TORONTO -- Brett Lawrie doubled in two runs to key a four-run sixth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays came back to defeat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Sunday before a crowd of 45,575 at Rogers Centre.
J.P. Arencibia contributed a double in the sixth and hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Blue Jays (8-11), who averted a three-game sweep by the Yankees (10-7) to end their homestand with a 3-4 record.
Chris Stewart homered for the Yankees.
Left-handed reliever Brett Cecil (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Left-hander Boone Logan (0-1) faced one batter and allowed a run-scoring single to Colby Rasmus to take the loss.
Toronto right-hander Josh Johnson was left looking for his first win of the season after allowing four runs -- two on bases-loaded walks in the fifth -- in 5 1/3 innings. Johnson allowed eight hits, including a home run by Chris Stewart, and three walks while striking out four.
Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova could not hold a 4-2 lead and was replaced after he gave up a walk and a single in the sixth. He was charged with four runs after allowing seven hits and four walks.
The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead with a run in the first and another in the second.
Munenori Kawasaki led off the first with an infield single and took third on Melky Cabrera's single. He scored when Edwin Encarnacion forced Cabrera at second. Encarnacion proceeded to second on shortstop Eduardo Nunez's throwing error as he tried to complete the double play.
Rasmus led off the second with a double, took third on Lawrie's infield single and scored on Kawasaki's sacrifice fly.
Stewart hit his first homer of the season to lead off the third.
Former Blue Jay Vernon Wells, who homered in each of the first two games of the season, made a leaping catch at the wall on a drive by Encarnacion in the fourth. Jose Bautista, who led off the inning with a single, had rounded second and was doubled off first after Wells returned the ball to the infield.
Johnson walked Lyle Overbay and Nunez with the bases loaded to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
The Blue Jays regained the lead with four in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Lind walked for the third time in the game to open the inning and took third on Arencibia's double. Logan gave up a run-scoring single to Rasmus. Right-hander David Phelps allowed Lawrie's two-run double with one out and Cabrera's run-scoring single with two out that sent Toronto to a 6-4 lead.
Arencibia's seventh homer of the season followed Lind's fourth walk of the game in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-4.
NOTES: Gardner had an infield single in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games. ... R.A. Dickey, who left after six innings with upper-back tightness in his win over the White Sox last Thursday, is feeling better and is scheduled top make his next start Tuesday at Baltimore. ... Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ (2-1, 5.06 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener in Baltimore on Monday against right-hander Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.07 ERA). ... The Yankees open a three-game series at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday with left-hander C.C. Sabathia (3-1, 2.57 ERA) facing left-hander Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00 ERA).