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Blue Jays 8, Yankees 7 (11)

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NEW YORK -- On a night full of home runs, an errant throw and a heads-up base running play gave the Toronto Blue Jays a surprising extra-inning win over the New York Yankees.

Mike McCoy gained two bases on Derek Lowe's errant pickoff throw in the 11th inning, then dashed home on a slow roller to third base to give Toronto a 8-7 win Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Colby Rasmus' three-run homer in the top of the ninth off Yankees closer Rafael Soriano stunned New York and gave Toronto a 7-6 lead, but Derek Jeter led off the bottom of the inning with a homer to tie it.

In the 11th, Yorvit Torrealba singled to lead off the inning, and pinch-runner McCoy moved to third when Lowe's pick-off throw sailed into right field, still with no one out.

Lowe (8-11) struck out Moises Sierra and got Adeiny Hechavarria to hit a weak grounder to charging third baseman Jayson Nix. Nix checked the runner quickly, then threw to first for the second out. But McCoy timed his break perfectly and beat the throw home from first baseman Eric Chavez to push Toronto ahead.

The win snapped Toronto's eight-game losing streak and stung the Yankees, who had come back in the bottom of the ninth after blowing a two-run lead in the top of the inning.

Darren Oliver (3-2) walked Ichiro Suzuki with one out in the bottom of the 11th, but came back to get Jeter to hit into a fielder's choice and struck out Nick Swisher looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

For most of the game, the Yankees put a beating on the Toronto pitchers -- literally and figuratively.

New York got two homers from Robinson Cano and another from Swisher, to build a 6-4 lead going into the ninth. The Yankees also forced two pitchers from the game after they took batted balls off their left legs.

The Yankees had their own left leg injury to worry about, though, with first baseman Mark Teixeira leaving the game with what the club said was a strained left calf.

But Sierra hit a one-out single off Soriano in the ninth, and Rajai Davis singled with two outs to put the tying run on for Rasmus.

He drilled a 1-0 pitch into the second deck in right field, giving Soriano just his third blown save of the season in 36 chances.

But Jeter tied the game on a 0-1 pitch from Casey Janssen for his 14th homer of the season.

Adam Lind and Torrealba, who had three hits, also homered for the Blue Jays.

Henderson Alvarez gave up four runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings for Toronto before leaving the game in the fourth.

With one out and runners on first and second, Russell Martin singled off Alvarez's left foot. Teixeira, who had fouled a pitch off his foot before walking earlier in the inning, limped around to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead as the ball caromed into right field.

Alvarez, who earlier took a ball off his pitching hand on Eric Chavez's single, left the game after getting a visit from the trainer.

The Jays announced later that X-rays were negative and Alvarez was day to day with a bruised left shin.

Teixeira left after scoring on the play, and the team said he would undergo an MRI later Monday night.

Reliever Aaron Laffey left after the sixth after getting struck by Jeter's comebacker. Laffey made the play to end the inning, but Toronto later said he had a bruised left calf.

Yankees starter David Phelps allowed four runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. David Robertson, whose wife, Erin, gave birth to the couple's son, Luke Joseph, in New York earlier Monday, pitched a scoreless eighth.

After Toronto cut the Yankees' 4-1 lead to 4-3 on Torrealba's two-run homer in the top of the fifth, New York answered right back in the bottom of the inning. Swisher hit his 20th homer of the season, a two-run shot to left, to give the Yankees a 6-3 lead.

Cano's second homer of the game sparked a three-run inning to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead in the fourth. But the inning featured a dubious play for both sides, leading to the exit of Teixeira and Alvarez.

Cano gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first with his first homer of the game, to right. Lind countered with his ninth homer of the season in the second, to tie it, 1-1.

NOTES: The Yankees acquired first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash, and he was expected to arrive Tuesday. ... Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (right shoulder inflammation) said he feels he could resume throwing Tuesday, with a doctor's approval, and hoped to return in two weeks. ... Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (left wrist) was scheduled to see a hand specialist in Cleveland on Monday. The Blue Jays did not expect to have test results immediately available Monday. ... Toronto right-hander Jason Frasor, who has not pitched since July 16 due to forearm tightness, threw a bullpen session Monday and could begin a rehab stint this weekend, manager John Farrell said.
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