TORONTO – Four home runs on offense combined with a stellar pitching performance from veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte led the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Alfonso Soriano launched two of those home runs – the 399th and 400th of his career – and drove in four runs. He now has 11 bombs since returning to the Bronx. Mark Reynolds also homered, and Alex Rodriguez pulled to within nine home runs of Willie Mays on the all-time home run list with his seventh inning shot.
Andy Pettitte’s vintage performance played a large role in the Yankee victory. He held the Blue Jays without a run while scattering just five hits in his seven innings of work. Pettitte tosses 58 of 86 pitches for strikes, striking out three and walking a pair.
Pettitte had plenty of run support by the time he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning. The Yankees jumped on Toronto starting pitcher J.A. Happ, scoring four runs in the first inning. Derek Jeter lined an RBI single to center field, and Soriano cleared the bases with a three-run home run.
The inning did provide a scare for the Yanekes. All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano left the game after being hit on the left hand by a Happ fastball, and the team held their breath until it was announced later in the contest that Cano’s X-rays were negative. He is officially listed as day-to-day with a bruise.