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Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1 (Game 2)

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NEW YORK - Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a tiebreaking single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and the New York Yankees completed a day-night doubleheader sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2-1 victory.

Ichiro had seven hits in the doubleheader sweep that gave the Yankees four straight wins for the first time for the first time since Aug. 8-11. His biggest hit occurred when he lined a 1-1 fastball from reliever Aaron Loup (0-3) into left field scoring Curtis Granderson.

Granderson set up the winning run by moving to second on a sacrifice by Jayson Nix and stealing his first base since July 25 and ninth overall during an at-bat by pinch hitter Steve Pearce.

Ichiro's first four-hit game as a Yankee and third of the season came on a night when the offense did little against Toronto starter Ricky Romero through the first six. Romero, who has lost 13 straight decisions, allowed seven hits and five walks but the Yankees stranded nine and were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position off him.

Fortunately for New York, its' pitching staff came up big, especially David Phelps. Phelps threw a career high 110 pitches, allowing one run and three hits while recording six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Phelps appeared to run out of gas when he loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh by issuing a walk to Adeiny Hechavarria. Boone Logan recorded the final out of the seventh and the first two of the eighth before turning it over to Cody Eppley.

Ichiro's hit made a winner out of Eppley (1-2), who fanned Brett Lawrie for the final out of the eighth. Rafael Soriano pitched a hitless ninth for his 42nd save in 45 opportunities.

Phelps and Romero traded zeros for most of the first five innings with the exception of the second.

Phelps was making a spot start because of Tuesday's rainout and in his 10th career start he gave up one run and two hits through the first five. Phelps also struck out five while issuing two walks.

Romero took a team-record 13-game losing streak into the nightcap and was seeking his first win since June 22. He allowed one run and four hits over the first five frames.

The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the second off Phelps. After fouling off three pitches and evening the count, rookie Adeiny Hechavarria slapped a single into center field, scoring J.P. Arencibia.

The Yankees tied it with two outs in the second on Chris Stewart's double that bounced into the left field seats. That would have given them the lead but Jayson Nix was thrown out trying to score from second on Ichiro's single.

The Yankees kept it tied in the third with two outstanding defensive plays. Stewart made a perfect strike to catch Rajai Davis stealing second and Nick Swisher made a tumbling diving catch on Brett Lawrie's sinking liner.

New York had a chance to take the lead in the fifth as Swisher and Cano had consecutive one-out singles. The rally was thwarted as Alex Rodriguez struck out swinging to a chorus of boos from the crowd and Curtis Granderson did the same on a 75 mph curveball.

In the opener of the doubleheader, Andy Pettitte gave the Yankees a needed boost and the bullpen held off a late charge from the Blue Jays in a 4-2 victory.

Pettitte (4-3) allowed four singles in five scoreless innings while throwing 75 pitches in his first start since breaking his left fibula June 27.

The Yankees won for the eighth time in 12 games and scored three runs in the first inning but still had to sweat in the eighth.

Toronto scored twice against reliever David Robertson and loaded the bases with two outs. Rafael Soriano walked No. 9 hitter Anthony Gose to load the bases but got Davis on a line drive that appeared as if it might hit left fielder Ichiro Suzuki in the chest as he seemed in danger of over running it before he made the catch, holding on tight as he fell to his knees.

The Yankees added an insurance run on Swisher's two-out RBI single in the eighth and Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his 41st save.

The Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Blue Jays for the first time since 1986. They took the opener by holding on for a 4-2 victory in Andy Pettitte's return from a fractured left fibula.

NOTES: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (bone bruise in his left ankle) was given Game 1 off. In the nightcap Jeter started at shortstop for the first time since initially suffering the injury last Wednesday in Boston and on the first pitch he saw, Jeter reached 200 hits for the eighth time, tying Lou Gehrig for the Yankee record. ... Yankees' prospect Dellin Betances was promoted to the Yankees to be placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday, to clear room on the 40-man roster for Pettitte. Betances, who went 6-9 with a 6.44 ERA for Class AA and Class AAA combined, had been shut down with shoulder inflammation. ... Casey McGehee started at first base in the nightcap. It was his first start since Aug. 22 in Chicago. ... Edwin Encarnacion sat out the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with a toe injury. Adam Lind started at first base and Moises Sierra was the DH in Game One. In the nightcap, Lind was the DH and Yan Gomes started at first base.
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