Yankees rally to beat Jays

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano follows through as he hits a two-run scoring double in front of...

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano follows through as he hits a two-run scoring double in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:15 PM ET

Maybe the match up wasn’t made in heaven.

Yet, it certainly favoured the Blue Jays.

Acting manager Don Wakamatsu brought on reliever Casey Janssen to face left-handed hitter Robinson Cano in the seventh with the game on the line.

Five pitches later Cano doubled to the wall on a 2-2 pitch and the New York Yankees were on their way to shaking hands in a heavenly, come-from-behind, 6-4 victory over the Jays before 47,744 fans at the big new yard in the park in the Bronx.

The Jays have dropped 10 of their previous 15 and are one game below sea level.

“Casey’s been our best reliever of late,” said Ricky Romero, who left with a 4-3 lead. “If he gets an out we’re standing here talking about a win instead of a loss.”

Janssen had held left-handed hitters to a .184 average (16-for-87) with three doubles and three RBIs this season.

Left-handed hitters were 2-for-2 against Janssen Saturday as following Cano’s two-run double, switch hitter Nick Swisher followed with an RBI single.

Romero had taken a 4-3 lead into the seventh and set down the first two hitters before plunking Curtis Granderson with a 2-2 curve ball, his 106th pitch of the day. He then walked Alex Rodriguez on four straight.

“Rickey deserved to get the win the way he pitched,” Wakamatsu said. “He hit a batter, walked a guy. We felt he was tired at that point. The toughest job of a reliever is to come into a situation where one pitch affects what a starter did all day long.”

Did you see that: Jerry Howarth has been broadcasting Jays games since 1981, but he gave ultra-high marks to the back-handed play third baseman Brett Lawrie made in the eighth, first, fielding Francisco Cervelli’s smash and then firing a strike to second baseman Kelly Johnson for an around-the-horn, 5-4-3, inning-ending double play ... “In my 30 plus years I can only think of a couple of defensive plays that compare to that,” Howarth said. “Robbie Alomar making the diving catch behind John Olerud on a Lenny Dykstra looper in the 1993 World Series (Game 1) and Devon White making the catch of a David Justice drive in centre against the Atlanta Braves in 1992 Series (Game 3), which should have been a triple play. They’d be the only two in the same debate.” ... “What Brett did was turn one of the toughest plays a third baseman has into two outs,” said Jose Bautista. “When a ball is hit that hard it’s a great play to even field it. I’ve been in that position, I know how difficult a play it was.”

The Wise one: The last time DeWyane Wise took over for someone in the bottom of the first inning as a defensive replacement? “In 2004, with Atlanta, the Braves were playing Chipper Jones out there a lot,” said Wise who took over for a “light-headed” Eric Thames in left in the bottom of the first ... Wise hit a Bartolo Colon slider into the Yankee bullpen for a solo homer in the fifth and in his previous at bat tripled into the right field corner when his bouncer hit the bag and hopped over the head of first baseman Swisher ... “Colon is pretty much the same,” Wise said. “He throws a curve or a slider in the strike zone and all of a sudden it’s gone.” ... Wise’s two hits ended a 2-for-15 skid ... It was the first time he’d ever tripled and homered in the same game.

In Game: Lawrie doubled to the wall in right in the ninth ... Playing shortstop Mike McCoy made a nice play on a Jorge Posada grounder ... Wise went a long way to track Cervelli’s drive in the eighth ... Romero ran his pitch count up in the three-run second as Andruw Jones doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Eduardo Nunez. Cervelli then hit a two-run homer, his third ... Adam Lind’s homer on a one-pitch, a scoring fly ball by Arencibia in the second, plus a Bautista run-scoring single and Wise’s solo shot in the fifth gave the Jays a one-run lead ... Romero and Lind combine to catch Cervelli attempting to steal second ... Shortstop Yunel Escobar jammed his wrist applying the tag and had to depart ... Second baseman Kelly Johnson made an excellent play on a Jesus Montero hard-hit ball for an out. Montero later singled in the sixth, the first hit for the Yanks prospect

Love means nothing: J.P. Arencibia was at the U.S. Open to see his pal, John Isner play Friday morn at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center ... The two train together in the off season at the Saddleback Resort near Wesley Chapel, outside of Tampa ... The 6-foot-9 Isner is the the No. 28th ranked player in the world ... “He played the longest match in the world, did you hear about that?” Arencibia asked ... Oh yeah, didn’t miss a volley of that one ... Isner beat Frecnhman Nicolas Mahut in 2010 at Wimbledon in a match which took 11 hours and five minutes over the course of three days, winning 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 70–68 ... Isner, who Arencibia says has had his serve clocked at 139 mph beat American Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 48 minutes ... Back about 1993 Robbie Alomar invited me to go to the U.S. Open to watch Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, but we never made it ... Brett Lawrie and Arencibia were off to the MLBFanCave Saturday night.


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