Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Nick Swisher capped New York's seven-run fourth
inning with a grand slam, and the Yankees held on for a 10-7 win over the
Toronto Blue Jays to take all three games in the series.
Ichiro Suzuki, a day after going 7-for-8 in New York's doubleheader sweep on
Wednesday, homered and drove in three runs in the club's fifth straight win.
Phil Hughes (16-12) struck out nine in five-innings and allowed four
runs on four hits and three walks, as the Yankees increased their lead atop
the AL East to one game over the idle Baltimore Orioles.
Moises Sierra homered and drove in three for the Blue Jays, who have dropped
seven of their last nine.
Aaron Laffey (3-6) was touched for five runs -- four earned -- on two hits and
five walks over three-plus innings to take the loss.
Toronto jumped in front on Kelly Johnson's RBI double in the second frame and
added another run an inning later when Sierra was hit by a pitch with the
But Hughes struck out Johnson to leave the bags full in the third, and Suzuki
sparked the Yankees' offense with a leadoff blast in the bottom half.
In the fourth, two walks and Johnson's error loaded the bases for Suzuki, who
lined a hanging breaking ball to right to knock in Russell Martin and Curtis
The double ended Laffey's outing, and Brad Lincoln had little success in
relief, walking Jayson Nix and allowing an RBI single to Derek Jeter before
Swisher strolled to the plate.
Swisher blew the game open by sending Lincoln's 96-m.p.h. fastball into the
right-field seats for the Yankees' club record-tying 10th grand slam this
season -- three coming from Swisher.
Adam Lind walked prior to Sierra's homer in the fifth, but the Yankees got the
runs back in the home half, which began with Granderson's routine pop up
falling between Johnson and Sierra for a double. Nix and Jeter each had run-
scoring hits with two outs to make it 10-4.
The Jays scored three times in the eighth, which began with Johnson homering
off Cory Wade. Wade was pulled with runners on second and third and one out,
and Joba Chamberlain gave up an RBI infield single to Brett Lawrie and a run-
scoring fielder's choice grounder to Mike McCoy.
Lind flied out to leave two runners on, and David Robertson struck out the
Jays in order in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Rafael Soriano, who had earned saves in both games on Wednesday, was
unavailable to pitch for New York.
Swisher has seven career grand slams ... The Yankees also hit 10 grand slams
in 2011, '10 and 1987 ... Toronto's pitching staff had gone 34 consecutive
innings without allowing a homer before Suzuki went deep ... Suzuki has raised
his average seven points (.272 to .279) over the last three games ... Laffey
has not picked up a win since Aug. 5, going 0-4 in eight appearances since,
six of those starts ... The Yankees next host the Athletics for three games.
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