Toronto Comes Back To Beat Yanks

The Toronto Blue Jays overcame a three-run deficit against Mike Mussina to pull out a victory on Wednesday night against the Yankees. Eric Hinske's two-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning snapped a 3-3 tie and the Jays held on to win the game by a final score of 4-3.

Mussina was cruising for the majority of the game. He had pinpoint control and had racked up five strikeouts in just the first three innings – all of them swinging. But in the fourth inning, he started to come unraveled. After allowing a leadoff single to Vernon Wells, the Moose served up a long homerun to Josh Phelps.

Mussina settled back down and worked out of trouble in the fifth inning, but couldn't quite manage the same task in the sixth. After Hinske drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out, Bobby Kielty connected on a fly ball deep enough to right field to score the runner from third and tie the game at three.

The Yankees jumped ahead early against Toronto starter Kelvim Escobar. They picked up a run in the third inning when Aaron Boone scored from second base on Karim Garcia's single to center. Boone had doubled to lead off the inning. The Bombers pushed their lead to three runs in the fourth when Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada each launched solo homeruns.

Giambi's homerun snapped an 0/25 funk that he had been in since August 23. It was his 36th homerun of the season, good for third in the league behind Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas. Posada's dinger was his 27th, his fifth in nine games, and he is now just one shy of matching his career-high of 28, set back in 2000.

Antonio Osuna (2-5) allowed a single to Vernon Wells to lead off the seventh inning but was charged with the loss when Wells came around to score later in the inning when Gabe White served up Hinske's sacrifice fly.

Jason Kershner (1-3) was credited with the win for pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Escobar, who lasted 6 2/3. Aquilino Lopez retired Alfonso Soriano to end the game and earn his eighth save of the season.

Mussina pitched reasonably well despite his troubles, going six innings and allowing just three runs – two earned – on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight. He did hit two batters, both in the same inning, despite entering the game with just one hit batter all season.

The final game of the three-game series is on Thursday at 7:05 pm. Cory Lidle (12-11, 6.08) will get the start for the Blue Jays, who will be looking to sweep the Yankees. Jose Contreras (4-2, 5.09) will look to bounce back from a poor outing in his last start when he takes the mound for New York.

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