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Yankees fall to Blue Jays, remain half-game out of first

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TORONTO -- Cito Gaston's slugging Blue Jays gave him an appropriate goodbye.

Aaron Hill hit a three-run homer, John Buck and Travis Snider added solo drives and the Blue Jays gave their retiring manager a winning send-off in his home finale, beating the New York Yankees 8-4 on Wednesday night.

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"What a way to go out," said Gaston, who was showered with beer and water by his players after the game.

The struggling Yankees, who have lost six of eight, remained a half-game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East race. The Rays lost 2-0 to Baltimore.

Alex Rodriguez hit a home run for the Yankees, giving him 13 consecutive years with 30 home runs and 100 RBI.

Toronto leads baseball with 247 home runs, the fifth-highest season total in major league history. Seattle hit a record 264 in 1997.

Hill drove in four runs as the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games. The Yankees, already assured a playoff spot, saw Javier Vazquez (10-10) get tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"I had nothing," Vazquez said. "I didn't feel like my pitches were sharp at all."

Career HR Leaders
PlayerTotal
1. Barry Bonds762
2. Hank Aaron755
3. Babe Ruth714
4. Willie Mays660
5. Ken Griffey Jr.630
6. Alex Rodriguez-y613
7. Sammy Sosa609
8. Jim Thome-y589
9. Frank Robinson586
10. Mark McGwire583

Brett Cecil (14-7) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings to win his third consecutive outing. He is 11-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 15 starts against AL East opponents.

Jason Frasor worked 1 2/3 innings and Shawn Camp pitched the eighth for Toronto. Kevin Gregg came on after the first two batters reached against Jesse Carlson in the ninth. Gregg gave up an RBI grounder to Rodriguez, then got Robinson Cano to fly to center for the final out.

Rodriguez has 123 RBI. His 14 seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBI are the most in major-league history.

"It feels good," Rodriguez said. "You strive to be consistent every year."

Hank Aaron holds the record with 15 seasons with at least 30 home runs. Rodriguez and Barry Bonds are tied for second with 14.

Gaston was honored in a 30-minute pregame celebration featuring former players George Bell, Joe Carter, Pat Hentgen and Devon White. Tears rolled down his cheeks as he thanked the fans for their support, and the crowd of 33,143 gave him several standing ovations.

"I was certainly trying to hold it back but I think all the different things that were said out there, you just can't hold that back after a while," Gaston said. "I was just feeling that you try to do the best job you can at all times, but when you find out that you touched that many people's lives, and it's all for the good, how can you hold it back?"

Outfielder Jose Bautista, who has flourished under Gaston and leads the majors with 52 home runs, said he enjoyed the outpouring of gratitude.

"It shows he's a loved man in this town," Bautista said. "He brought two championships to this city. He's an icon in Toronto baseball. It was great seeing all the support he was getting from the fans and the love there is for him here. It was awesome."

The first black manager to win the World Series, Gaston guided the Blue Jays to championships in 1992 and 1993. He managed Toronto through 1997, was hitting coach in 2000 and 2001 and returned as manager in June 2008.

Toronto star Vernon Wells complimented Gaston on his trademark mustache during the speeches. After the ceremony ended, many Blue Jays and coaches used eye black to draw fake mustaches on their faces.

Most players found the eye black uncomfortable on their upper lip and wiped it off after an inning or two, but Snider stuck with it longest.

"He had a home run and then another hit," Bautista said. "He was rolling with it."

The Blue Jays' total home attendance for the season was 1,625,555. That's their lowest total since 1982, when they drew 1,275,978.

Once the game began, Snider got the Blue Jays rolling with a leadoff drive to right in the first, his 13th and second in as many games.

Buck hit his 20th home run in the second, becoming the sixth Toronto player to reach the mark this season. John McDonald followed with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Snider's single.

Toronto added one in the fourth when Hill scored on McDonald's grounder, then pulled away in the fifth when Hill hit his 26th home run.

