TORONTO — Ichiro Suzuki matched a career high with five RBIs and Freddy Garcia won in Toronto for the first time in more than a decade, leading the New York Yankees 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.
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.
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.
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.
Things started poorly for Toronto as the Yankees took the lead with two runs in the second. Robinson Cano scored on Jayson Nix‘s sacrifice bunt when catcher Jeff Mathis threw the ball into left field for an error. Suzuki added an RBI grounder.
Toronto cut it to 3-2 with three consecutive hits in the third, including an RBI double by Johnson, but Garcia ended the inning by fanning Omar Vizquel and getting Mathis to ground out.
Teixeira pushed it to 4-2 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 Russell Martin reaching on a bloop single that hit Johnson in the head and Suzuki following with a two-run single to center.
Blue Jays rookie Anthony Gose scored on a double-play grounder in the eighth but Swisher answered with an RBI double off David Carpenter in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez added an RBI single and Suzuki capped the scoring with a two-run double.
Toronto OF Colby Rasmus left after eight innings with tightness in his right groin. … New York 3B Alex Rodriguez (left hand) took one-handed swings off a tee before the game. … Suzuki also drove in five runs on Aug. 17, 2004, against Kansas City. … With OF Curtis Granderson held out of the starting lineup, Suzuki made his first start in center since 2008. Suzuki has now 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, Yankees manager Joe Girardi will not be suspended for his ejection and tirade Thursday at Detroit. … New York LHP Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) threw one inning for the Class-A Gulf Coast Yankees in his first rehab appearance. … Toronto recalled Carpenter from Triple-A Las Vegas. … The Blue Jays claimed RHP Juan Abreu off waivers from Houston and assigned him to Triple-A. … Toronto RHP Drew Hutchison (elbow) and RHP Dustin McGowan (shoulder) both had surgery Thursday.
Yankees thwart Jays as Ichiro drives in five
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