Yankees 6, Blue Jays 5, 10 innings
TORONTO (AP)—Mariano Rivera felt better about this blown save.
Rivera converted 23 consecutive saves before giving up three runs in an 11-10 loss to rival Boston on Saturday. He failed to hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning against Toronto, but ended up with the win.
“My command was better today,” Rivera said. “I’m not worried about it. We won and that’s the most important thing.”
Rivera blew two straight saves for the first time since Aug. 3 and 6 last year. It was during a stretch where he blew four of six opportunities.
“These games are going to happen, and I’m not surprised,” Rivera said. “I’m a human like the others, and that’s going to happen. When it happens, I guess it’s such a big thing.”
New York manager Joe Torre isn’t worried about his star closer.
“It was scary, but Mo threw good,” Torre said. “I thought he was a whole lot better than Saturday when he was wild.”
Clark hit his two-out double off Jason Frasor (3-3). Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells nearly made a running catch on the warning track, but the ball ticked off his glove, allowing Jorge Posada, who walked, to score the go-ahead run.
“It’s definitely a play I expect to make,” Wells said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
Clark felt better about his night after striking out in his first two at-bats.
“I sat down and had a talk with myself during the game,” Clark said. “It’s nothing I’m going to repeat, but it was a good conversation.”
Carlos Delgado led off Toronto’s ninth with a single and Gregg Zaun doubled down the left-field line. Rivera then struck out Eric Hinske swinging for the first out and got Alex Rios to hit a grounder to him for the second out.
Rivera (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
“Saturday night was just a fluke. Today he threw a lot better. They just hit his pitches,” Posada said. “It’s going to make him tougher and stronger. We got the win and that’s most important.”
After an intense series in Boston this weekend in which the Yankees lost the final two of the three-game set, New York scored four times in the first inning on Posada’s seventh career slam.
Toronto’s Sean Douglass—making his first start in the majors since Sept. 24, 2002, allowed first-inning singles to Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield, and walked Alex Rodriguez before Posada hit his first slam of the season with one out.
Delgado and Zaun homered for the Blue Jays, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
Delgado homered in his second straight game, a solo shot in the fourth.
Rios doubled in the fifth, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Gomez’s sacrifice fly.
After Zaun cut it to 4-3 with his solo homer, Javier Vazquez walked Hinske. Paul Quantrill relieved and gave up an infield single to Rios. Quantrill hurt himself while covering first on the play, but stayed in the game and got Gomez to hit a grounder for the second out.
Sheffield gave New York a 5-3 lead with a two-out, RBI single off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth.
Vazquez gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
A Yankees fan was ejected from SkyDome after stealing a foul popup from first baseman Delgado in the second. Delgado and the fan both reached up for a foul fly down the first-base line at the same time, with the fan snaring it clean. Delgado then angrily slapped the ball out of the fan’s glove with his own glove, knocking the ball loose. He glared at the fan before throwing the ball to the crowd. Spectators in Yankee jerseys high-fived the fan and applauded him when he was escorted out. … Attendance was 30,041—the largest crowd since June 12 versus Arizona. … The Yankees have hit five grand slams this season. Hideki Matsui hit one on Sunday.