The Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak by beating Toronto 5-3 Wednesday night.
The win puts the Yanks at 40-37, keeps them in third in the AL East, 2 1/2 back of Toronto, 1 behind Baltimore. They are one game out of that last WC spot.
Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs, Hiroki Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings for the win and David Robertson picked up a five-out save.
Kuroda’s first pitch of the game was hit for a HR by Jose Reyes.
The Yanks came back with four in the third. Johnson walked, Cervelli doubled him home, and after two out, Ellsbury singled in Cervelli and Teix hit his 14th HR of the year (355 career).
Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera has been a thorn in the Yanks’ side this year in these games vs. Toronto, and he was again in the fifth, driving in two to cut the lead to 4-3.
A walk, HBP, walk and SF by Teix gave the Yanks an insurance run in the seventh.
Kuroda went 6 1/3 (W, 5-5, 4.23), 3 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.98.
Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.85.
With an off-day today, the need for a win after a four-game losing streak, and the fact that Robertson didn’t pitch in a week, Girardi went early to Robertson for the five-out save.
Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Save #18. 3.08.
Jeter got hit #3388.
Earlier in the day, Tim Lincecum of the SF Giants threw a no-hitter against the Padres. It was the third no-hitter this season, following ones by the Dodgers’ Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw. It was the second of Lincecum’s career—both against SD. The only other pitcher to have two no-hitters, with both coming against the same team, was HOF Addie Joss of the Cleveland Indians, who did it against the Chicago White Sox in 1908 & 1910. Joss tore a ligament in his elbow a few months after his second no-hitter and died at the age of 31 in 1911 of a form of meningitis. Joss was a forgotten great who died much too soon. Lincecum became the second Giant to throw multiple no-hitters, the other being HOF Christy Mathewson.