For the first time all season, Travis Hafner started against a left-handed pitcher. It’s the only reason the Yankees won this game. Hafner hit a game-tying three-run homer, then a game-winning RBI triple to carry the Yankees to a 5-4 win against the Blue Jays. They’ll try for a four-game series sweep tomorrow. Yankees starter CC Sabathia once again lasted eight innings and allowed nine hits, two of which were home runs. Sabathia let the Blue Jays take an early 3-0 lead, and after Hafner tied the game with a three-run homer in the fourth — it was Hafner’s first extra-base hit against a lefty this season — Sabathia gave it right back on a solo homer by Brett Lawrie. But Hafner struck again in the seventh. After Vernon Wells tied the game with an RBI single, Hafner hit a go-ahead triple off left-handed reliever Brett Cecil. Because of a depleted bullpen, Sabathia’s ability to give distance was crucial, and Joba Chamberlain handled the ninth for his first save since 2010.
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