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TORONTO (AP) _ Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, J.P.
Arencibia added a two-run drive and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the
New York Yankees 8-1 on Wednesday night.
Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson added solo home runs as the Blue
Jays tagged Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda for seven runs,
matching a career-high.

Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek (3-4) snapped a four-start
losing streak, scattering three hits over seven innings to win for
the first time since April 15 against Baltimore. He walked four and
struck out five.

Luis Perez worked the eighth and Francisco Cordero finished in
the ninth for Toronto.

Arencibia had three hits and scored twice, helping Toronto snap
a three-game losing streak and giving the Blue Jays their seventh
win in their past 11 home games against the Yankees.

Kuroda (3-5) allowed eight hits and a season-high three homers
in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Arencibia got the Blue Jays started with a two-out drive to left
in the second inning, his fourth. Encarnacion made it 5-0 with a
two-out shot to center in the third, his 13th of the season and
second in as many days.

Arencibia doubled and scored on a two-out single by Johnson in
the fourth and Bautista drilled a leadoff shot into the second deck
in left in the sixth, his ninth.

New York broke up Drabek’s shutout bid in the sixth when Mark
Teixeira singled home Robinson Cano, who had doubled. Teixeira’s
hit was the 1,500th of his career.

Johnson restored Toronto’s seven-run lead with a milestone hit
in the seventh, smacking a leadoff drive to right off Clay Rapada,
his 100th career home run and eighth this season.

The Yankees dropped to 1-13 when scoring three runs or fewer,
and 0-8 when failing to hit a home run. New York is the only team
in the majors this season to not win a game in which they did not
homer.

NOTES: New York SS Derek Jeter got the day off and was replaced
by Jayson Nix, with Curtis Granderson moving up to the leadoff
spot. It was Jeter’s first day off this season. … Yankees RHP
Ivan Nova (right ankle) did not throw his scheduled bullpen session
Wednesday but is expected to throw a side session Thursday. Manager
Joe Girardi said he still expects Nova to make his next scheduled
start, Saturday against Cincinnati. … Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie
was suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for
Tuesday night’s altercation with umpire Bill Miller. Lawrie is
appealing and can play until there is a hearing, which could be
held next week via video conference. … The Blue Jays were
unsuccessful in detaining the fan who hit Miller on the shoulder
with a cup of beer as the umpires walked off the field Tuesday.
Umpires and stadium security pointed at the fan, but he managed to
evade security as he exited the building. … OF Vladimir Guerrero,
who signed a minor league contract with Toronto last week, has
started taking batting practice at extended spring training in
Florida and could see his first game action next week.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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