Yankees lose seventh straight at The Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeff Weaver unraveled after an error by Alfonso

Soriano and the Toronto Blue Jays completed their first four-game

sweep over the Yankees, winning 5-3 on Sunday and sending New York to

its seventh straight home loss.

The Yankees dropped their season-high fourth in a row overall, a

skid that has dropped them out of the AL East lead. And their slump

at Yankee Stadium is their worst since they lost 10 straight in

1986. New York has lost 11 of the last 12 at home.

Now, what had shaped up as a festive afternoon in the Bronx on

Monday has become a little more desperate for the Yankees. While

Roger Clemens will make his first try at earning his 300th career

victory, he'll also try to stop the division-leading Boston Red


Greg Myers hit a two-run double and Josh Phelps also drove in

two runs as the Blue Jays finished off an 8-2 road trip. The sweep

over the Yankees came in Toronto's 27th season.

Yankees manager Joe Torre dramatically changed his lineup,

trying to spark his floundering team. Derek Jeter did fine as the

new leadoff man, hitting a home run and a single, and Soriano went

2-for-5 with a solo homer in the ninth while hitting in the third

slot for the first time in his major league career.

Doug Davis (2-3), claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays on April

30 after being cut by Texas, pitched five innings and ended his

three-game losing streak. He held New York to one run, working

around six hits and two walks.

Toronto used four relievers, with Cliff Politte getting his

eighth save.

The Yankees stranded 12 runners, including at least one in every

inning. New York also got a hit in every inning.

The Blue Jays helped themselves by playing errorless ball.

Shortstop Chris Woodward made the most sparkling play, going far

into the hole to field Jeter's grounder and getting a forceout that

ended the eighth.

Weaver (3-3) blanked the Blue Jays on one single through three

innings. But after Soriano fumbled Frank Catalanotto's leadoff

grounder to second base in the fourth, Weaver fell apart.

Weaver walked Vernon Wells on a 3-1 count and hit Carlos Delgado

with a pitch. Myers, who has not hit a grand slam in 77 career

at-bats with the bases loaded, grounded a two-run double down the

first-base line for a 2-1 lead.

Phelps followed with a sacrifice fly and Orlando Hudson hit an

RBI single to make it 4-1.

Delgado doubled to open the sixth, moved up on Myers' sharp

single and scored on Phelps' single, chasing Weaver.

Jorge Posada homered leading off the New York second. Jeter

greeted reliever Pete Walker with a home run in the seventh.

Game notes

Blue Jays OF Shannon Stewart sat out because of tightness

in both hamstrings. He's day to day. ... Two Toronto pitchers were

hit by batted balls. Davis was struck in the arm by Soriano's sharp

grounder, but recovered to throw him out in the first. Tanyon

Sturtze was hit in the foot by Todd Zeile's liner in the sixth.

Zeile got a single and Sturtze stayed in the game. ... Soriano

batted leadoff in the Yankees' first 49 games. ... Weaver has one

win in his last six starts. ... The Blue Jays are the only team in

the majors without a sacrifice bunt this year. After Hudson doubled

to start the ninth, Dave Berg tried to bunt but fouled it off.