NEW YORK (AP) – Robinson Cano singled home the winning run in the 10th inning after Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo balked home the tying run in a wild ninth, and the New York Yankees rallied past the Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Accardo’s meltdown cost Roy Halladay his 11th win after he stymied the Yankees for seven innings in an entertaining pitchers’ duel with Andy Pettitte. Aaron Hill’s tiebreaking double off struggling reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.
Casey Janssen (2-2) hit Alex Rodriguez with a breaking ball to open the 10th, and Rodriguez aggressively dashed to second on a wild pitch that was knocked down by catcher Gregg Zaun.
Hideki Matsui barely missed a game-ending homer, hitting a drive into the right-field upper deck just a few feet foul. He eventually struck out before Jorge Posada was intentionally walked.
After failing to come through in two key spots earlier in the game, Cano sliced the first pitch he saw into left field. New York won for the 10th time in 13 games and improved to 8-14 in one-run contests.
Luis Vizcaino (6-2) worked a scoreless inning for the win. Toronto stranded 12 runners for the second consecutive game.
Andy Phillips opened the New York ninth with a single and pinch-runner Miguel Cairo stole second. After failing on a bunt attempt, Melky Cabrera grounded a single off first baseman Lyle Overbay’s glove for his third hit of the night.
In a puzzling move, third base coach Larry Bowa waved Cairo home with none out even though strong-armed right fielder Alex Rios was charging the ball hard.
Rios threw a strike on the fly to Zaun, who tumbled over after withstanding a glancing blow to his legs by Cairo’s head.
Cabrera alertly went to second on the throw home and then easily stole third, taking off before an unaware Accardo even began his delivery. Accardo walked Johnny Damon, then balked home the tying run.
The right-hander recovered to keep it tied, retiring Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu with a runner on second. It was Accardo’s third blown save in 16 chances.
Rodriguez had a run-scoring single with two outs in the first for the Yankees.
Frank Thomas hit a two-out RBI double in the first and singled to start Toronto’s eighth-inning rally, which was helped along by Farnsworth’s wild pickoff attempt. The right-hander was booed loudly by the crowd of 51,961.
Halladay gave up one run and five hits. He struck out six and walked three.
Pettitte fanned a season-high seven over seven innings, allowing seven hits and three walks. It was the left-hander’s sixth no-decision when allowing no more than two earned runs.
Notes: Matsui singled off the base of the right-field fence in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games. … Cabrera pushed his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. … Halladay is 9-4 against the Yankees in his career.