TORONTO -- The New York Yankees rallied for four runs in the eighth inning, capped by Vernon Wells' two-run double, to snap a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
New York (80-72) recorded its first win since Sept. 12 in Baltimore. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said following Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Toronto that his team could not afford to lose many more as it chases an American League wild-card playoff spot. The win improves the Yankees to 14-4 against the Blue Jays (69-82) this season.
With the Yankees trailing 3-0 in the eighth and runners on the corner, Robinson Cano singled off All-Star relief pitcher Steve Delabar (5-5), cutting Toronto's lead to 3-1. Alfonso Soriano then doubled over the head of Rajai David in right field, scoring Curtis Granderson and pulling the Yankees within 3-2.
Wells' doubled scored both Cano and Soriano, giving New York its first lead of the night.
New York reliever David Huff (3-1), who came in for starter Phil Hughes in the fourth, picked up the win after allowing one run on one hit over 3 2/3 innings.
Toronto threatened in the ninth against Mariano Rivera. Singles by Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus put runners at first and second. Pinch hitter Munenori Kawasaki bunted into a fielder's choice, and Ryan Goins grounded out to second. Rivera then struck out J.P. Arencibia for his 44th save of the season.
Toronto starter J.A. Happ threw seven innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and allowing four hits. It was his longest outing since Aug. 12.
Rasmus and Goins hit fourth-inning home runs, giving the Jays a 3-0 lead.
Rasmus took Hughes to the second deck in right field for his 22nd home run of the season, a two-run shot. Rasmus has homered in each of his four games since returning from the disabled list with an oblique injury Sept. 13.
Hughes, who threw just 50 pitches in his start last Thursday, was relieved after just 56 pitches Wednesday. The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits over 3 1/3 innings. Hughes entered Wednesday's game 0-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays this season.
Two batters after Rasmus' blast, Goins hit his first career home run, a solo shot off Huff.
NOTES: The Yankees improved to 14-4 against the Blue Jays, their most wins in a single season against Toronto. ... New York was shut out for the 10th time this season Tuesday. It's the most shutout losses in a single season for the Yankees since 1991, when they also were blanked 10 times. ... UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch. ... Since Blue Jays INF Edwin Encarncation was shut down for the remainder of the season, he is the first player in club history to finish a season with at least 35 home runs, fewer than 65 strikeouts and have more walks than strikeouts.