For a while, good fortune gave the Yankees a chance to sweep this series. But after bases-loaded walks gave them a lead, the Yankees gave it right back with an ugly four-run sixth inning, and the Blue Jays salvaged an 8-4 win today at Rogers Centre. Yankees starter Ivan Nova let the leadoff hitter reach base in five of his six (at least partial) innings. That included the sixth inning when he allowed a walk and a double before Joe Girardi went to the bullpen to try to preserve a 4-2 lead. Boone Logan allowed one run on a broken-bat single, and David Phelps allowed two runs on a just-fair double. Add an RBI single and a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays managed to pull away to keep the Yankees from sweeping the series. Four different Yankees had two hits, but the team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They took the lead on two bases-loaded walks in the fifth inning, and they expanded that lead with a sac fly in the sixth.
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