Yanks Make Up For Rain Out

The Yankees played in front of their smallest crowd of the season as they made up a game against the Blue Jays that was rained out back on July 22. Mike Mussina notched his 16th win of the season as the Yankees hammered the Jays, beating them by a final score of 9-3.

The Yankees wasted no time in getting to Kelvim Escobar. They loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning and scored on a run when Escobar threw poorly to home on Jason Giambi's weak grounder. One out later, Hideki Matsui lined a single to left field that put the Yankees up 3-0.

Toronto answered back in the very next inning against Mussina. With two outs and two runners on base, Orlando Hudson doubled to left field to bring Toronto to within one. Hudson would later score Toronto's last run of the game, and he also made a spectacular diving catch in the third to rob John Flaherty of an RBI single.

Meanwhile, the Yankee offense was cruising. Aaron Boone put the game out of reach in the third with an RBI single to put the Yanks up by two. The Yanks added four more runs in the fourth inning by putting the ball into play with the bases loaded four times. Karim Garcia capped the scoring at 9-3 with an RBI single in the sixth.

Every Yankee starter had a base hit except for Bernie Williams, who scored a pair of runs and drove one in regardless. Only Vernon Wells and Hudson had more than a hit for Toronto, and Carlos Delgado struck out three times against Mussina.

Mussina (16-7) went seven innings and allowed just three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out eight batters to regain the league lead with 183.

Escobar (10-9) lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs – six earned – on ten hits and three walks. He did strike out five batters, but it was his shortest outing since the Yankees forced him from the game after just four outs back on July 13.

Antonio Osuna and Felix Heredia combined to pitch the eighth and ninth innings scorelessly. Heredia was perfect while striking out a batter.

The Yankees finished up their season series with the Blue Jays, and won it 10 games to 9. The Yankees continue their 11-game homestand with a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Game one is on Tuesday at 7:05 pm. Jose Contreras (5-2, 4.46) will get the start for the Yankees and will face Detroit's Nate Robertson (1-0, 4.44).

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