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TORONTO -- The New York Yankees have been hitting home runs at an impressive rate. They earned their latest win though using some small ball.
"Our guys are seizing opportunities and you have to do that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "These games are hard to win but our guys have been resilient."
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Vernon Wells hit New York's AL-leading 26th homer and finished with three hits, including a single to start the winning rally.
"Big day for Vernon to get us on the board and then in that 11th inning, to lead off with a single," Girardi said. "Just a big day."
New York has hit at least one homer in each of its first seven road games, their longest such streak since going deep in eight straight road games to start the 2002 season. But they didn't win this one with the longball.
"That's a sign of a good team, when you can take advantage of mistakes," Wells said. "Even though we have been hitting home runs, it's not something we're just going to rely on."
Wells and Francisco Cervelli singled off Loup (1-1) to open the 11th, and Ichiro Suzuki followed with a bunt to the third base side of the mound that Loup and third basemen Brett Lawrie both charged. Loup fielded it and wheeled to throw to third. But with Lawrie out of position as he retreated back to the bag, the ball sailed into foul territory and down the left field line, allowing both runners to score.
"I thought we had an easy play at third base," a downcast Loup said. "I didn't have enough awareness to realize Lawrie was crashing in on the play. By the time I realized he was backpedalling to the bag and wasn't there, it was too late and I'd already let go of the ball."
Wells said he was "shocked" to see Loup throw to third.
"You know what, you get in the moment and you make an aggressive play like that and sometimes it works out," Wells said. "You look great when it works out and bad when it doesn't."
The Blue Jays used a single and a sacrifice to put the winning run in scoring position with one out in the 10th but Kelley came on and got Rajai Davis to pop out, then got Melky Cabrera to ground out.
Toronto lost for the fifth time in seven games and fell a season-high four games below .500.
"You screw up the fundamentals, you're not supposed to win," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
"His back locked up a little bit on the right side," Girardi said. "My guess is he's not a player for me (Sunday). I don't think it's anything serious but it's the tough part about playing indoors sometimes. The good part is it's warm today but sometimes that turf grabs at you a little bit."
Wells opened the scoring with a homer against Mark Buehrle in the second that hit the left field foul screen, his fifth of the season and second in two days. Wells has five homers in 15 career games against his former team.
Wells improved to 23 for 47 (.489) against Buehrle.
"He's a guy who throws strikes and I'm usually a guy who's swinging often," Wells said. "I've gotten a few to fall in."
New York made it 3-0 in the fifth. Jayson Nix led off with a single and went to third on Brett Gardner's double. One out later, Robinson Cano was walked to load the bases for Youkilis, who ripped a liner to third that bounced off Lawrie's glove and rolled into shallow left for a two-run single.
Wells singled to load the bases but Cervelli grounded into a double play.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, who beat Baltimore with a five-hit shutout in his previous start, allowed just two hits through the first seven innings, but was replaced by David Robertson after Colby Rasmus' one-out single under Overbay's glove in the eighth.
Maicer Izturis struck out and pinch hitter Adam Lind walked before Rajai Davis grounded an RBI single up the middle. The run snapped Kuroda's streak of shutout innings at 20 2-3 dating to his April 8 start at Cleveland.
The two hits with runners in scoring position in the eighth were one more than the Blue Jays had in their previous six games combined, when they went 1 for 29.
Kuroda allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high seven.
"His slider was really good today," Girardi said. "He used it really effectively against the right-handers. He used his split pretty effectively, threw some early curveballs. He just mixed his pitches. He gave us a great outing again."
Making the 400th start of his career, Buehrle allowed three runs and eight hits in a season-high seven innings. His only walk was intentional and his seven strikeouts were a season-high.
|Ex-Blue Jay Vernon Wells (left) gets the rally started in the 11th with a single as the Yankees catch some breaks in the win. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||6||1||2||0||0||1||1||.257|
|Ben Francisco, DH||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.111|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.318|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||3||0||1||2||0||2||1||.295|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Vernon Wells, LF||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.310|
|Francisco Cervelli, C||5||1||1||0||0||1||4||.310|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.216|
|Eduardo Nunez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.184|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.172|
|2B - Brett Gardner (4, Buehrle), Lyle Overbay (3, Rogers)|
|HR - Vernon Wells (5, Buehrle)|
|SH - Ichiro Suzuki (1), Eduardo Nunez (1)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (9), Vernon Wells (8)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Nix-Cano-Overbay|
|New York Yankees|
|David Robertson (BS,1)||0.2||2||2||2||2||2||0||3.18|
|Shawn Kelley (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||8.22|
|Mariano Rivera (S,5)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 108-64, David Robertson 31-17, Joba Chamberlain 11-7, Boone Logan 15-8, Shawn Kelley 3-2, Mariano Rivera 10-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-6, Joba Chamberlain 1-0, Boone Logan 1-0, Shawn Kelley 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, David Robertson 6, Joba Chamberlain 2, Boone Logan 3, Shawn Kelley 2, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Rajai Davis, RF||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.275|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||5||0||2||2||0||0||1||.254|
|Jose Bautista, DH||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||.214|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.209|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||5||0||0||0||0||4||2||.235|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||3||1||.105|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.226|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B-SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.170|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.263|
|a- Adam Lind, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.222|
|Emilio Bonifacio, PR-2B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.192|
|a-walked for Kawasaki in the 8th|
|2B - Melky Cabrera (1, Kuroda), Jose Bautista (2, M. Rivera)|
|SH - Emilio Bonifacio (1)|
|RBI - Rajai Davis (2), Melky Cabrera 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis (1), Melky Cabrera 2 (3)|
|SB - Rajai Davis (5, 2nd base off Robertson/Cervelli)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Izturis-Kawasaki-Encarnacion|
|E - Maicer Izturis (3, Missed catch of throw), Aaron Loup (1, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Aaron Loup (L,1-1)||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||1.93|
|IBB - Cano by Mark Buehrle|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 108-71, Esmil Rogers 14-10, Casey Janssen 10-7, Aaron Loup 17-12, Steve Delabar 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-8, Esmil Rogers 3-0, Casey Janssen 2-0, Aaron Loup 2-2, Steve Delabar 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, Esmil Rogers 4, Casey Janssen 3, Aaron Loup 6, Steve Delabar 3|
|Attendance - 46095|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner|