Blue Jays win slugfest against Yankees, avoid sweep
Rajai Davis drove in five runs and saved a home run with a spectacular leaping catch Sunday as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a five-game losing streak by beating the New York Yankees 10-7.
Edwin Encarnacion also had a two-run homer among his three hits. The five RBIs matched a career-high for Davis.
Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ (1-1) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings on six hits that included home runs by Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano.
The Blue Jays (54-60) had a 10-1 lead after scoring six in the fifth but the Yankees (67-47) scored three each in the sixth and seventh to make it close.
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
The Blue Jays scored seven runs and had nine hits, including Encarnacion's homer, against right-hander Phil Hughes (11-10), the Yankees starter, in four innings.
It started in the first inning when Encarnacion doubled with two out and scored on a single by David Cooper.
Toronto went ahead 7-0 in the fourth.
Moises Sierra singled and scored on a double by Jeff Mathis, who took third after Yan Gomes flied out to right and Anthony Gose walked with one out. Davis doubled with two out to score two more runs.
Davis stole third and scored on Mike McCoy's infield hit to deep shortstop. Encarnacion followed with his 30th homer of the season.
Happ took a one-hitter into the fifth, but Andruw Jones doubled with one out and Casey McGehee doubled with two out to score a run.
In the home fifth, Davis drove in three more runs with a two-out double against Ryota Igarashi who had been called up from triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre after CC Sabathia was put on the disabled list on Saturday with a sore elbow.
Sierra started the fifth with a single and was forced at second by Mathis. Gomes walked and with two out Adeiny Hechavarria hit an infield single to short to load the bases for Davis.
Jeter hit his ninth homer of the season with one out in the sixth. Nick Swisher singled and Cano hit his 25th homer of the season with two out to cut the lead to 10-4 and right-hander Brad Lincoln replaced Happ.
Davis made a spectacular leaping catch to take away a possible two-run homer by McGehee for the first out of the seventh. Curtis Granderson started the inning with an infield single and scored on a double by Jayson Nix.
Jeter doubled for a run and Swisher singled for another. Left-hander Darren Oliver replaced Lincoln and loaded the bases after he gave up a double to Mark Teixeira and hit Cano with a pitch.
But the inning ended on a grounder to third by Jones.