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Yankees rally in ninth to top Toronto

May 25, 2011 - 3:40 AM Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira's two-out single scored Curtis Granderson to cap a two-run bottom of the ninth, lifting the Yankees to a 5-4 win over Toronto in the second of a three-game set.

Frank Francisco (1-2) took the hill for the ninth with Toronto ahead 4-3 and retired Brett Gardner on a groundout before allowing a pinch-hit double to Jorge Posada. Chris Dickerson came on to pinch-run and Derek Jeter grounded out with Dickerson taking third. Granderson then singled through the right side to tie the game.

The speedy Granderson moved into scoring position with a steal of second and came home with the winning run when Teixeira lined a base hit off the glove of first baseman Juan Rivera that trickled into right field.

"It was great to do that in front of our home crowd," Teixeira said. "We haven't done that too much this year. To come back and get a win, a big win, especially for CC and the home fans was nice for us."

Granderson finished 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Russell Martin hit a solo homer and drove in two for New York, which made a winner out of CC Sabathia (5-3), who picked up his 31st career complete game. The burly left- hander allowed eight hits and four runs, recording 77 of his 103 pitches for strikes. He also retired the final 16 batters.

The Yankees, who scored four times over the final two innings, have now won six of their last eight games.

Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored for Toronto, which has dropped three of five. Starter Ricky Romero yielded one run on seven hits over seven innings. The lefty struck out four and walked three.

But in the end of was Francisco who couldn't hold off the Yankees.

"I didn't try to walk anybody. When I got behind in the count I was still pitching my game," Francisco said. "I didn't give in with my fastball."

Martin's one-out shot into the left-field seats in the second gave New York the early advantage, but Corey Patterson tied it in the third with a two- out RBI single and the Blue Jays went ahead in the fourth.

Rivera doubled leading off the inning and crossed the plate on J.P. Arencibia's line-drive base to center. Edwin Encarnacion singled two batters later to put runners on the corners before Davis chased in a another with a single.

With men still on first and third, John McDonald's squeeze bunt made it 4-1.

The Yankees stranded a runner in scoring position in the home third and sixth, then had another chance in the seventh.

Gardner reached with a one-out walk and moved up a base on Eduardo Nunez's single. Jeter then bounced into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

However, New York pushed across two in the eighth to make it a one-run game.

Granderson doubled leading off and made it to third with one away. Marc Rzepczynski entered in relief of Casey Janssen and struck out Alex Rodriguez before Robinson Cano laced an RBI two-bagger to center and Martin plated another with a base hit up the middle.

Sabathia retired 16 straight to allow his club to win the game in the ninth.

Game Notes

Sabathia's complete game win was the first nine-inning complete game by a Yankees starter since he last accomplished the feat on May 8, 2009 at Baltimore, snapping a streak of 341 consecutive games without a complete-game of at least nine innings - the longest such stretch for any team in American League history...The Blue Jays had their season-high five-game road winning streak snapped...Yankees right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to determine the cause of the soreness in his throwing elbow...Jeter went 0-for-5 and is still 25 hits shy of 3,000 for his career...Sabathia improved to 10-3 in his career against Toronto and has never lost to the Blue Jays as a member of the Yankees, winning his last five decisions in the series.

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