Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2: Hughes solid in comeback win

Jim McIsaac

Phil Hughes' performance on the mound was enough to keep the Blue Jays' bats at bay, and allow for a seventh inning comeback.

The Yankees completed a four game sweep of the Blue Jays on Sunday, thanks to a decent pitching performance by Phil Hughes and a seventh inning fightback from the offense.

R.A. Dickey started for Toronto and was able to keep the Yankees' offense quiet for most of the day. Dickey allowed a home run to Brennan Boesch in the bottom of the second, which gave the Yankees' the lead. Other than that, Dickey held the Yankees to just one other hit and a walk through the first six innings.

But thankfully for the Yankees, Decent Phil Hughes showed up on the mound. Hughes threw six solid innings striking out nine, allowing seven hits and one walk. It wasn't spectacular, but it was good enough to keep the Yankees in the game for when they made their comeback. Because they would need one.

Despite the solid effort from Hughes, he did allow the Blue Jays to tie the game, and then later take the lead. With two outs in the fourth inning, Edwin Encarnacion singled off of Hughes to start a two rally for Toronto. Next batter Melky Cabrera singled as well, putting runners on first and second. Adam Lind came to the plate, and he singled too, scoring Encarnacion to tie the game.

Two innings later, the Blue Jays took the lead. Jose Bautista led off the top of the sixth with a double, and Hughes looked as if he may be reverting to the Phil we'd seen earlier in the season. But he then struck out the next two batters. This brought Adam Lind to the plate, and the Yankees decided to intentionally walk the first baseman to get to Maicer Izturis. The move didn't work, as Izturis singled to score Bautista, giving the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. But Good Phil Hughes curtailed the damage, striking out Henry Blanco to keep the Yankees down just a run. Which would be a deficit they could get past.

R.A. Dickey got through six innings relatively easily for Toronto, but the seventh wouldn't go as well. Travis Hafner led off the inning with a single off the knuckleballer. But Dickey retired the next two hitters, bringing Lyle Overbay to the plate with two outs. The Yankees continued their 2013 trend of scoring runs with two outs, as Overbay hit a home run over the right-centerfield wall, and suddenly the Yankees had a 3-2 lead.

Boone Logan had pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Yankees, and it was up to the rest of the Yankee bullpen to finish off the game. And they did. David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Mariano Rivera matched that with a 1-2-3 ninth, sealing the win for the Yankees

Following up their four game sweep of Toronto, the Yankees welcome the Houston Astros for their first AL series in New York. Andy Pettitte gets the start for the Monday game. First pitch is at 7:05 eastern.

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