Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2

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What it means: That by the time the Orioles and Red Sox get done tonight, after 158 games the Yankees could find themselves right back where they started on Opening Day -- in a flat-footed tie atop the AL East.

Raggedy Andy: Andy Pettitte had by far the roughest outing of his comeback from a broken leg, losing his 11-inning scoreless streak when Rajai Davis homered in the first inning, and being nicked for three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Although Pettitte officially allowed only five hits, two of them infield singles, he went to a lot of deep counts and surrendered a lot more hard-hit balls than the box score indicates, including the last out he got, a drive by Mike Mathis that sent Curtis Granderson crashing into the center-field fence.

Small bites: The Yankees scored two first-inning runs without the benefit of a big hit or, actually, any RBI hits at all. Robinson Cano and Granderson drove in both runs with sac flies after the Yankees loaded the bases on single by Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki and a walk to Alex Rodriguez.

RISP FAIL! RISP FAIL! The Yankees loaded the bases with no one out in the third and came up empty when Granderson popped out, Andruw Jones struck out (for the second time in two at-bats) and Eduardo Nuñez lined out to second base.

In the fifth, they had runners on first and second with none out and got nothing when Granderson grounded into a force out and Raul Ibañez, sent up to hit for Jones against the righty, hit into a double play.

The Yankees were 2-for-11 w/RISP, and neither of those hits (Nick Swisher singles) drove in a run.

Foul play? The Blue Jays tied the game at 2 in the fifth on a roller to third base by Davis that A-Rod played, although it looked like it might roll foul. Alex's throw could not beat the speedy Davis to first, allowing Mathis (leadoff double) to score from third.

A-Rod redeemed himself on the next play with a fine backhand snag of Edwin Encarnacion's bullet down the third-base line to end the inning.

Mystery move: After giving Jeter a DH day to spare him from the unforgiving turf at the Rogers Centre and inserting Nuñez at shortstop, Joe Girardi inexplicably pulled Nuñez after the top of the sixth and sent Jeter back to SS, losing his DH in the process. It raised the possibility that the Yankees' infield, already thinned by injuries, may have lost Nuñez to an injury incurred when he flied out in the top of the inning.

This is why the Blue Jays are a bad team: Or at least one of the reasons. With two out in the sixth inning, Yan Gomes failed to score from first on a blistering line drive by Adeiny Hechavarria that sailed over Ichiro's head in right. Worse than that, he wound up getting caught off third on the relay throw, ending the inning.

The Blue Jays took a 3-2 lead on the play -- Yunel Escobar scored from second -- but they should have had a two-run lead, and still been hitting.

Alphonse/Gaston routine: Once again, Swisher and Cano got their signals crossed on a bunt up the first-base line, with Swisher fielding Gomes' bunt and Cano not covering first in the sixth inning. Gomes got himself thrown out later (see above), but the play kept the inning going long enough for Hechahvarria to knock in what proved to be the game winner.

Short day: Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero left the game after three innings with "left knee discomfort," apparently suffered on a pitch to Jones. Romero seemed to hurt himself on his landing after the pitch, but remained in the game long enough to strike out Jones and retire Nuñez to finish the inning. He was replaced by right-hander Shawn Hill to start the fourth.

What's next: Finale of this four-game series, and last road game of the regular season, pits Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.10) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (9-14, 4.91), first pitch at 1:07 p.m.