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Hechavarria has big hit as Blue Jays beat Yankees

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TORONTO (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarria doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday, trimming New York's lead atop the AL East to half a game.

New York could fall into a first place tie with Baltimore if the Orioles beat Boston at home later Saturday.

Toronto's Rajai Davis homered and had three hits as the Blue Jays increased the pressure on the Yankees, who wasted several opportunities early.

Shawn Hill (1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the win and Casey Janssen closed it out for his 21st save in 24 chances.

Andy Pettitte's stretch of 11 scoreless innings since his return from a broken lower left leg was halted in the first when Davis hit a one-out solo homer to left, his eighth.

Davis had hits in his first three at bats after a 4-for-4 night Friday, giving him seven straight hits before he struck out in the seventh.

The Yankees loaded the bases twice in the first inning but managed just a pair of sacrifice flies by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson.

New York loaded the bases again in the third but failed to score, coming up empty when Hechavarria made a diving catch on Eduardo Nunez's sharp liner for the third out.

Toronto tied it in the fifth when Jeff Mathis led off with a double, took third on a fly and scored on a two-out single by Davis.

Davis' ball appeared to be headed foul but Alex Rodriguez, playing in, fielded it and his throw was late.

The Blue Jays chased Pettitte (5-4) and took a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Yunel Escobar walked, Yan Gomes reached on a bunt single and Moises Sierra flied out before Mathis hit another deep drive, with Granderson making a running catch on the warning track.

Joba Chamberlain came on to face Hechavarria, who doubled off the wall in right, scoring Escobar. Gomes went too far around third on the play and was thrown out, killing Toronto's rally.

Pettitte allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

In his final start of a disappointing season, Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero left after three innings with soreness in his left knee. Manager John Farrell and assistant trainer Hap Hudson came to the mound after Romero missed high on a 2-2 pitch to Andruw Jones in the third and hopped around the mound in pain. After a few practice pitches, Romero stayed in the game to strike out Jones, then escaped when Nunez lined out.

Romero allowed two runs and three hits, boosting his ERA to 5.77, highest among qualified AL starters. He also walked two, giving him an AL high 105 walks.

A first time All-Star in 2011, Romero struggled mightily this year, losing 13 consecutive decisions between June 22 and Sept. 24.

Derek Jeter started at designated hitter with Nunez at shortstop, but Jeter entered the game defensively in the sixth.

NOTES: Yankees INF Jayson Nix returned to New York for an MRI on his injured left hip, leaving Nunez as the team's primary backup infielder. ... Tony Fernandez, Adam Lind, Rance Mulliniks and Paul Molitor jointly hold Toronto's club record with hits in eight consecutive at-bats. ... Attendance was 36,139, putting the Blue Jays over 2 million for the first time since 2008. Toronto has four home dates remaining.

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