sixth. The homer gave him 1,101 career RBI, moving him past Don Mattingly into ninth place on the Yankees' all time list.

Jeter had a chance to add to the lead in the seventh. Batting with men at second and third and one out, he lined out to Hill at second base, who doubled Francisco Cervelli off third to end the inning.

"You'd like to direct it somewhere else, but unfortunately you can't do that," Jeter said.

Girardi called it the biggest missed chance of the game.

"He does everything he's supposed to do," Girardi said of Jeter. "He's supposed to hit the ball through the middle and hit it hard. We just caught a bad break. We did have a lot of opportunities besides that."

The play proved costly when Gonzalez led off the bottom half with his 12th homer of the season, tying it 2-2.

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high 10.

Joba Chamberlain replaced Pettitte after the lefty struck out Hill and Adam Lind in the eighth. Chamberlain gave up a single to Wells, then struck out Jose Bautista looking to end the inning.

Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings. He walked four and struck out seven.

The heart of New York's order, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano, went a combined 1 for 18 with seven strikeouts, including five by Teixeira, who matched a career high.

"[Jeter] was the only offense we had today," Teixeira said. "If it wasn't for him, Romero probably would have pitched nine and shut us out."

New York right fielder Nick Swisher made the defensive play of the game, leaping against the wall to catch a drive by Lewis in the third. Swisher also crashed into the wall as he caught Lind's deep drive in the 10th.

Notes

  • Yankees OF Marcus Thames was scratched from the lineup because of a stiff neck and replaced by Russo.
  • Janssen won for the first time since April 11 at Baltimore.
  • Toronto OF Travis Snider, out since May 15 with a sore right wrist, was scheduled to hit off the tee in Florida on Saturday.
  • The Blue Jays signed OF Dewayne Wise to a minor-league contract and sent him to extended spring training.
 
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Edwin Encarnacion comes home on Aaron Hill's single to send the Blue Jays to an exciting home victory.  (AP)
Edwin Encarnacion comes home on Aaron Hill's single to send the Blue Jays to an exciting home victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

D. Jeter
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS6122003 .302
Nick Swisher, RF4010210 .314
Mark Teixeira, 1B6000054 .215
Alex Rodriguez, 3B6010012 .295
Robinson Cano, 2B6000011 .356
Jorge Posada, DH6010031 .305
    Ramiro Pena, PR-DH0000000 .227
Francisco Cervelli, C5010111 .289
Brett Gardner, CF-LF4120211 .309
Kevin Russo, LF2000004 .200
   a- Curtis Granderson, PH-CF2000011 .257
Totals47282514  
a-struck out for Russo in the 10th
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (12, R. Romero), Brett Gardner (6, R. Romero)
HR - Derek Jeter (6, R. Romero)
SH - Kevin Russo (1)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (33)
SB - Ramiro Pena (2, 2nd base off Janssen/Buck), Brett Gardner (20, 2nd base off Camp/Buck)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte 7.25223102 2.47
Joba Chamberlain 1.1200030 5.04
Damaso Marte 0.2000100 3.38
David Robertson 1.1100100 6.75
Chan Ho Park 2100230 6.46
Chad Gaudin (L,0-3) 0.1111100 7.71
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 107-74, Joba Chamberlain 26-18, Damaso Marte 12-5, David Robertson 18-11, Chan Ho Park 39-21, Chad Gaudin 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 4-8, David Robertson 2-1, Chan Ho Park 3-0, Chad Gaudin 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 30, Joba Chamberlain 6, Damaso Marte 3, David Robertson 5, Chan Ho Park 9, Chad Gaudin 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, LF6000013 .292
Aaron Hill, 2B5011231 .190
Adam Lind, DH6000043 .212
Vernon Wells, CF5121111 .307
Jose Bautista, RF4000222 .254
Alex Gonzalez, SS6121022 .267
Lyle Overbay, 1B5030111 .233
John Buck, C6000015 .255
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4120211 .224
Totals473103816  
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (14, Pettitte), Edwin Encarnacion (5, Pettitte)
HR - Vernon Wells (14, Pettitte), Alex Gonzalez (12, Pettitte)
SH - Fred Lewis (1)
RBI - Aaron Hill (19), Vernon Wells (38), Alex Gonzalez (33)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Hill-Encarnacion, Encarnacion-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero 8522471 3.06
Scott Downs 1000010 3.12
Kevin Gregg 1100130 4.32
Shawn Camp 2100000 2.32
Casey Janssen (W,4-0) 2100030 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 105-61, Scott Downs 12-6, Kevin Gregg 24-16, Shawn Camp 24-16, Casey Janssen 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 9-6, Scott Downs 2-0, Shawn Camp 3-3, Casey Janssen 2-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 31, Scott Downs 3, Kevin Gregg 5, Shawn Camp 7, Casey Janssen 7
Game Information
Attendance - 37165
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Bill Hohn