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Blue Jays rip Yankees

New York unable to recover from Toronto’s 8-run first

Associated Press / July 15, 2011

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Joe Girardi was left scratching his head at Bartolo Colon’s latest bad start.

Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames had three hits and three RBIs each and the Blue Jays used an eight-run first inning to beat Colon and the New York Yankees, 16-7, last night in Toronto.

The Yankees made three errors, including a first-inning miscue by third baseman Eduardo Nunez that led to five unearned runs.

The sloppy defense, and some bad luck, had Yankees manager Girardi calling Colon’s performance “hard to figure out.’’

“I really don’t know what to make of this start because he could have been out of the first inning without giving up a run and only faced four hitters,’’ Girardi said.

The Blue Jays knocked Colon out of the game before the first inning was finished, doing all their damage with two outs.

The Yankees showed some life, getting within two runs, 9-7, in the sixth inning, but that was it.

Starting for the third time since missing 18 games with a sore left hamstring, Colon (6-5) lost consecutive starts for the first time this season, allowing eight runs, three earned, and six hits in two-thirds of an inning, his shortest start of the year. He walked two and struck out none.

Colon acknowledged his leg injury is still on his mind when he pitches and when he has to play defense or cover a base.

“There’s no pain at all but every time I try to cover the base or have to react quickly, I’m thinking about it,’’ he said. “I don’t want to get hurt again.’’

Marlins 6, Cubs 3 - Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs delivered a two-run double off Chicago closer Carlos Marmol, and visiting Florida scored six times in the ninth inning to extend its season-high winning streak to six games.

The Marlins trailed, 2-0, before sending 11 batters to the plate in their final at-bat while pulling out a dramatic victory.

Matt Garza threw seven scoreless innings for Chicago and Sean Marshall worked the eighth, but Marmol (2-3) unraveled while picking up his seventh blown save opportunity in 26 chances.

Rangers 5, Mariners 0 - Derek Holland was perfect through five innings and finished with a five-hitter as Texas rolled in Seattle.

Holland retired the first 15 batters until walking Franklin Gutierrez on a 3-and-2 pitch to open the sixth. He then lost his no-hitter when the next batter, Chone Figgins lashed a single to right.

Twins 8, Royals 4 - Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Delmon Young had three hits in his return to the lineup, leading host Minnesota over Kansas City.

Indians 8, Orioles 4 - Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana homered, Justin Masterson struck out eight in six innings, and visiting Cleveland extended Baltimore’s losing streak to eight games.

Giants 6, Padres 2 - Mike Fontenot drew a go-ahead, bases-loaded walk with two out in the 12th inning and San Francisco tacked on four more runs in San Diego.

Rockies 12, Brewers 3 - Ryan Spilborghs had a home run among four hits, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six solid innings, and Colorado routed Milwaukee in Denver.

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