Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Lyle Overbay belted a go-ahead two-run homer in
the seventh inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Toronto
Blue Jays and a sweep of the four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Brennan Boesch also homered for New York, which came from behind to win each
game of the series. The Yankees have won four straight and swept a four-game
set from Toronto for the first time since Sept. 18-21, 1995.
Adam Lind and Maicer Izturis each drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who have
dropped six of their last seven and eight of their last 10.
Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (2-4) took the loss, allowing three runs on just
four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in seven innings. The knuckleballer
didn't suffer his fourth loss last year until Aug. 15 en route to a 20-6
season with the Mets that ended with an NL Cy Young award.
Dickey had allowed just a solo homer to Boesch and a single to Overbay in the
second inning, then didn't surrender another hit until Travis Hafner led off
the seventh with a base hit to center. The next two hitters flied out
harmlessly, but Overbay drilled a pitch into the bullpen in right-center field
for his third homer to put the Yankees ahead.
The rally made a winner of Boone Logan (1-1), who worked a scoreless seventh
in relief of Phil Hughes. The Yankee starter went the first six innings and
surrendered just two runs on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
David Robertson set down the Blue Jays on seven pitches in the eighth and
Mariano Rivera, after a day off on Saturday, closed the door with a perfect
ninth for his ninth save in as many opportunities.
Boesch put the Yankees on the board in the second inning with his second home
run of the season, but the Blue Jays tied it in the fourth with three straight
two-out hits. A dribbler up the third base line by Edwin Encarnacion started
it and Melky Cabrera blooped a single to left before Lind snuck a roller
through the infield for an RBI hit.
Toronto moved in front in the sixth. Jose Bautista doubled down the left field
line and scored on a two-out double off the right field wall by Izturis.
The Yankees improved to 4-0 in one-run games and are the only team in the
majors without a loss such games ... New York is 6-1 against Toronto this
season ... Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis was out of the lineup for the
seventh time in the last eight games because of a back issue. He started
Saturday's game ... Eight of the nine starters in the Blue Jays lineup
finished with a hit ... Boesch started in right field and Ichiro Suzuki
started in center, giving Brett Gardner a rest. Gardner played center as
defensive replacement in the eighth and Suzuki moved back to right ... The
Yankees will continue a 10-game homestand on Monday with the start of a
three-game series against Houston ... Toronto will return home Tuesday for the
start of a three-game set against Boston.
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