Hill's drive spelled the end for Vazquez, who started in place of Andy Pettitte after New York clinched a playoff berth by beating Toronto 6-1 on Tuesday.

Vazquez was disappointed not to do more to make a case for his inclusion on the playoff roster.

"Today was an important day for me personally and it didn't go well," Vazquez said.

The Yankees chased Cecil with a three-run sixth. Rodriguez hit a home run and Francisco Cervelli and Greg Golson hit RBI singles. Frasor came on and escaped a bases-loaded jam by getting Nick Swisher to ground into a double play.

Hill made it 8-3 with an RBI single off Joba Chamberlain in the seventh.

Notes

  • 3B Rodriguez made a throwing error in the seventh, his first error since July 16 against Tampa Bay.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi went over to shake Gaston's hand before batting practice.
  • Pettitte and A.J. Burnett will start at Boston on Friday and Saturday, Girardi said. The starter for Sunday's season finale has not been announced.
  • Bautista, Wells, Hill, Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay are the other Blue Jays with 20 or more home runs.
 
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Cito Gaston, who managed the Blue Jays to world titles in 1992 and '93, goes out a winner in his final game in Toronto's dome. (US Presswire)
Cito Gaston, who managed the Blue Jays to world titles in 1992 and '93, goes out a winner in his final game in Toronto's dome. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS4120111 .268
Nick Swisher, RF5020013 .289
Mark Teixeira, 1B5010004 .259
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5112001 .272
Robinson Cano, 2B4100001 .314
Marcus Thames, DH4010001 .290
Austin Kearns, LF3100101 .266
Francisco Cervelli, C3031100 .266
Greg Golson, CF4011003 .261
Totals37411432  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (35, Cecil)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (30, Cecil)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (123), Francisco Cervelli (36), Greg Golson (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Kearns 1
DP - Kearns-Cano, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
E - Alex Rodriguez (7, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Javier Vazquez (L,10-10) 4.21077203 5.32
Royce Ring 0.1000000 4.50
David Robertson 1100000 3.62
Joba Chamberlain 1110020 4.39
Sergio Mitre 1000030 3.44
WP - Javier Vazquez (8), Joba Chamberlain (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 89-55, Royce Ring 5-3, David Robertson 17-13, Joba Chamberlain 24-15, Sergio Mitre 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-5, Royce Ring 1-0, David Robertson 1-2, Joba Chamberlain 1-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 24, Royce Ring 1, David Robertson 4, Joba Chamberlain 5, Sergio Mitre 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Travis Snider, LF5122011 .254
Yunel Escobar, SS4120002 .260
Jose Bautista, RF4000000 .259
Vernon Wells, CF4120001 .275
Lyle Overbay, 1B3100113 .243
Aaron Hill, 2B3224100 .207
Adam Lind, DH4010011 .237
John Buck, C4121012 .275
John McDonald, 3B4111011 .250
Totals35812825  
Batting
2B - John McDonald (9, Vazquez)
HR - Travis Snider (13, Vazquez), Aaron Hill (26, Vazquez), John Buck (20, Vazquez)
RBI - Travis Snider 2 (30), Aaron Hill 4 (68), John Buck (64), John McDonald (23)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Snider (13), Aaron Hill 4 (28), John Buck (15)
SB - Vernon Wells (6, 3rd base off Chamberlain/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hill-Escobar-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil (W,15-7) 5.1933121 4.22
Jason Frasor (H,14) 1.2100000 3.57
Shawn Camp 1000100 3.03
Jesse Carlson0111100 4.97
Kevin Gregg 1000000 3.26
HBP - Cano (by Brett Cecil)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 92-62, Jason Frasor 13-10, Shawn Camp 14-9, Jesse Carlson 15-10, Kevin Gregg 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 8-6, Jason Frasor 3-1, Shawn Camp 2-1, Kevin Gregg 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 27, Jason Frasor 5, Shawn Camp 4, Jesse Carlson 2, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33143
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson