Bullpen rescues Jays in Gotham

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Cito Gaston had a team meeting the other day to talk about pride. With his team relegated to also-ran status in the American League, it becomes an important concept.

This was what he had in mind: coming into Yankee Stadium, where the Bronx Bombers have been having their way with all comers, and outduelling them 5-4.

Lyle Overbay broke a 4-4 deadlock in the fifth inning with a two-out home run, his 12th of the year, and the bullpen combination of Shawn Camp, Brandon League, Jesse Carlson and Jason Frasor shut down the Yankees the rest of the way, to snap New York's six-game home winning streak. The four relievers pitched 52/3 innings and allowed just four baserunners.

Toronto starter Marc Rzepczynski lasted only into the fourth inning, touched up for solo home runs by Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Jerry Hairston, Jr. Nick Swisher also got Rzepcynski for a sacrifice fly, cashing Cano who had doubled to lead off the fourth.

The Jays got a huge break in the fourth inning that led to a three-run rally, overcoming a 2-1 Yankee lead.

With Overbay at second and Vernon Wells at first, Jose Bautista hit a groundball back to the pitcher, Sergio Mitre. Second baseman Cano could not handle the throw. Overbay scored all the way from second and Wells got to third on a second Cano error. Wells scored on Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly and then Bautista scored on a triple by Joe Inglett, giving Toronto a 4-2 advantage.

Cano and Hairston hit back-to-back homers in the fourth, but Overbay's bomb in the fifth, gave Toronto the lead.

The Jays learned just before game time that Chicago had claimed Alex Rios on waivers and that the Jays would not rescind the waivers.

"It's tough to see a good friend go," said Barajas. "He was emotional. I don't think (leaving) was what he wanted but it's just the way the game is sometimes."

"Everybody loves Alex," said Aaron Hill. "He's a great guy with a lot of talent. Hopefully he does his thing with Chicago.

"In a positive sense, (the Jays) got back whatever he signed for. Maybe get a few free agents. Whatever, the bottom line is we've got to go out and play ball."


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