Jones, Teixeira power Yankees past Blue Jays 7-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, Mark Teixeira also hit a two-run shot and Mariano Rivera made a milestone appearance in the New York Yankees' 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Rivera pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation, the 1,000th game he's played for the Yankees. The 11-time All-Star closer became the first player in major league history to reach the plateau for one team and the 15th to make it overall.
Freddy Garcia (3-4) avoided his third straight loss, allowing eight hits but limiting the damage to three runs over 6 1-3 innings. Once a power pitcher, New York's veteran right-hander relied on guile to keep the Blue Jays off balance most of the sun-splashed afternoon.
Jones homered in the second inning and Teixeira in the third off Jo-Jo Reyes (0-4), who matched a major league record by making his 28th consecutive start without a win.
Jones, who went 3 for 3, also hit a rocket off Luis Perez over the center field wall in the sixth inning. It was Jones' 41st multihomer game and first since May 1, 2010, when he went deep twice at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
The homer binge helped Joe Girardi pass current Orioles skipper Buck Showalter for eighth place on the Yankees' managerial wins list. Girardi has 314 victories in pinstripes.
Juan Rivera, Eric Thames and Jayson Nix each drove in a run for Toronto, but the big bat of Jose Bautista went quiet again.
The majors' home run leader managed a lone single in the eighth inning, his first hit in eight at-bats since a first-inning shot Monday night.
Reyes never really gave himself a chance to earn a win, allowing back-to-back doubles by Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson to start the game. The run that Jeter scored pushed him past Cap Anson (1,712) for 23rd place on baseball's career runs scored list.
By the time Reyes left after the third inning, the Blue Jays trailed 5-0 and the left-hander was assured of another frustrating afternoon without a victory.
Reyes hasn't been the winning pitcher since June 13, 2008, when he beat the Los Angeles Angels as a member of the Atlanta Braves. His 28-game winless stretch matches that of Matt Keough, who didn't win a game for the Athletics from Sept. 6, 1978, to Aug. 8, 1979.
Keough tossed a complete game in his next start, a 6-1 win over Milwaukee on Sept. 5.
NOTES: Jesse Orosco is the all-time leader with 1,252 appearances. ... Toronto caught Granderson asleep at second base in the first inning. Bautista made a diving grab in right and chased Teixeira back with a throw to first. Granderson was still at third by then, so Juan Rivera threw to second for the rare 9-3-6 double play. ... Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano (right elbow inflammation) was scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. The Yankees would not address the injury until Andrews consults with team doctors. ... New York reliever David Robertson has started a foundation to raise money for tornado victims in his native Tuscaloosa, Ala.