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Rivera's save total stuck at 600, Yanks fall to Jays

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TORONTO -- With October drawing near, CC Sabathia is struggling.

Sabathia failed to hold a fifth-inning lead and Jose Molina's single in the ninth lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees 5-4 Friday night that kept Mariano Rivera on hold at 600 saves.

"They made him work tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I didn't think his command was as good as it has been. He had some really good innings and then he had some innings where he struggled."

New York lost its second straight game on the last at-bat since Rivera got his 600th save Tuesday at Seattle, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman's career record.

The Yankees, whose AL East lead over second-place Boston was cut to 3½ games, lost for the sixth time in nine games and dropped to 3-5 on a 10-game trip that concludes with weekend games at Toronto. New York then returns to Yankee Stadium for a homestand that originally was five games but has swelled to eight because of rainouts.

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Sabathia won seven straight starts and nine of 10 from June 14 to Aug. 1. He's 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA in eight starts since.

"My arm feels good, my body feels good," Sabathia said. "It's just been not executing pitches when I need to."

This is just the second time this season the Sabathia has gone two starts without a win. He also did it Aug. 6 and 12.

"Command has been a big issue, but my stuff has been there," he said. "That's what's so frustrating."

Sabathia failed to earn his 20th win for the second straight start. The Yankees ace needed 120 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings and matched season-highs by allowing 10 hits and walking four.

"I still think CC is going to run off some good starts, I really do," Girardi said. "He just hasn't been quite as sharp. He went late into a lot of games for us. His innings have piled up."

Ahead 3-1, Sabathia allowed a three-run double to Adam Lind in the fifth. Nick Swisher's RBI single tied it in the sixth, but Lind doubled off Boone Logan (5-3) leading off the ninth. Molina, who played for the Yankees from 2007-09, singled with one out off Cory Wade.

"I thought when we got the 3-1 lead we were going to win that game," Girardi said. "Jose got a pitch up in the zone and didn't miss it."

Lind came in batting .178 (13 for 73) in his past 18 games, but left feeling good about his big double off Sabathia.

"You couldn't do it against a better team or a better pitcher," Lind said.

Casey Janssen (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games.

"We didn't miss pitches when they were on the plate," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Jose Bautista, 0 for 19 against Sabathia coming in, singled in the first to put runners at the corners, and Edwin Encarnacion hit into a run-scoring forceout.

Swisher's RBI double and Eric Chavez's second homer of the season, a two-run drive, put the Yankees ahead 3-1 in the third against Dustin McGowan.

McGowan started in place of Brett Cecil, scratched because of a cut left index finger sustained while cleaning a blender Wednesday. McGowan allowed three runs and three hits in a season-high five innings.

"Tonight was the sharpest of the three outings he's had," Farrell said.

Notes

  • Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (left thumb) missed his sixth straight game but was expected to return to the lineup Saturday.
  • Toronto has won six straight one-run games.
  • Cecil is to start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Sabathia made his 100th regular-season appearance with New York.
  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi said C Francisco Cervelli is still bothered by concussion-like symptoms stemming from a Sept. 8 collision with Baltimore's Nick Markakis. Cervelli, who is not traveling with the team, saw a neurologist Friday and will undergo more tests next week.
  • Toronto OF Colby Rasmus returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his right wrist on Aug. 23.
  • Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (bruised left elbow) missed his fourth straight game.
  • The retractable roof at Rogers Centre was open during batting practice but began to close during the first inning.
 
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Ahead 3-1 in the fifth, CC Sabathia reacts after allowing a critical three-run double to Adam Lind. (Getty Images)
Ahead 3-1 in the fifth, CC Sabathia reacts after allowing a critical three-run double to Adam Lind. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
New York

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS4000021 .292
Curtis Granderson, CF3000110 .264
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000011 .244
Robinson Cano, 2B4220001 .306
Nick Swisher, RF4122000 .263
Eric Chavez, 3B4112001 .273
Jorge Posada, DH3000000 .238
Russell Martin, C3000010 .234
Brett Gardner, LF2000100 .259
Totals3145425  
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (44, Litsch), Nick Swisher (26, McGowan)
HR - Eric Chavez (2, McGowan)
RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (83), Eric Chavez 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (25), Eric Chavez 2 (9)
SB - Brett Gardner 2 (45, 2nd base off McGowan/Arencibia, 3rd base off McGowan/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Sabathia-Martin-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia 5.21044480 3.01
Luis Ayala 0.1000000 1.79
Rafael Soriano 1000030 3.93
David Robertson 1100210 1.14
Boone Logan (L,5-3) 0.1111100 3.03
Cory Wade0100000 2.16
IBB - J. Bautista by David Robertson, Lawrie by Boone Logan
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 120-73, Luis Ayala 6-5, Rafael Soriano 17-11, David Robertson 24-11, Boone Logan 11-4, Cory Wade 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 5-3, David Robertson 1-1, Boone Logan 1-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 30, Luis Ayala 1, Rafael Soriano 3, David Robertson 6, Boone Logan 3, Cory Wade 1
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike McCoy, SS5130023 .207
Eric Thames, LF5000036 .261
Jose Bautista, RF1110400 .306
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4101107 .277
Adam Lind, 1B5033021 .255
    Adam Loewen, PR0000000 .357
Brett Lawrie, 3B4110121 .301
Colby Rasmus, CF5000035 .237
J.P. Arencibia, C4010001 .220
    Dewayne Wise, PR0000000 .202
    Jose Molina, C1011000 .290
Kelly Johnson, 2B3130100 .216
Totals375135712  
Batting
2B - Adam Lind 2 (16, Sabathia, Logan), J.P. Arencibia (18, Robertson)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (52), Adam Lind 3 (83), Jose Molina (14)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind 3 (29)
SB - Edwin Encarnacion (8, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martin)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dustin McGowan 5333241 7.50
Jesse Litsch (BS,1) 2211000 4.33
Casey Janssen (W,5-0) 2000010 1.94
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 75-43, Jesse Litsch 37-25, Casey Janssen 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 9-1, Jesse Litsch 4-2, Casey Janssen 3-2
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 19, Jesse Litsch 8, Casey Janssen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29323
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott