The bombin’ Bronx Bombers staged their 25th comeback of the year Sunday, overcoming a 4 run deficit to win 10-8 for their fifth straight against Toronto. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada each had four hits and combined for 5 RBIs to lead the Yankees to their third straight win and tenth in eleven games.
The Yankees offense got started early with two runs each in the first and second. After Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada loaded the bases in the first, Hideki Matsui reached on an error, scoring Jeter. Nick Swisher then singled in his next at-bat scoring Posada. Tex had been thrown out trying to reach home on the previous play.
With the Jays still scoreless, Cody Ransom, Jeter and Teixeira loaded the bases again for Posada in the bottom of the second. Posada responded with a single to deep left, scoring Ransom and Jeter and giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
Joba Chamberlain got the start today and again was unimpressive on the mound. He lasted only 3.2 innings, getting pulled after allowing 8 earned runs. He managed only 1 K and threw 86 total pitches in the outing. Despite his inconsistency and small, 4-2 record, the Yankees are 11-5 in his 16 starts and tend, more times then not, to win whenever he is pitching.
Joba gave up two homers and left the game with the Blue Jays leading 8-4. Jonathan Albaladejo came on in the fourth to relieve Joba and picked up the win, lasting 1 and 1/3 innings picking up two strikeouts and improving his record to 3-1. Albaladejo was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game to replace the injured Chien-Ming Wang, who was placed on the DL for the second time this season.
The Yankees offense did not allow the Blue Jays to enjoy their 4 run lead for long. Hideki Matsui hit a three-run homer off of Toronto starter Brett Cecil, cutting the lead to one-run and effectively knocking Cecil out of the game.
Albaladejo and Alfredo Aceves managed to hold the Jays scoreless for the rest of the game, giving the Yankees the opportunity to stage their 25th comeback win of the year.
Captain Clutch (Jeter) then put the Yankees ahead for good with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth and Posada padded the lead with his 3rd RBI of the night, hitting a double to deep right, scoring Johnny Damon.
Alex Rodriguez got the afternoon off, with Ransom starting at third in his place. The Yankees will face the Blue Jays for the last game of their four-game series Monday with an afternoon game at the Stadium. Andy Pettitte (8-3) will face off against Ricky Romero (6-3) on the mound.