Mark Teixeira was the one who got the celebratory pie in the face for his game-winning hit. All CC Sabathia did was hold the Blue Jays hitless over the final five innings to give the Yankees a chance to rally.
Sabathia pitched a complete game and Teixeira capped a late comeback from three runs down with a game-ending single in the ninth inning to lift New York to a 5-4 victory over Toronto.
Sabathia (5-3) retired the final 16 batters in his first nine-inning complete game at home for the Yankees. He gave up eight hits and four runs in the first four innings.
“It’s one of those things _ they hadn’t hit the ball hard, but they’re all line drives in the box score,” Sabathia said. “My job is to keep it close and good things are going to happen.”
They sure did.
The Yankees rallied for two runs in the eighth against relievers Casey Janssen and Marc Rzepczynski, and two in the ninth off Frank Francisco (1-2) for their sixth win in eight games _ and their second walkoff win of the season.
Robinson Cano had an RBI double in the eighth and Canadian-born Russell Martin followed with a run-scoring single. Slumping Nick Swisher, returning to the lineup after two days off, flied out to right field to end the eighth.
Francisco gave up a one-out double to Posada as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, the fans giving Posada a rousing ovation.
“It’s good to come in the game and see the fans react,” said Posada, who nine days ago was the center of controversy when he pulled himself out of the lineup after learning he was batting ninth against Boston.
With the crowd of 41,519 screaming “Lets go Jeter!”, Derek Jeter grounded to shortstop to drop to 0 for 5 for the second straight game. Granderson, who had four hits, singled to score pinch-runner Chris Dickerson to tie it. Teixeira hit a sharp grounder that hit off first baseman Juan Rivera’s glove and shot into right field for his first game-winning hit in the regular season for New York and fourth of his career.
Teixeira was chased down by teammates between first and second then was greeted with a pie from A.J. Burnett near the dugout.