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TORONTO (AP) _ Mariano Rivera remained on hold at 600 saves when
CC Sabathia failed to hold a fifth-inning lead and Jose Molina’s
single in the ninth lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York
Yankees 5-4 Friday night.

Ahead 3-1, Sabathia allowed a three-run double to Aaron Lind in
the fifth. Nick Swisher’s RBI single tied it in the sixth, but Lind
doubled off Boone Logan (5-3) leading off the ninth. Molina, who
played for the Yankees from 2007-09, singled with one out off Cory
Wade.

New York lost its second straight game on the last at-bat since
Rivera got his 600th save Tuesday at Seattle, moving within one of
Trevor Hoffman’s career record.

The Yankees, who began the night with a season-high 4 1-2-game
lead in the AL East, dropped to 3-5 on a 10-game trip that
concludes with weekend games at Toronto. New York then returns to
Yankee Stadium for a homestand that originally was five games but
has swelled to eight because of rainouts.

Casey Janssen (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings as Toronto won
for the fourth time in five games.

Sabathia failed to earn his 20th win for the second straight
start. The Yankees ace needed 120 pitches to get through 5 2-3
innings, matched a season-high by allowing 10 hits and walked four.
Jose Bautista, 0 for 19 against CC Sabathia coming in, singled
in the first to put runners at the corners, and Edwin Encarnacion
hit into a run-scoring forceout.

Swisher’s RBI double and Eric Chavez’s second homer of the
season, a two-run drive, put the Yankees ahead 3-1 in the third
against Dustin McGowan.

McGowan started in place of Brett Cecil, scratched because of a
cut left index finger sustained while cleaning a blender Wednesday.
McGowan allowed three runs and three hits in a season-high five
innings.

NOTES: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (left thumb) missed his sixth
straight game but was expected to return to the lineup Saturday.
… Cecil is to tart Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. …
Sabathia made his 100th regular-season appearance with New York.
… Yankees manager Joe Girardi said C Francisco Cervelli is still
bothered by concussion-like symptoms stemming from a Sept. 8
collision with Baltimore’s Nick Markakis. Cervelli, who is not
traveling with the team, saw a neurologist Friday and will undergo
more tests next week. … Toronto OF Colby Rasmus returned to the
lineup for the first time since injuring his right wrist on Aug.
23. … Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (bruised left elbow) missed his
fourth straight game. … The retractable roof at Rogers Centre was
open during batting practice but began to close during the first
inning.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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