Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Yankees double Blue Jays for mini sweep

The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez took a two-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays with a win on Wednesday night in Toronto.The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez took a two-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays with a win on Wednesday night in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Make that another come from behind win for the New York Yankees.

Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, the Bronx Bombers tagged the Toronto Blue Jays for four runs to take an 8-4 win on Wednesday and a sweep of the two-game series.

New York's Alfredo Aceves (7-1) scooped up the win as Blue Jays rookie Marc Rzepczynski (1-3) took the loss, giving up five runs off of six hits in six innings of work.

Aceves cleans up Mitre's mess

The two teams were tied at two going into the fifth when Adam Lind grabbed his second hit of the game by launching a second-deck shot to right field to put the Blue Jays on top. The next batter, Lyle Overbay, put the kibosh on Yankees' starter Sergio Mitre's night with a single up the middle.

That hit brought New York manager Joe Girardi out of the dugout to replace his starter with Aceves. The reliever took the ball and escorted his squad out of the inning without sustaining any more damage by forcing Vernon Wells to fly out and striking out Alex Rios, both Blue jays who notched RBI singles off of Mitre in the first inning.

One pitch removed from nearly being plunked in the head by Rzepczynski in the top of the sixth, Damon was robbed of extra bases by a running, jumping catch at the wall by Wells.

After the Toronto starter struck out Teixeira for his seventh strikeout of the night, Wells would snag another long, fly ball off the bat of Alex Rodriguez to help his pitcher retire 10 straight.

It would be the last out Rzepczynski would register.

In an almost mirror image of what happened to Mitre in the fifth, the Blue Jays starter would leave the mound in the seventh after giving up a solo shot and a hit up the middle. Nick Swisher hit a leadoff homer and Robinson Cano tagged Rzepczynski with a double to bring new addition Jeremy Roenicke to the mound with the game tied at three.

Yankees take over in the 7th

While the New York reliever cleaned up the mess left by his pitcher, Roenicke struggled as the Yankees went through their batting order. After Melky Cabrera pushed Cano to third, Matsui would get a ball to drop in shallow left to score Cano and give his team the lead.

Despite striking out Jeter, Roenicke couldn't stop the bleeding there and proceeded to walk two more batters and give up RBI singles to both Damon and Teixeira to complete the four-run inning.

Facing a 7-4 deficit, leadoff man Marco Scutaro lit up Aceves for a solo home run of his own to draw Toronto within a pair of runs.

The Yankees quickly clawed back the run and then some.

Cano, doubling for the second time in the game, scored off a sac-fly to restore the three-run cushion in the eighth and Damon would add a home run in the ninth to put the game out of reach.