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TORONTO -- With his sinker showing plenty of bite, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek earned some high praise Wednesday night.
Coming in winless since April 15, Drabek allowed one run and three hits, walked four and struck out five. Thirteen of his 21 outs came on the ground.
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"That sinker was really working," New York first baseman Mark Teixeira raved. "You don't want to say Halladay because Halladay is a special pitcher but I felt like Halladay was out there tonight because [Drabek] just wasn't getting the ball up in the zone at all."
Drabek said he benefited from aiming slightly higher when delivering his sinker, an adjustment he worked on between starts.
"Really, it was just trying to throw it higher and allow it to sink back down," he said. "My last two starts I've been trying to throw it more on the black and not as high, and that's when it tends to bounce."
The only thing bouncing Wednesday, however, were the balls Yankees batters were driving into the turf.
"He got us to beat the ball into the ground tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It seemed like we weren't quite able to lay off some of the sinkers that were a little bit below the zone and he took advantage of that."
Arencibia had three hits and scored twice, helping Toronto snap a three-game losing streak and giving the Blue Jays their seventh victory in their past 11 home games against the Yankees.
Three of the four Toronto homers came off Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who matched a career-high by allowing seven runs.
"At times [Kuroda] threw the ball really well but when he got a ball up, they didn't miss it," Girardi said.
New York has scored 11 total runs in eight May defeats and, after a 1-for-8 showing Wednesday, is only 3 for 53 with runners in scoring position in those games. Catcher Russell Martin acknowledged some Yankees hitters were trying to do too much at the plate.
"We got in a hole and then it seemed like every hitter was trying to hit a three-run homer with nobody on," Martin said. "That's not how you win ballgames."
Kuroda (3-5) allowed eight hits and a season-high three homers in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Arencibia got the Blue Jays started with a two-out drive to left in the second inning, his fourth. Encarnacion made it 5-0 with a two-out shot to center in the third, his 13th of the season and second in as many days.
Arencibia doubled and scored on a two-out single by Johnson in the fourth and Bautista drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck in left in the sixth, his ninth.
New York broke up Drabek's shutout bid in the sixth when Teixeira singled home Robinson Cano, who had doubled. Teixeira's hit was the 1,500th of his career, while Cano's double was his 300th.
Johnson restored Toronto's seven-run lead with a milestone hit in the seventh, smacking a leadoff drive to right off Clay Rapada, his 100th career home run and eighth this season.
The Yankees dropped to 1-13 when scoring three runs or fewer, and 0-8 when failing to hit a home run. New York is the only team in the majors this season to not win a game in which they did not hit a home run.
|Brett Lawrie, playing because he's appealing his suspension, congratulates Kelly Johnson on his seventh-inning HR. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.248|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.302|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.279|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.234|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Eric Chavez, DH||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.295|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.226|
|Russell Martin, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.172|
|Jayson Nix, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.133|
|b- Dewayne Wise, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a-flied out for Chavez in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Nix in the 9th|
|2B - Robinson Cano (14, Drabek)|
|RBI - Mark Teixeira (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (6)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Nix-Cano-Teixeira, Cano-Teixeira|
|E - Robinson Cano (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Yankees|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,3-5)||5||8||7||7||2||6||3||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 101-62, Clay Rapada 10-10, Cody Eppley 36-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 4-5, Clay Rapada 1-1, Cody Eppley 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Clay Rapada 4, Cody Eppley 7|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.266|
|Eric Thames, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.257|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||2||1||1||1||1||0||.199|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||1||3||3||0||0||0||.283|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||1||0||0||0||2||1||.281|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.208|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||2||3||2||0||1||0||.243|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.186|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.105|
|2B - Eric Thames (5, Kuroda), J.P. Arencibia (6, Kuroda)|
|HR - Kelly Johnson (8, Rapada), Jose Bautista (9, Kuroda), Edwin Encarnacion (13, Kuroda), J.P. Arencibia (4, Kuroda)|
|RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (21), Jose Bautista (20), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (34), J.P. Arencibia 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (10), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (13), J.P. Arencibia 2 (2)|
|SB - Brett Lawrie (6, 2nd base off Kuroda/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kyle Drabek (W,3-4)||7||3||1||1||4||5||0||3.30|
|HBP - Ibanez (by Kyle Drabek)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Drabek 113-60, Luis Perez 22-11, Francisco Cordero 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Drabek 13-3|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Drabek 29, Luis Perez 5, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 28915|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Bill Miller|