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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4

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TORONTO -- Left-hander CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first win of the season and left fielder Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday.

First baseman Kelly Johnson also drove in two runs with a double for the Yankees (3-3), who took the rubber match of the three-game series with the Blue Jays (3-4).

Sabathia (1-1) allowed seven hits, including a home run to center fielder Melky Cabrera, no walks and four runs in six innings (93 pitches, 65 strikes).

Right-hander Drew Hutchison (1-1), who started for the Blue Jays, allowed six hits, three walks and six runs in 3 1/3 innings (78 pitches, 49 strikes).

Right-hander Todd Redmond held the Yankees to three hits and no runs over 3 2/3 innings to give the Blue Jays a chance to mount a comeback.

Sabathia had a 6-1 lead with two out in the sixth inning when right fielder Jose Bautista lofted a single to right. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion singled to right and designated hitter Dioner Navarro doubled to left to score a run. Catcher Erik Kratz singled up the middle to score two runs and cut the lead to 6-4.

Right-hander Adam Warren pitched the seventh for the Yankees. Right-hander Shawn Kelley took over in the eighth and allowed two-out triple to Encarnacion before ending the inning on a groundout.

Right-hander David Robertson pitched the ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season despite allowing a single and a walk.

The Yankees scored three runs, two on Johnson's two-out double, in the first inning. Gardner started the inning with a walk, stole second, took third on a groundout and scored center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's groundout. Catcher Brian McCann walked and designated hitter Alfonso Soriano was hit by a pitch to set up Johnson's drive to deep center.

Cabrera led off the bottom of the first for Toronto with his third homer in as many games and his third of the season.

Hutchison gave up three more runs in the fourth on an RBI double by third baseman Yangervis Solarte and a two-run homer by Gardner, his first of the season.

After shortstop Derek Jeter picked up his second single of the game, right-hander Todd Redmond took over to finish the inning.

NOTES: Blue Jays LHP A.J. Happ (lower back tightness) began his rehabilitation assignment on Saturday by allowing five hits and two runs in five innings in Class-A Dunedin's 8-2 win over Clearwater. ... The Yankees play their home opener Monday afternoon and will send out RHP Hiroko Kuroda (0-1, 3.00 ERA) against Baltimore Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 6.00). ... Kuroda is on a nine-game winless streak (0-7), the longest of his major league career and has lost four consecutive starts, the second-longest losing streak of his career. ... The Blue Jays have Monday off before sending out LHP Mark Buehrle (1-0, 0.00 ERA) against Houston Astros LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-1, 4.76) in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.
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