McCann's big night propels Yanks past Blue Jays
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian McCann hit a two-run homer in the fourth and then broke the game open with a three-run triple in the seventh, as the New York Yankees continued their home dominance of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 7-3 victory on Wednesday.
McCann became the first Yankees catcher with a homer, triple, and five RBI in a game since Elston Howard in 1962.
Chase Whitley (3-0) gave up two runs on five hits over five innings for the Yankees, who have won the first two contests of this three-game series.
New York's 15-game home winning streak over the Blue Jays is the longest by one team over another since Toronto topped Baltimore 16 straight times at Rogers Centre from 2009-11.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle watched on Tuesday as New York rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka took over the major league lead in victories. Buehrle tried to join Tanaka in the 11-win club on Wednesday, but was unsuccessful.
Buehrle (10-4) lost his third straight start after allowing three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings. The left-hander has now lost nine consecutive decisions against the Yankees dating back to 2004.
The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brett Gardner led off with a single, moved to second when Derek Jeter reached on Brett Lawrie's fielding error, advanced to third on a fly ball and raced home on Alfonso Soriano's single to right-center field.
In the top of the fourth, Dioner Navarro and Colby Rasmus hit back-to-back two-out singles that each plated a run.
But Toronto's lead was short lived, as McCann homered in the home half of the frame. Carlos Beltran led off with a single and crossed the plate on McCann's blast to right.
New York pulled away with a four-run seventh. Chad Jenkins gave up singles to Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira to load the bases with one out. Brett Cecil came in from the bullpen and walked pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki to force in a run. After Beltran fouled out, McCann hit a bases-clearing triple past a diving Rasmus in right-center field.
The Blue Jays pulled within 7-3 on Jose Bautista's RBI double in the eighth. It was the 1,000th hit of Bautista's career.
Toronto activated Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game and optioned outfielder Anthony Gose to Triple-A Buffalo. Rasmus had been sidelined since May 12 with a right hamstring injury ... Lawrie exited the game in the fifth after being hit on the left hand by a pitch an inning before. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day ... Buehrle fell to 1-11 lifetime against the Yankees ... The Yankees moved to within 2 1/2 games of the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East ... Gardner went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.
06/18 22:47:01 ET