After four straight losses, the New York Yankees desperately needed a win to keep their chances alive with a win against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night.
The Yankees were turning to the recently demoted and re-promoted Phil Hughes and were hoping to get a decent outing out of their troubled starter, who started pitching well for the team, as he put up zeroes and kept Toronto off the board for the first three innings of the game.
Then in the bottom of the fourth inning, it was Colby Rasmus who hit his second-straight home run in a game, as he cracked a two-run home run off Hughes that put the Blue Jays up 2-0.
After the home run served up to Rasmus, Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasted no time in removing Hughes from the game, as he went 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, no walks and struck out two. He wasn't terrible in the outing, but Girardi chose not to keep Hughes in the game and potentially see him implode in the game.
Girardi gave the ball to left-handed long reliever David Huff, looking for him to get some quality innings and hold the game at that score, however, in the same inning, Huff surrendered a solo home run to Ryan Goins, his first of the season, which put Toronto up 3-0. After the home run, Huff did what was asked of him, and kept the score at 3-0.
The Yankees were kept scoreless and held to three hits in the game until the top of the eighth inning, where J.A. Happ left the game and the Blue Jays turned to their bullpen following Brendan Ryan's lead-off double, which brought in Aaron Loup, who allowed a single to Curtis Granderson, setting up 1st and 3rd with nobody out, which prompted John Gibbons to bring in Steve Delabar.
After Delabar struck out Alex Rodriguex for the first out, Robinson Cano's RBI single finally got the Yankees on the board and cut the game to 3-1. In the next at-bat, Alfonso Soriano's RBI double made it 3-2. The Yankees then take the lead when former Blue Jay Vernon Wells hits a two-run double and the Yankees went up 4-3.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, David Robertson got through the first two outs but allowed a single to Rajai Davis, which prompted Girardi to turn to Mariano Rivera to get a four-out save. To end the inning, Rivera got Brett Lawrie to ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Rivera ran into some trouble as he allowed singles to Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus, setting up 1st and 2nd with nobody out, but then Rivera bailed himself by getting Munenori Kawasaki to ground out and Lyle Overbay got the lead runner at 3rd for the first out, Ryan Goins ground out for the 2nd out and then J.P. Arencibia struck out to end the game and the Yankees got a much-needed 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays.
Huff got the win, pitching 3.2 innings of relief and improved to 3-1, while Delabar took the loss and dropped to 5-5; Rivera picked up his 44th save of the season. With the win, the Yankees improve to 80-72 and are now 2.5 games back in the Wild Card chase.
On Thursday, the Yankees and Blue Jays will play the series finale of the three-game set and play their final game against Toronto in 2013. The Yankees will send up Hiroki Kuroda (11-11, 3.13 ERA) who will look to rebound from his latest blunders on the mound as he will oppose Todd Redmond (3.2, 4.10 ERA.)
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