Yankees Blue Jays Game Recap
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2: Ivan Nova threw 7 1/3 sensational innings and Casey McGehee belted a three-run homer as visiting New York won its fourth straight game.
Nova (11-6) breezed through Toronto's patchwork lineup, limiting the Blue Jays to two runs on five hits while striking out 10. The right-hander came into the game having allowed 16 runs over 10 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.
Derek Jeter added two hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who extended their American League East lead over the Baltimore Orioles to six games. The Orioles host Kansas City later Saturday.
New York broke things open with a four-run fourth inning against Blue Jays starter Aaron Laffey (3-3). With runners on first and second and two out, Jayson Nix lined a single to left field that brought home Mark Teixeira, who slid in just ahead of the throw from Rajai Davis.
McGehee followed with a blast into the second deck in center field, his ninth home run of the season and first since coming to New York in a trade with Milwaukee.
Toronto got on the board in the fourth. Davis reached on a single, stole second base and came around to score on Edwin Encarnacion's line-drive single to right field.
New York made it 5-1 in the sixth on doubles from McGehee and Jeter.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Laffey was charged with five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames. He walked four and struck out two. ... The game drew 45,582 to the Rogers Centre, the third announced sellout of the season. ... Jeter joined Hank Aaron as the only players in major-league history with 17 straight seasons of at least 150 hits. ... Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar was lifted from the game after he was hit in the elbow by a Nova pitch. Escobar, who was hit twice in the game, is the sixth member of the Jays' regular starting lineup on the sidelines.