Aaron Hill had the winning hit, but Toronto’s bullpen deserved plenty of credit.
Hill singled home the winning run in the 14th inning and the Blue Jays got six innings of scoreless relief in a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees yesterday in Toronto.
The Jays’ bullpen had consecutive tough nights in losses to Tampa Bay Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing nine runs in four innings, but bounced back against the Yankees.
Scott Downs and closer Kevin Gregg each worked one inning, while Shawn Camp and Casey Janssen (4-0) both pitched two.
Facing righthander Chad Gaudin (0-3), New York’s sixth pitcher, Edwin Encarnacion led off the bottom of the 14th with a walk, then went to second on Fred Lewis’s sacrifice. Hill followed with a single to center, scoring Encarnacion without a throw.
“[Gaudin] walked the first guy, and that’s what really hurt,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Then he got ahead, he got where he wanted to, and he just left a slider up to Hill.’’
Gaudin struggled for words to express his disappointment.
“I let the team down, I let myself, the fans, everyone,’’ he said. “It’s tough.’’
Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, who lead the major leagues with 96 homers.
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high 10.
Rangers 6, Rays 1 — Tommy Hunter pitched a five-hitter in his season debut, Josh Hamilton homered, and host Texas beat Tampa Bay.
Hunter, who was called up from Triple A Oklahoma earlier in the day, struck out four and didn’t issue a walk. He retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced for his second career complete game.
Sean Rodriguez homered for the Rays, who’ve lost eight of their last 12.
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 3 — Dontrelle Willis pitched six scoreless innings and scored a run in his Arizona debut as the Diamondbacks held on to edge visiting Colorado.
Phillies 6, Padres 2 — Jamie Moyer pitched a seven-hitter and Jayson Werth homered to help host Philadelphia beat San Diego for its second straight win.
Twins 4, Athletics 3 — Matt Tolbert hit a tiebreaking two-out single in the ninth to drive in J.J. Hardy for visiting Minnesota.
Mets 6, Marlins 1 — New York’s Jonathon Niese scattered six hits over seven innings in his return from the disabled list for his first career win in nine starts at Citi Field and David Wright homered and drove in three runs.
Angels 11, Mariners 2 — Torii Hunter had three hits and three RBIs and keyed a six-run sixth inning to lead Los Angeles past host Seattle, the Angels’ ninth win in 11 games.
Tigers 4, Royals 2 — Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera broke up a scoreless duel with a sixth-inning home run in visiting Detroit’s win.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 4 — Colby Rasmus singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lift host St. Louis over Milwaukee.
Cubs 8, Astros 5 — Rookie Tyler Colvin hit a two-run home run, Aramis Ramirez homered and had two RBIs, and visiting Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak by ending Houston’s four-game winning streak.
Reds 5, Nationals 1 — Rookie Mike Leake (5-0) allowed an unearned run over seven innings to become the first pitcher in Reds history to go undefeated after 11 major league starts, helping visiting Cincinnati defeat Washington.
Indians 3, White Sox 1 — Austin Kearns had an RBI single in the fourth and scored on a balk, and Mitch Talbot beat Chicago for the third time this season for visiting Cleveland.
Pirates 6, Giants 3 — Andrew McCutchen had four hits, including a homer, and Paul Maholm allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to become the first Pirates starter to win a game in almost three weeks in host Pittsburgh’s victory over San Francisco.