Yankees sweep up Blue Jays

Damon and Swisher overpower Toronto

Johnny Damon celebrates his ninth-inning home run with Derek Jeter. Johnny Damon celebrates his ninth-inning home run with Derek Jeter. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
Associated Press / August 6, 2009

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Johnny Damon hit a solo home run and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher also connected, and the New York Yankees completed a two-game sweep of the Blue Jays with an 8-4 victory last night in Toronto.

Reliever Alfredo Aceves (7-1) pitched two innings for the victory as the Yankees used a four-run seventh inning to win their third straight overall after losing three in a row in Chicago.

The AL East-leading Yankees, winless in eight games against the second-place Red Sox, return home to open a four-game series against Boston tonight.

Phil Coke got two outs, Phil Hughes worked the eighth and David Robertson wrapped it up in the ninth for New York.

Damon went 3 for 5 and hit his second homer in two games, a solo shot off Brian Tallet in the ninth, his 19th.

“He’s really hit us hard this year,’’ Toronto manager Cito Gaston said about Damon. “It’s mostly been off-speed stuff. I think we’d better come up with something else to throw him.’’

Adam Lind and Marco Scutaro homered for the Blue Jays, now 2-7 against New York.

Brewers 4, Dodgers 1 - Braden Looper bounced back sharply after a couple of miserable outings and Prince Fielder had a tying RBI groundout a night after trying to enter Los Angeles’s clubhouse to confront Guillermo Mota as visiting Milwaukee won its first series in more than a month.

Looper (10-5) allowed a run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings and struck out four after giving up a leadoff homer in the first by Rafael Furcal. Fielder, who was booed lustily by the crowd of 50,276 each time he came to bat, was 0 for 5.

Reds 4, Cubs 0 - Scott Rolen returned from a beaning that left him sore and blurry for two days, then hit a two-run homer on his first swing to help host Cincinnati shut out Chicago and snap an eight-game losing streak.

The Reds got Rolen from Toronto in a four-player deal Friday, looking for leadership and a righthanded bat. He went 0 for 6 with Cincinnati before getting hit in the head by a Jason Marquis pitch Sunday.

Phillies 7, Rockies 0 - J.A. Happ struck out a career-high 10 in his second shutout of the season, leading host Philadelphia past Colorado.

Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, and Pedro Feliz all homered.

White Sox 6, Angels 2 - Jim Thome homered twice, giving him 561 for his career, and Gavin Floyd pitched into the ninth as host Chicago beat Los Angeles.

Tigers 4, Orioles 2 - Edwin Jackson took a shutout into the ninth inning, Magglio Ordonez homered, and host Detroit beat Baltimore.

Mets 9, Cardinals 0 - Nelson Figueroa pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings and boosted the offense with a two-run triple after starter Jonathon Niese got hurt, leading New York over visiting St. Louis.

Indians 8, Twins 1 - Aaron Laffey rebounded from one of his worst performances to pitch a career-high eight innings as host Cleveland routed Minnesota.

Athletics 7, Rangers 5 - Adam Kennedy hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping host Oakland slip by Texas.

Giants 10, Astros 6 - Joe Martinez came off the disabled list to win his first major league start and Eli Whiteside hit a grand slam for his first career home run as visiting San Francisco rallied to beat Houston.

Braves 6, Padres 2 - Atlanta rookie Tommy Hanson shut down San Diego long enough for his teammates to get a comfortable lead against Chad Gaudin and cruise past host San Diego.

Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 3 - Stephen Drew hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth and visiting Arizona won its fourth straight.

Mariners 11, Royals 6 - Ichiro Suzuki had his major league-leading 52d multihit game and Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez drove in three runs apiece to lead visiting Seattle to victory.

Nationals 5, Marlins 4 - Cristian Guzman fell a home run shy of the cycle, Adam Dunn homered in his third straight game, and host Washington tied a season high with its fourth straight win.

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