Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5(10)

Travis Snider went from total frustration to utter elation.

Snider doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning to give

the Toronto Blue Jays a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees on

Tuesday night.

The decisive hit came two at-bats after Snider struck out

swinging to leave the bases loaded, and responded by breaking his

bat over his thigh and angrily slamming the pieces into the dirt

around home plate.

”That wasn’t a great demonstration of professionalism,” Snider

said of his outburst. ”Sometimes as competitors our emotions get

the best of us. I’d like to call it a relief but it’s not one of

those things that you want to make a regular occurrence.”

The Blue Jays scored twice off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in

the ninth to tie it before winning it against Ivan Nova (1-2).

”That’s all the inspiration we need as players is to see what

we did in the ninth inning against Mariano,” Snider said. ”To be

able to give ourselves a chance, to go out there and just have that

shot, I’m very thankful for it.”

Edwin Encarnacion opened the 10th with a single. After Jayson

Nix and Yunel Escobar flied out, Snider drove a double to

right-center. Snider, who went 1 for 6, tossed his helmet away in

celebration as the winning run scored.

”We all saw the frustration,” Toronto manager John Farrell

said. ”But to his credit, he didn’t cash in the night.”

Jon Rauch (1-1) pitched one inning for the win as Toronto

snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time this

season when trailing after eight innings.

Jose Bautista hit his fourth homer for the Blue Jays, a solo


Mark Teixeira connected for a two-run shot and Curtis Granderson

also went deep for the Yankees, who lead the majors with 29 home


Rivera had converted all seven of his save opportunities this


”We got it to where we wanted to and we just didn’t hold onto

it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Escobar led off the ninth with a double to center, took third on

a grounder and scored on a wild pitch that was also ball four to


”I held the ball too long,” Rivera said. ”I wanted to go away

and it was way too away and ended up being a wild pitch. I was

upset with that one.”

Adam Lind followed with a single, putting runners on the corners

for John McDonald, who drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt

up the first-base line. Teixeira charged the ball and flipped to

catcher Russell Martin, but it was too late to get the sliding


”It’s just a great play,” Teixeira said. ”That’s why you run

it because when it’s run well, it’s almost impossible to defend. I

thought there might have been a chance to get him so I gave it a

quick flip but it was a good play.”

Jose Molina followed with a single, loading the bases for Corey

Patterson, who grounded into a double play.

The rally snapped Rivera’s streak of 17 1-3 scoreless innings in

April, a run that stretched back to April 30, 2009.

”That’s the thing about Mo, he’s not perfect but he’s close to

it,” Teixeira said.

Bautista got the Blue Jays started with a drive off A.J. Burnett

in the first, but the Yankees answered with a two-run second. Nick

Swisher and Eric Chavez opened the inning with walks, Jorge Posada

hit an RBI single and a second run scored on Martin’s double-play


Toronto tied it in the third, taking advantage of a throwing

error by Burnett. Bautista drew a one-out walk, took second on a

wild pitch, then escaped from a rundown and advanced to third after

Jeter couldn’t handle Burnett’s throw on Lind’s comebacker. Aaron

Hill followed with a sacrifice fly.

After Granderson singled to open the sixth, Teixeira followed

with a drive to center.

Toronto got one back in the bottom half. Hill singled and stole

second but had to leave with tightness in his right hamstring, with

John McDonald coming on to run. Jose Molina flied out and Corey

Patterson walked before Encarnacion hit an RBI double.

Burnett left after walking Nix to load the bases, but David

Robertson fanned Escobar and Snider to escape the jam.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was held out of the

starting lineup for the second straight game because of a sore left

side. Rodriguez said he expects to return Wednesday.

NOTES: New York also leads the majors in multihomer games (10).

… Toronto activated RHP Frank Francisco (right shoulder) off the

15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Jesse Litsch to Triple-A Las

Vegas. … Yankees RHP Carlos Silva threw 40 pitches during his

second bullpen session at New York’s spring training complex in

Florida and could face hitters early next week. Silva, released by

the Chicago Cubs in spring training, agreed to a minor league deal

with New York on April 9. … Yankees C Francisco Cervelli, coming

back from a broken left foot, caught Silva. Cervelli is playing in

extended spring training games.