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Blue Jays' Davis beats Yankees with bat, glove

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TORONTO - Rajai Davis did it at the plate. He did it in the field.

And the Toronto Blue Jays needed everything he had to offer to end a five-game losing streak with a 10-7 victory over the New York Yankees Sunday before a crowd of 43,924 at Rogers Centre.

Davis equalled his career high with five runs batted in with doubles in the fourth and fifth innings. Then he made a leaping catch at the left-field wall in the seventh to save a potential two-run homer by Casey McGehee.

"We had some great individual performances," said left-hander J.A. Happ who pitched 5 2/3 to earn his first win as a Blue Jay. "Rajai had a great game today, It was nice to be pitching with that happening."

Edwin Encarnacion had three hits, including a two-run homer, but the day belonged to Davis.

"That was amazing," Davis said. "It's something you think about. Yu dream about doing something that at the highest level, especially here at the major-league level. Just to do it here was amazing. It was just nice to help us win and keep the ball in the park."

"That was a heck of a catch," McGehee said. "It was really not anything to be frustrated about other than the fact that it happened. I was happy with the swing I took, happy with everything, just sometimes you have to tip your hat."

The Yankees chipped away at the Blue Jays' lead that stood at 10-1 after the fifth inning, but the Blue Jays hung on with Casey Janssen pitching the ninth for his 15th save. It ended the Yankees' winning streak at four games as the Blue Jays salvaged one win from the three-game series.

"We've been in a tough stretch," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "A win always lets people take a deep breath."

Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes (11-10) gave up nine hits, including Encarnacion's homer, and seven runs in four innings. He was replaced by right-hander Ryota Igarashi, who was called up from Class AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

"[Hughes] just really missed location with his fastball, too many in the middle of plate today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He got hit pretty hard. I expect him to bounce back. He got a long inning the other day when he threw a lot of pitches.

"He had a bad fourth inning today; he had a bad fourth inning last time too. I don't think there's any rhyme or reason to that either; it's just he hasn't had his great stuff the last two starts."

Happ (1-1) allowed four runs on six hits, including homers by Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano.

It was Happ's second start since coming to Toronto in a trade with Houston on July 20. He had been in the bullpen before losing his first start at Tampa Bay last Tuesday.

"I thought Happ's slider was pretty good today," Girardi said. "He didn't throw a lot of curveballs or changeups, but his slider was effective and he got a lot of ground balls early."

The Yankees started their attempted comeback with three runs in the sixth, which Farrell said was going to be Happ's final inning, as he was being stretched out.

"I felt fine," Happ said. "You can't make mistakes in the zone and at the top of the zone to good hitters like that. It's frustrating because I thought I was making good pitches the whole game and I left a few up and got hurt with it."

Encarnacion doubled with two outs and scored on a single by David Cooper in the first inning to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

Toronto (54-60) scored six runs while batting around in the fourth. Moises Sierra picked up his second single of the game to lead off the fourth inning and scored on a double by Jeff Mathis.

Mathis moved to third base on Yan Gomes' fly out to right. Anthony Gose walked with one out, and Davis scored two runs with a double to left center. Davis stole third and scored on an infield hit to deep shortstop by Mike McCoy.

Encarnacion followed with his 30th homer of the season to put Toronto ahead 7-0.

The Yankees (67-47), held to one hit for the first four innings, scored once in the fifth on doubles by Andruw Jones and McGehee.

In the home fifth, Davis drove in three more runs with a two-out double against Igarashi, and the Blue Jays lead was 10-1. Sierra started the inning with a single and was forced at second by Mathis. Gomes walked, and with two outs, Adeiny Hechavarria hit an infield single to short to load the bases.

Jeter hit his ninth homer of the season with one out in the sixth. Nick Swisher singled and Cano hit his 25th homer of the season with two outs to cut the lead to 10-4. Brad Lincoln replaced Happ.

Davis made a spectacular leaping catch to take away a possible two-run homer by McGehee for the first out of the seventh.

"I don't know how many people make the catch he did," Farrell said. "It was just an outstanding timing play."

"It's a huge catch," Girardi said. "It's an unbelievable catch. He hurt us today, both offensively and defensively....I don't know if it changes the game, you never know what's going to happen. But it was quite a catch."

"Who knows what happens after that," McGehee said. "It's an extra out, an extra that inning, so who knows. I'll just have to hit it a few feet farther next time. I thought it was going to be right in front of the wall or barely over. When he turned his back I thought he had given up on it, but little did I know he was just lining it up."

Curtis Granderson started the seventh with an infield single and was at first when Davis made the catch. Granderson did score on a double by Jayson Nix.

Jeter doubled and Swisher singled to account for two more runs.

Left-hander Darren Oliver replaced Lincoln and loaded the bases after he gave up a double to Mark Teixeira and hit Cano with a pitch before working out of the inning.

Notes: Hechavarria made his first major-league start at shortstop Sunday. His six previous big-league starts since being called up from Class AAA Las Vegas were at third base. ....Because of injuries, Encarnacion was the only player from Toronto's opening-day lineup who was in the lineup on Sunday. ...Cano was the Yankees' DH on Sunday with Jayson Nix starting at second base. ..RHP David Phelps (2-3, 2.42 ERA) will start Monday against the Rangers, who will start RHP Ryan Dempster (1-0, 6.35 ERA). Phelps is taking over the start from LHP CC Sabathia (elbow), who was put on the disabled on Saturday.
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