Yankees 10 Blue Jays 8
NEW YORK — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looked like an all-star on Sunday, although that’s hardly a surprise.
The fact that Alfredo Aceves also did caught plenty of folks off guard.
Jeter had four hits including the go-ahead two-run homer, and Aceves held Toronto to one hit over the final four innings as New York rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Blue Jays 10-8 and move a season-best 15 games over .500.
“I thought the bullpen did a great job. They’re capable of scoring a lot of runs,” said Jeter, who was picked for his 10th all-star game earlier in the day. “We’re playing well, we want it to continue. We’ve got another week before the break.”
It was New York’s fifth straight win over the Blue Jays, whose five-run fourth inning gave them an 8-4 lead that never appeared safe on a day in which balls were again flying out of Yankee Stadium. There were four homers hit — all of them to right field — to raise the total to 139 at the new ballpark midway through the season.
Jonathan Albaladejo (3-1), recalled after Chien-Ming Wang went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, got the win in relief — even though Aceves deserved most of the credit.
He finally turned off the offense and in the process earned his first save. Manager Joe Girardi elected to let him finish the game rather than turn to all-star closer Mariano Rivera, who had pitched four of the past five games.
Hideki Matsui homered and drove in four runs, and Jorge Posada had four hits and drove in three runs for the Yankees.
Aaron Hill homered and drove in three runs for Toronto, and Marco Scutaro and Adam Lind each had a pair of RBIs. It just wasn’t enough after Aceves took the mound.
“If we would have had one more hit here or there, or if we would have kept them from scoring some runs on a few occasions, then we might have had a few wins here,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said.