Hiroki Kuroda fell behind early, giving up a run in the 1st inning, but the Yankees rallied back, took the lead this time after kept it after losing on Tuesday night, as the Bombers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night at the Rogers Centre.
Mark Teixeira told reporters after the game that is was a big win for the Yankees, who gained a game on the Jays heading into their off-day on Thursday before opening up against the Red Sox in New York on Friday, and he contributed in a big way, driving in three runs, two on his 14th homerun of the season.
Jose Reyes lead off the bottom of the 1st inning with a solo homerun off of Kuroda that put the Blue Jays up 1-0 before Kuroda could even settle in, which he did for the next four innings before Melky Cabrera knocked in a pair of runs in the 5th inning on a two-run single.
Kuroda worked well for the Yankees throughout the night, exiting with one out in the 7th inning. He tossed 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, with two walks and four strikeouts on 102 pitches.
Kuroda left with the Yankees up 5-3, so let me tell you how the Yankees scored their five runs.
The Yankees' offense, which came to life for a couple of innings on Tuesday, hit Jays starter Drew Hutchinson for around the park for four runs that put the Bombers up 4-1.
Kelly Johnson walked to open the inning, then Francisco Cervelli doubled to score him, putting New York on the board. A couple of outs later, Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Cervelli, then Teixeira blasted a two-run homerun off of Hutchinson that made it a 4-1 game.
Hutchinson lasted six innings for the Jays, giving up four runs on seven hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.
After Toronto closed the gap to 4-3 on Cabrera's two-run single in the 5th, Teixeira tacked on another insurance run for the Yankees with a sac-fly in the 7th against Sergio Santos, scoring Brett Gardner, who walked, moved to second on a Derek Jeter hit-by-pitch, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton and Adam Warren all recorded one out each following after Kuroda, then David Robertson entered with one out in the 8th, recording his first five-out save of the season -- 17th overall on the year -- to seal the victory for the Yankees.
Following the Thursday off-day, Vidal Nuno will be on the mound for the Yankees when they open up a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, with Brandon Workman opposing him for the Red Sox at 7:05 pm ET.
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