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Toronto ends 17-game Bronx skid, beats Yanks 6-4

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) For nearly two years, the Toronto Blue Jays had walked off the field at Yankee Stadium with losses. Every time.

Dan Johnson's 70-foot infield hit helped the Blue Jays stop their 17-game skid in the Bronx.

Johnson drove in four runs with the seventh-inning single and a three-run homer in the ninth, lifting the Blue Jays over New York 6-4 on Saturday for their first win at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 29, 2012.

''We were trying anything,'' Johnson said, ''just to kind of change the feeling, the mojo here.''

Toronto didn't take batting practice before Friday's 6-3 loss or on Saturday. Manager John Gibbons described the losing streak as feeling ''Volkswagen tracks'' on his neck.

Brian McCann's two-run homer off Drew Hutchison (7-9) put New York ahead, but the Blue Jays tied the score in the fifth against Chris Capuano, who was making his Yankees debut, on Melky Cabrera's RBI double and Steve Tolleson's sacrifice fly.

Toronto went ahead in the seventh when Shawn Kelley (1-3) walked Cabrera leading off and Jose Bautista doubled him to third.

Dioner Navarro, who had three hits, followed with a grounder to McCann, an All-Star catcher playing first base this week because of Mark Teixeira's strained back. McCann took a step in, checked the runners, but allowed Navarro to get by him and reach on a fielder's choice that loaded the bases.

''It was a such a strange play,'' Navarro said. ''We caught a break right there.''

Kelley struck out Tolleson, and Johnson was jammed by left-hander Matt Thornton as the ball blooped to the right side. Second baseman Brian Roberts reacted slowly, and the ball landed on the grass in front of him, with McCann and Thornton not far away. All runners were safe, and Toronto led 3-2.

''When you lose 17 in a row, you deserve something like that,'' Gibbons said.

Johnson at first thought the ball might be caught or even called an infield fly.

''One of the softest hits I've ever got,'' he said. ''There was three guys converging on it, so I couldn't really figure out what was going on.''

Roberts didn't think he had a chance to grab it.

''Maybe it's a play I'm supposed to make, but it didn't happen,'' he said. ''Bounces don't always go your way. One guy does everything right and one guy does everything kind of wrong, and the result goes in favor of the one that does everything wrong.''

Johnson made it 6-2 with a ninth-inning drive off Jeff Francis over the short porch in right, his first homer since hitting three for the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2012.

Toronto reliever Casey Janssen allowed Carlos Beltran's two-run homer in the ninth.

Hutchison stopped a three-start skid to win for the first time since July 1. He gave up two runs, five hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Aaron Loup walked a pair of batters with two outs in the eighth before throwing a called third strike past Brett Gardner with on a two-seam fastball with a full count. Casey Janssen allowed Carlos Beltran's two-run homer in the ninth.

''We needed a win - especially against these guys and especially here,'' Loup said. ''It seems like everything was bouncing against them today, so it ended up working out for us.''

NOTES: Gibbons said All-Star 1B Edwin Encarnacion, on the DL since straining his right quadriceps July 5, had a setback during his rehabilitation in Florida when he felt tightness while swinging a bat. ... Johnson also famously saved Tampa Bay on the final night of the 2011 regular season with a tying two-run, two-strike, ninth-inning homer off the Yankees' Cory Wade. ... Both teams were warned in the first inning by plate umpire Alan Porter after Capuano hit Bautista in the ribs and Hutchison hit Beltran above the elbow. ... New York lost for just the second time in eight games since the All-Star break.

 
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D. Johnson
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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS4100112.274.326.411
Melky Cabrera, RF4211110.310.359.472
Jose Bautista, 1B2110200.298.417.527
Dioner Navarro, C5130000.271.312.385
Steve Tolleson, 3B3011125.248.319.405
Dan Johnson, DH5124006.250.361.429
Colby Rasmus, CF4010114.216.272.440
Ryan Goins, 2B3000024.177.217.266
Anthony Gose, LF4000022.232.333.275
Drew Hutchison, P0000000.667.667.667
   Aaron Loup, P0000000.000.000.000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3469669    
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (27, Capuano), Jose Bautista (20, Kelley), Dioner Navarro (15, Whitley)
HR - Dan Johnson (1, Francis)
SF - Steve Tolleson (1)
SH - Ryan Goins 2 (4)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (53), Steve Tolleson (13), Dan Johnson 4 (7)
Team LOB - 11
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Hutchison (W,7-9) 6.2522371 4.44
Aaron Loup (H,13) 1.1100220 2.96
Casey Janssen 1222001 2.84
HBP - Beltran (by Drew Hutchison)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 89-59, Aaron Loup 37-22, Casey Janssen 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 7-6, Aaron Loup 2-0, Casey Janssen 1-2
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 30, Aaron Loup 7, Casey Janssen 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, LF5000035.272.350.420
Derek Jeter, SS4020110.272.328.322
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5110003.285.348.410
Carlos Beltran, DH3222100.227.284.428
Brian McCann, 1B4112113.243.296.382
Chase Headley, 3B5010022.238.301.362
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000001.274.325.322
Brian Roberts, 2B3000121.239.302.363
Francisco Cervelli, C2010100.317.377.444
Chris Capuano, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chase Whitley, P0000000.200.200.200
   Jeff Francis, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3548459    
Batting
HR - Carlos Beltran (12, Janssen), Brian McCann (11, Hutchison)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (34), Brian McCann 2 (44)
Team LOB - 11
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 6522440 4.30
Shawn Kelley (L,1-3) 0.1111110 3.69
Matt Thornton 1.2100020 2.70
Chase Whitley 0.1122110 4.87
Jeff Francis 0.2111011 5.85
IBB - J. Bautista by Chris Capuano
HBP - J. Bautista (by Chris Capuano)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 94-53, Shawn Kelley 13-7, Matt Thornton 22-16, Chase Whitley 17-9, Jeff Francis 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 7-7, Shawn Kelley 1-0, Matt Thornton 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 28, Shawn Kelley 4, Matt Thornton 6, Chase Whitley 3, Jeff Francis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46166
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Rob Drake