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Yankees hammer Blue Jays with five home runs in rout

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The Canadian Press
8/24/2010 11:20:52 PM
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TORONTO -- If Marc Rzepczynski ever wondered why they're called the Bronx Bombers he knows now.

The New York Yankees hammered the Toronto Blue Jays left-hander for three home runs in a four-run third inning en route to an 11-5 victory Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

The Yankees added two more homers against reliever Brian Tallet in a four-run fifth to put the game out of reach.

"With (the Yankees) any ball that's down the middle is going to go a long way," said Rzepczynski (1-2). "You've got to make good pitches. When I got ahead I couldn't get my breaking ball down. And when I fell behind they hit good pitches ... they hit mistakes."

Curtis Granderson hit his 14th with two on, Marcus Thames his fifth with one on and Derek Jeter hit his 10th to go with Teixeira's 28th homer and Posada's 16th of the season.

"We came swinging today," Posada said. "We got a lot of good pitches to hit and we didn't miss them."

"Zep didn't really have good stuff tonight, I guess," manager Cito Gaston said. "Every time he made a mistake they made him pay for it."

Right-hander Dustin Moseley (4-2) held the Blue Jays to five hits and two runs over six innings before a crowd of 30,567 at Rogers Centre.

"He kept guys off-balance," Gaston said. "He`s not overpowering but he had a good breaking ball tonight, threw strikes for the most part, plus we got down early in the game, way down, and it's not easy coming back against that ballclub anyway."

"I had all my pitches working," Moseley said. "I had a good changeup and a good cutter tonight and then made pitches when I needed to."

The teams play the rubber match of the three-game series Wednesday. The Blue Jays (65-60) still lead the season series 6-5 with the Yankees (78-48), who entered the game tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first in the American League East.

Despite some minor tinkering with his pitching mechanics, it was another short outing for Rzepczynski. The left-hander was pummelled for six runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in three innings.

Tallet took over in the fourth from Rzepczynski ,who lasted 4 1-3 innings in a no-decision in Oakland on Aug. 18. That followed an encouraging seven-inning two-hitter on Aug. 13 in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels after he was recalled from triple-A Las Vegas.

Rzepczynski said the adjustments are still "a work in progress."

"But right now I'm not making the pitches I need to make," he said. "Especially ahead in the count -- 0-2 you've got to bury a breaking ball and I'm leaving it up."

The Yankees scored once in each of the first two innings. Teixeira chopped a single up the middle in the first to score Nick Swisher, who had doubled.

In the second, Thames led off with a single. He took third when right-fielder Jose Bautista misjudged Posada's fly that went for a single.

Thames was thrown out at home after Rzepczynski fielded a grounder by Austin Kearns. Thames knocked the ball out of catcher John Buck's grasp but missed the plate and Buck recovered to tag him out.

After a walk to Granderson, Eduardo Nunez grounded to second. He avoided the double play when he beat the throw to first from shortstop Yunel Escobar who had no chance after a slow, soft feed from second baseman Aaron Hill.

No such subtleties helped the Yankees in the third as Teixeira, Thames and Posada homered for four runs. Robinson Cano walked before the homer by Thames.

The Blue Jays scored once in the fourth but it should have been more. Vernon Wells drove in the run with a single to right, his first run batted in since Aug. 8. But with runners at the corners with none out, last season's stars, Adam Lind and Hill, killed another rally.

Lind's fly to centre was too shallow to score Bautista from third and Hill popped out to second to extend his drought to 0-for-18. Lyle Overbay's grounder ended the inning.

The Yankees scored four more in the fifth on two home runs against Tallet, a three-run shot from Granderson hit and a solo from Derek Jeter. It was such a bad inning for Tallet that after he caught Swisher's pop-up for the third out, he was knocked down by his own first baseman, Overbay, who also was focused on the ball.

Buck singled in a run in the sixth with Lind out at home also trying to score on the hit. The Blue Jays scored three against Chad Gaudin in the seventh, one on a single by Wells and two on a double by Lind.

Notes: Brett Gardner pinch-hit for Swisher with a 2-2 count in the seventh. Swisher had fouled a pitch off his left knee and was in pain, tried to continue the at-bat but after one more pitch manager Joe Girardi came out and escorted him from the field. The knee was swollen after the game but Swisher said it was not serious...With 12 strikeouts in six innings in Monday's no-decision against the Yankees, Brandon Morrow has a club-leading 165 strikeouts this season, tied for fourth in the American League. He leads the majors with a ratio of 10.81 strikeouts per nine innings.... Phil Hughes (15-5, 3.90 earned-run average) faces Brett Cecil (10-6, 3.90 ERA) in the series finale....Blue Jays pitching prospect Kyle Drabek improved his record with Double- A New Hampshire to 14-9 by pitching seven runless innings on Monday in a 6-0 win over Trenton.

Thames homers (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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