In the end, it was just too big of a lead to overcome for the Yankees.  After falling behind 7-1 in the top of the seventh inning Monday, the Yankees scored 5 runs over the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to cut the deficit to one.  The Bombers pulled within one run with a man on first and two outs in the bottom of the ninth and new Yankee Eric Hinske at the plate.

Hinske was 2-4 on the day, homering in his second at-bat, giving him a great first hit for the Yankees.  That ended Toronto starting pitcher Ricky Romero’s 24 inning scoreless streak.  Hinske also singled in the seventh and was hit-by-pitch in the eighth before coming to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Eric Hinske makes a diving catch in his Yankee debut Monday.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Eric Hinske makes a diving catch in his Yankee debut Monday. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Facing Jason Frasor, Hinske got the count up to 3-1 before fouling off a check-swing and making the count full at 3-2.  Hinske went down swinging on the next pitch, ending the Yankee comeback one run short.

The comeback had started in the seventh with a two-run single by Nick Swisher that scored Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner.  Fast forward to the eighth with the bases loaded for Derek Jeter.  Jeets earned a walk, scoring Robinson Cano, who was on third. (Jeter also had a rare argument with an umpire during the first inning)

Then, in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, Jorge Posada and Cano got the Yankees started with a single and a double respectively.  Hideki Matsui came out as a pinch hitter and promptly singled to center, emptying the bases.  Then Hinske came to the plate and fell one pitch short of a possible comeback.

Swisher was the Player of the Game for the Yankees Monday, going 3-4 with a walk and two RBI.  Cano and Hinske get honorable mention.  Cano was 2-5 at the plate and his hits came at the right time – he scored each time he got on base.

Andy Pettitte took the loss for the Yankees, allowing 5 hits and 6 ER in 6 innings raising his ERA to 4.53.

The Bombers go on a six game road trip before the All Star Break next week.  They first head to Minnesota for a three-game set, the to LA to face the Angels over the weekend.