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Colon earns first W in two years as Yanks top Jays

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TORONTO -- Bartolo Colon put his best foot forward in his first start with the New York Yankees, and wanted something to remember the occasion.

Colon pitched into the seventh inning to earn his first win in two years and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Wednesday night.

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"It's very special for me," Colon said through a translator. "The shoes that I wore today, I'm going to keep them as a memory."

Curtis Granderson homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, who won for the fifth time in seven games and remain the only major league team without consecutive losses this season.

New York leads the majors with 30 home runs.

Colon (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time since May 26, 2009, when he led the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Dominican right-hander said he wasn't sure he'd ever make it back to the majors after personal struggles in 2009.

"I had a lot of problems, I had family issues," he said. "I never thought I was going to come back and play baseball again."

Colon struck out seven and walked two in his first major league start since July 24, 2009, for the White Sox. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner improved to 9-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 19 career games against the Blue Jays.

"Outstanding job by Bartolo, keeping his pitch count down, getting big outs for us," manager Joe Girardi said.

David Robertson pitched an inning, Boone Logan and Lance Pendleton each got one out and Rafael Soriano finished for his first save one night after closer Mariano Rivera had his first blown opportunity of the season.

Soriano came on with runners at second and third and loaded the bases by walking Jayson Nix. He got out of it when John McDonald popped up and Yunel Escobar flied to center.

Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees' lineup after missing the previous two games because of soreness in his left side. He walked twice and had a sacrifice fly in his first three plate appearances before striking out swinging in the seventh and going down looking in the ninth.

"Definitely a big relief for me just to get through the day," Rodriguez said.

Granderson hit a solo homer in the ninth, his second in as many games and sixth overall. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

"We always knew he had a lot of power," Girardi said. "I think what you're seeing is more consistent contact, hitting the ball harder on a consistent basis."

New York opened the scoring in the first against left-hander Brett Cecil (1-2). Nick Swisher drew a one-out walk, went to third on Teixeira's double to center and scored on Robinson Cano's grounder.

The Yankees added two more in the second on an RBI triple by Granderson and a run-scoring grounder by Derek Jeter.

Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia led off the bottom half with a drive off Colon, who responded by retiring the next 12 batters.

"He threw the fastball all the way from 87 to 95 and the ball moves all over the place," Rodriguez said.

New York padded its lead and chased Cecil with a two-run fifth, with Rodriguez and Cano hitting consecutive sacrifice flies.

The Blue Jays got one back in the seventh but a baserunning mistake cost them a chance for a second. With one out and men at first and second, Travis Snider lined a single to right. Edwin Encarnacion stopped at third but Arencibia rounded second and ran all the way to third, where he was tagged out by Teixeira.

Robertson replaced Colon and gave up an RBI single to Nix but struck out McDonald to end the rally.

Notes

  • The Blue Jays activated RHP Brandon Morrow (elbow) off the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Luis Perez to Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • Granderson's homer came on the first pitch of the season by RHP Frank Francisco. He started the year on the DL with a sore shoulder and was activated Tuesday.
  • Yankees RHP Mark Prior was placed on the minor league DL with a strained groin. Prior is at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Yankees RHP Phil Hughes (dead arm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session before the game, the first time he'd thrown off a mound since Apr. 14. Hughes will throw another bullpen Friday.
  • Toronto 2B Aaron Hill (right hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup. Nix started at second and McDonald played third.
  • Toronto's Juan Rivera, who is batting just .103, has been dropped from the designated hitter role, manager John Farrell said. Encarnacion will take over as DH.
 
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Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon gets a pat on the back from his teammates after going 6 2/3 innings in the Yankees' win.  (AP)
Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon gets a pat on the back from his teammates after going 6 2/3 innings in the Yankees' win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Nix
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5001002 .219
Nick Swisher, RF3210200 .273
Mark Teixeira, 1B5130020 .259
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2001222 .366
Robinson Cano, 2B3012001 .303
Andruw Jones, LF4000013 .250
Jorge Posada, DH3000020 .160
Russell Martin, C3120100 .314
Curtis Granderson, CF4222013 .273
Totals3269658  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira 3 (4, Cecil, Cecil, Janssen)
3B - Curtis Granderson (1, Cecil)
HR - Curtis Granderson (6, Francisco)
SF - Alex Rodriguez (2), Robinson Cano (1)
RBI - Derek Jeter (4), Alex Rodriguez (10), Robinson Cano 2 (13), Curtis Granderson 2 (9)
SB - Nick Swisher (1, 2nd base off Francisco/Arencibia)
CS - Alex Rodriguez (1, 2nd base by Cecil/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1
DP - Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bartolo Colon (W,1-1) 6.2522271 3.50
David Robertson (H,3) 1200020 0.00
Boone Logan (H,1) 0.1000000 5.40
Lance Pendleton 0.1100100 0.00
Rafael Soriano (S,1) 0.2000100 6.48
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 89-56, David Robertson 29-24, Boone Logan 4-2, Lance Pendleton 18-10, Rafael Soriano 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 7-4
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 25, David Robertson 5, Boone Logan 1, Lance Pendleton 3, Rafael Soriano 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS5020003 .322
Corey Patterson, CF4000021 .243
Jose Bautista, RF4010011 .304
Adam Lind, 1B3000101 .232
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3110102 .288
J.P. Arencibia, C3111111 .289
Travis Snider, LF4020021 .175
Jayson Nix, 2B3011110 .244
John McDonald, 3B4000025 .308
Totals3328249  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (5, Colon), Travis Snider (4, Pendleton)
HR - J.P. Arencibia (3, Colon)
RBI - J.P. Arencibia (7), Jayson Nix (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Nix (3)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Nix-Escobar-Lind
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil (L,1-2) 5655440 6.86
Casey Janssen 1.2200010 0.00
Luis Perez 0.1000000 9.00
Octavio Dotel 1000010 5.40
Frank Francisco 1111121 9.00
HBP - Posada (by Casey Janssen)
WP - Casey Janssen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 82-51, Casey Janssen 28-18, Luis Perez 2-2, Octavio Dotel 9-6, Frank Francisco 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 3-7, Casey Janssen 1-2, Luis Perez 1-0, Frank Francisco 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 24, Casey Janssen 7, Luis Perez 1, Octavio Dotel 3, Frank Francisco 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26062
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Ron Kulpa