Seven innings passed, and the Yankees stood on the verge of another letdown that might have been the final straw. But this time, the offense fought back. A four-run eighth inning was capped by Vernon Wells’ game-winning, two-run double, sending the Yankees to a just-barely 4-3 win against the Blue Jays. Down 3-0 with two innings to play, the rally started with Brendan Ryan’s ground-rule double, only the Yankees fourth hit of the night, but enough to chase Jays starter J.A. Happ. Curtis Granderson followed with a single, Alex Rodriguez struck out, Robinson Cano singled in a run, Alfonso Soriano doubled in a run, and Wells delivered the go-ahead blow to left. Four runs were more than the Yankees had scored in their previous 36 innings combined. Mariano Rivera pitched out of trouble in the ninth and closed out the win with a four-out save. The fifth-starter tandem of Phil Hughes and David Huff proved generally effective once again. Those two combined for three runs through seven innings. All of the runs came on home runs.
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