Published July 02, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Gonzalez got even, hitting a go-ahead single in the 11th inning after failing to get a call in his previous at-bat, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-1 Friday to end a five-game losing streak.
Gonzalez singled for a 2-1 lead and Dewayne Wise's bases-loaded triple capped a five-run burst for the Blue Jays.
Robbed by left fielder Brett Gardner's catch in the eighth, Gonzalez came up again in the ninth with two outs, a runner on first and the score 1-all. Gonzalez appeared to be hit in the left forearm with a pitch from Mariano Rivera and grabbed at the nicked spot, but plate umpire Mark Wegner ruled it a foul ball.
Toronto manager Cito Gaston came out to argue and Wegner consulted with two umpires before letting the call stand. Rivera struck out Gonzalez with the next pitch.
Lyle Overbay opened the Toronto 11th with a single that skidded past second baseman Robinson Cano. A single by John Buck, a sacrifice by Jarrett Hoffpauir and an intentional walk loaded the bases for Gonzalez, who lined his single over leaping third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
After Jose Bautista was called out on strikes — Gaston was ejected for arguing with Wegner — Vernon Wells walked and Wise tripled.
Jason Frasor (3-1) pitched the 10th for the win. David Robertson (0-3) took the loss.
The Blue Jays, who lead the majors in home runs, won despite going without a homer for the fifth straight game.
Starters A.J. Burnett and Brett Cecil kept it close despite bouts of wildness. The Blue Jays tied it at 1 in the eighth on Aaron Hill's RBI single with two outs off Joba Chamberlain.
Gonzalez opened the Toronto eighth with a drive that Gardner caught while banging into the wall, and Chamberlain celebrated by raising both arms. Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson made a backhanded grab on Overbay's shot in the fourth.
Burnett began July with 6 2-3 shutout innings, following a June in which he went 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA. His slump coincided with the absence of pitching coach Dave Eiland, who was out for personal reasons.
Burnett gave up four hits and worked around three walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter. He got a quick visit from Eiland after a pair of walks to open the third, and Burnett retired the next three batters.
The right-hander got a big ovation when he was pulled in the seventh. He acknowledged the cheers by holding up his glove in his pitching hand.
Cecil limited the Yankees to one run and four hits in six innings despite walking six. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third when he recovered from a 2-0 count to strike out Rodriguez, then fanned Cano and retired Jorge Posada on a grounder.
Rodriguez put the Yankees ahead with a sacrifice fly in the first.
NOTES: Rivera made his 16th straight scoreless appearance. ... Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira appeared to hurt his leg swinging in the 10th. He stayed in the game. ... Fred Lewis stole a base, making opponents 23 for 25 on steal attempts against Burnett this year.