Four outs away from a shutout, the Yankees instead needed a wild 11th inning to pick up their 10th win of the year, a 5-3 roller coaster victory against the Blue Jays. Having blown a late lead, the Yankees got a pair of 11th inning singles before Ichiro Suzuki tried to bunt the runners to second and third. Jays reliever Aaron Loup tried to get the lead runner and threw the ball past third base, letting Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli score. The Yankees previously led 3-0 on the strength of a terrific start from Hiroki Kuroda, who left after a one-out single in the eighth only to have Dave Robertson allow a pair of two-out singles that tied the game. Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and Shawn Kelley kept it tied until the Yankees could score and Mariano Rivera could close. Kuroda struck out seven, walked one and retired 14 of 15 at one point. Wells put the Yankees on the board with a solo home run, and they built breathing room when Kevin Youkilis lined a bases-loaded, two-run single off the glove of third baseman Brett Lawrie in the fifth. Youkilis was later pulled from the game because of tightness in his lower back.
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