TORONTO (AP) _ No one is happier to see the end of another
Yankees road trip than pitcher Phil Hughes.
Rajai Davis matched a career high with five RBIs, Edwin
Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat
Hughes and New York 10-7 Sunday, snapping a five-game losing
Hughes matched a season worst by allowing seven earned runs in
four innings, and dropped to 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in his past four
“He made mistakes in the middle of the plate and they didn’t
miss them,” manager Joe Girardi said.
In sharp contrast to his road struggles, Hughes has gone 4-0 in
his past four starts at Yankee Stadium, and hasn’t lost in the
Bronx since June 20 against Atlanta.
Hughes, who gave up four runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-5 loss at
Detroit last week, lost consecutive starts for the first time since
dropping back-to-back outings April 25 at Texas and May 1 against
“It’s been a battle this road trip,” Hughes said. “I need to
hopefully hit the reset when we get back home, kind of clear my
mind and get back to doing the things that I was doing earlier,
just try and forget about these two.”
Hughes (11-10), said poor command of his fastball is to blame
for his recent struggles.
“It’s kind of just been all over the place and I haven’t really
been in control out there,” he said.
Hughes surrendered nine hits, walked one and struck out four.
Davis made the defensive play of the game, scaling the left
field wall in the seventh to snare a potential long ball off the
bat of New York infielder Casey McGehee.
“He hurt us today, there’s no doubt about it, offensively and
defensively,” Girardi said of Davis.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell called Davis’ catch
“outstanding,” and even McGehee was impressed.
“When I saw him turn his back I thought he gave up on it,”
McGehee said. “Little did I know he was just timing it up.
“I guess I’ve got to hit it a few feet farther next time,”
Rookie Moises Sierra had three hits and J.A. Happ pitched 5 2-3
innings for his first win since joining Toronto in a July 20 trade
“He did a good job,” McGehee said of Happ. “I’ve seen him
quite a bit in the National League. He’s got three quality pitches.
When he’s got all his pitches going, he’s a handful.”
Happ (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits, walked none and
struck out four.
Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his 15th save in 16
chances, helping the Blue Jays avoid a sweep. Toronto had lost 11
of 13 coming in.
“We’ve been in a tough stretch,” Farrell said. “A win always
lets people take a deep breath.”
Robinson Cano hit a two-run shot and Derek Jeter had a solo
homer among his three hits. Still, the Yankees lost for the first
time in five games.
With outfielder Colby Rasmus and second baseman Kelly Johnson
both nursing groin injuries and shortstop Yunel Escobar still sore
after being hit on the elbow by a pitch Saturday, Encarnacion was
the only player from Toronto’s opening-day lineup to start the
game. Johnson came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh.
Toronto was already without All-Star outfielder Jose Bautista
(left wrist), catcher J.P. Arencibia (right hand), third baseman
Brett Lawrie (ribcage strain) and first baseman Adam Lind (back).
Led by Davis and Encarnacion, Toronto’s makeshift lineup amassed
14 hits and 10 runs, one more than the Blue Jays scored over their
entire five-game skid.
David Cooper’s RBI single in the first gave Toronto its first
lead of the series, and the Blue Jays piled on with a six-run
fourth against Hughes.
Jeff Mathis doubled in a run, Davis hit a two-run double, Mike
McCoy had an RBI single and Encarnacion drilled a homer off the
center-field restaurant, his 30th.
McGehee put New York on the board with an RBI double in the
fifth, but Toronto tacked on three more in the bottom half when
Davis hit a bases-loaded double off former teammate Ryota Igarashi,
recalled from Triple-A after CC Sabathia was placed on the disabled
Facing reliever Brad Lincoln, Jeter led off the sixth with his
ninth homer, and Cano cut it to 10-4 with a two-out shot, his 25th.
New York cut it to 10-7, batting around in the seventh. Jayson
Nix and Jeter hit back-to-back RBI doubles and Nick Swisher singled
home a run, chasing Lincoln and bringing on Darren Oliver. Mark
Teixeira doubled and Cano was hit by a pitch, loading the bases and
bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in Andruw Jones, who
grounded into a fielder’s choice.
NOTES: Davis also had five RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels
on July 10, 2010, while playing for Oakland. … Jeter came within
a triple of the cycle. … Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki was held out of
the starting lineup for the second straight game but pinch hit for
Nix in the ninth. … Girardi said INF Eric Chavez (back) has not
been available since Friday, but should be ready to return Monday.
… With Sabathia (elbow) on the 15-day DL, RHP David Phelps will
start for the Yankees when they return home to open a four-game
series with AL West-leading Texas on Monday night. RHP Ryan
Dempster will start for the Rangers.
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