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N.Y. Yankees (66-46) «02100003410120
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Ichiro drives in 5, leads Yanks past Jays

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TORONTO -- Ichiro Suzuki is hardly awed by playing for baseball's most famous franchise. Sometimes, he doesn't even remember he's a Yankee.

Suzuki matched a career high with five RBI and Freddy Garcia won in Toronto for the first time in more than a decade, leading New York to a 10-4 victory Friday night over the injury-riddled Blue Jays.

Mark Teixeira hit his 22nd homer to help the AL East leaders win their third consecutive game and snap a three-game skid at Rogers Centre. New York had not won three straight since sweeping Toronto at Yankee Stadium from July 16-18.

"It seems like we're starting to pick it up a little bit," catcher Russell Martin said.

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Starting in center field for the first time in four years, Suzuki drove in five runs for the first time since Aug. 17, 2004, with Seattle against Kansas City.

"There's always an expectation here, whether it's fair or not, that when you get traded here you're supposed to really come and help," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Some guys are going to feel that heat and I don't think it's really bothered him."

The 10-time All-Star hasn't had trouble trying to live up to the Yankee mystique.

"Sometimes I get up to the plate and they say, `Playing left field, Ichiro Suzuki for the Yankees,"' he said through a translator. "It kind of takes me a while to remember, `Oh yeah, I am on the Yankees."'

Whether Suzuki remembers who he plays for or not, Martin is happy to have him as a teammate.

"He has a knack for finding ways to get on base," Martin said. "He kind of solidifies the bottom of our lineup."

With center fielder Curtis Granderson getting a rest, Suzuki handled all three balls hit to him.

"It had been a while so I was a little nervous, but there were no tough balls at me today," he said. "Everything went well."

Garcia (6-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings to win back-to-back starts for the second time this season. He also did it July 7 at Boston and July 14 against the Angels.

Garcia, who walked none and struck out four, retired his final eight batters and won in Toronto for the first time since Sept. 17, 2000, with Seattle. The right-hander came in 0-5 with a 9.42 ERA in six starts since his last victory north of the border.

"I hate this ballpark," Garcia said. "I think baseball should be played on regular grass. Sometimes you get a routine groundball and it's a double."

Hit hard in April and eventually bumped from the rotation, Garcia has given up three runs or fewer in seven of his past eight starts. Martin said improved velocity is one reason.

"When his velocity is up most of his other pitches are crisper," Martin said. "That's really the big difference. His velocity was down when he was getting banged around a little bit and now that he's gotten velocity back, he's much better."

Ricky Romero lost for the eighth time in nine starts as Toronto dropped its fourth straight and was beaten for the 10th time in 12 games.

"It's not easy what we're going through right now," Romero said.

Romero (8-9) gave up three runs, two earned, and four hits in seven innings but remained winless since June 22 at Miami. He is 0-8 with a 7.26 ERA in nine starts since.

The Blue Jays returned home after going 2-8 on a three-city trip that began with a sweep in Seattle and ended with a sweep at Tampa Bay. They opened a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season, against the AL's three division leaders in New York, Chicago and Texas.

Kelly Johnson homered and hit an RBI double for Toronto.

Suzuki had an RBI grounder in the second, a two-run single in the eighth and a two-run double in the ninth.

Teixeira gave the Yankees a 4-2 advantage when he homered into the second deck in right on reliever Steve Delabar's first pitch of the eighth. New York piled on after that, with Martin reaching on a bloop single that hit Johnson in the head and Suzuki following with a two-run single.

Martin said he'd never seen a play like his looper that dropped over Johnson's glove and struck him on the side of his hat.

"I hit it off the cap so it probably had some weird spin on it," Martin said. "It obviously did something funny. It was not his most glorious moment, that's for sure."

Notes

  • Toronto OF Colby Rasmus left after eight innings with tightness in his right groin and is day to day.
  • New York 3B Alex Rodriguez (left hand) took one-handed swings off a tee.
  • Suzuki has played all three outfield positions since joining the Yankees. "If they say, 'You have to play catcher,' I'd probably say no," Suzuki joked.
  • After speaking with MLB vice president Joe Torre, Girardi will not be suspended for his ejection and tirade Thursday at Detroit.
  • The Blue Jays claimed RHP Juan Abreu off waivers from Houston and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (elbow) and RHP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) both had surgery Thursday.
  • Recalled from Triple-A before the game, RHP David Carpenter was optioned back to the minors after giving up four runs in his Toronto debut. INF Mike McCoy was recalled from Las Vegas to take his place.
 
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Ichiro Suzuki (right), starting in center field, matches a career-high in RBI he set nearly eight years ago.  (AP)
Ichiro Suzuki (right), starting in center field, matches a career-high in RBI he set nearly eight years ago. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

K. Johnson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 5
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5120002 .314
Nick Swisher, RF-1B5221002 .263
Mark Teixeira, DH5111001 .257
Robinson Cano, 2B4221100 .317
Andruw Jones, LF3100111 .220
   a- Raul Ibanez, PH-LF1111000 .247
Jayson Nix, 3B4110013 .260
Russell Martin, C3110100 .199
Ichiro Suzuki, CF-RF5025000 .262
Casey McGehee, 1B3000113 .226
    Curtis Granderson, CF1000002 .242
Totals391012943  
a-singled for A. Jones in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (27, Carpenter), Ichiro Suzuki (19, Lincoln)
HR - Mark Teixeira (22, Delabar)
SH - Jayson Nix (4)
RBI - Nick Swisher (57), Mark Teixeira (76), Robinson Cano (66), Raul Ibanez (51), Ichiro Suzuki 5 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 4 (15)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Swisher
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (W,6-5) 6522041 4.85
Boone Logan (H,15) 0.2000010 3.46
Joba Chamberlain (H,1) 0.1111000 8.31
David Robertson 1000100 2.63
Clay Rapada 0.2211010 2.87
Cody Eppley 0.1100010 3.16
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 78-51, Boone Logan 10-7, Joba Chamberlain 12-8, David Robertson 14-7, Clay Rapada 19-14, Cody Eppley 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 6-8, David Robertson 1-1, Clay Rapada 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 23, Boone Logan 2, Joba Chamberlain 2, David Robertson 3, Clay Rapada 4, Cody Eppley 2
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, LF3000100 .255
Colby Rasmus, CF4010000 .248
    Moises Sierra, RF0000000 .350
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4000000 .285
Yunel Escobar, SS4110011 .251
David Cooper, DH4120000 .287
Kelly Johnson, 2B4122011 .234
Omar Vizquel, 3B2000012 .214
   a- Yan Gomes, PH-3B2010010 .176
Jeff Mathis, C4011012 .219
Anthony Gose, RF-CF4110022 .218
Totals3549317  
a-struck out for Vizquel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (14, Garcia)
HR - Kelly Johnson (13, Garcia)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (43), Jeff Mathis (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Mathis (12)
SB - Anthony Gose 2 (4, 2nd base off Robertson/Martin, 3rd base off Robertson/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Anthony Gose (1, Throwing), Jeff Mathis (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Romero (L,8-9) 7432320 5.32
Steve Delabar 1433001 4.25
David Carpenter 0.2344110 7.12
Brad Lincoln 0.1100000 2.48
IBB - Cano by David Carpenter
HBP - Martin (by David Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 98-58, Steve Delabar 25-15, David Carpenter 27-15, Brad Lincoln 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 15-5, Steve Delabar 2-1, Brad Lincoln 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 29, Steve Delabar 7, David Carpenter 7, Brad Lincoln 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41610
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds