NEW YORK -- Big Game Andy came up huge for the Bronx Bombers.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees (68-59) have won five straight games, and moved within 3.5 games of idle Tampa Bay and Oakland in the wild-card standings. New York has beaten Toronto 13 straight times in the Bronx and is 12-1 against the Blue Jays this season.
Pettitte (9-9), who allowed just four hits, has given up just two earned runs in his past three starts -- and emerged victorious in the past two.
The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 32 minutes because of rain.
MASS CHAOS: With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Vernon Wells hit a line drive to center. Rajai Davis made a shoestring catch, but second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez couldn't see it and ruled that the ball hit the ground.
As a result, the runners were quite confused.
Eduardo Nunez scored from third on the play, but both Chris Stewart and Ichiro Suzuki ended up on second. Stewart was out on an 8-4 fielder’s choice, and Wells was credited with an RBI on the play, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and southpaw Mark Buehrle, who wasn’t even pitching, were ejected for arguing the call. Instant replay would have been nice here.
HOT CORNER: Alex Rodriguez turned a nifty inning-ending double play in the fifth, backhanding a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Davis before stepping on third and then throwing across the diamond to complete the twin-killing, which stranded the bases loaded. At the plate, A-Rod went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
CLUTCH IS EVERYTHING: Nunez delivered a two-run single in the sixth, which knocked Happ out of the game and put the Yankees ahead 4-1.