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NEW YORK -- Jayson Nix's run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the New York Yankees to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The winning rally began when Mark Reynolds drew a four-pitch walk from left-handed reliever Darren Oliver (3-4). Eduardo Nunez sacrificed pinch runner Ichiro Suzuki to second, and Suzuki stole third base. Nix then lined a single into short left field, touching off a raucous celebration at first base.

After getting his first career walk-off hit, Nix was the recipient of a Gatorade shower while conducting his postgame, on-field interview.

Nix tied the game with a two-out home run in the seventh against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. Robinson Cano hit an RBI single in the third for the Yankees, who won their third straight and ninth in 12 games.

The Yankees completed the doubleheader sweep despite getting little from Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

In New York's 8-4 afternoon victory, Rodriguez and Soriano were a combined 1-for-7 with three strikeouts. In the nightcap, Rodriguez struck out three times and also bounced into an inning-ending double play in the eighth against Sergio Santos.

Mariano Rivera (4-2) allowed two hits but escaped a jam in the ninth for the win in the second game.

Rajai Davis was involved with both Toronto runs, as he scored on a wild pitch in the first and lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Before allowing the home run to Nix, Buehrle was in line for his second career win against the Yankees and first in nine decisions. He allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

New York starter Phil Hughes allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

Davis opened the game with a base hit, stole second, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Hughes prevented further damage by getting Adam Lind on double play.

The Blue Jays seemed headed for a big inning when they had second and third with two outs in the third. Hughes, however, won a tough battle with Edwin Encarnacion by striking him out with a full-count slider.

New York tied it with two outs in the bottom of the third as Cano's line-drive single to center field scored Austin Romine. The Yankees failed to add another run when Soriano flied out to center field.

Toronto took a 2-1 lead when Munerori Kawasaki tripled to right-center field and scored on Davis' fly ball.

NOTES: Blue Jays SS Maicer Izturis left the night game with a sprained left ankle. ... The Yankees were not too pleased with the news that Boston RHP Ryan Dempster was handed a five-game suspension for hitting Rodriguez. "I thought he at least should miss a start and he's not going to do that," New York LHP CC Sabathia said. "I don't think it does anything." ... The Blue Jays kept Bautista out of the lineup after removing him in the fourth inning of the afternoon game with left hip soreness. Manager John Gibbons said in between games that inactivity on defense caused it to flare up and that Bautista will not miss significant time, though he was being sent for tests. "He felt it a couple of days ago and said it was no big deal, but all of that standing around in the outfield during all of those pitches aggravated it," Gibbons said. "He hurt it on a slide, maybe our last game back home, but it wasn't enough to knock him out." ... Toronto LF Kevin Pillar was hitless in his first 17 at-bats before getting his first career hit in the third inning Tuesday night.
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