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Yankee loss means tie in the East

Jaret Wright is hit for the third time and the Blue Jays score seven in the first to play spoiler.

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

NEW YORK - Jaret Wright must feel as though there's a bull's-eye on his back - not to mention his neck, chest and elbow.

Bruised by a line drive again, Wright was ineffective and Toronto ended New York's five-game winning streak Saturday with a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.

"A bat, two balls - I don't know," Wright said. "When it keeps happening, it's definitely frustrating."

Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano made costly errors for the Yankees, who lost for only the second time in 13 games. Chasing their eighth consecutive division title, they fell into a tie for the AL East lead with Boston.

"The focus is always on this division. We can disrupt some things," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, whose team begins a four-game series at Fenway Park on Monday.

Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske each drove in two runs for Toronto. Wright was chased with none out in the second inning, his shortest start since August 2004.

Staked to a comfortable lead, Scott Downs held New York in check for 52/3 innings. Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees.

Miguel Batista struck out Jason Giambi with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

Batista then fanned all three batters in the ninth for his 30th save in 38 chances.

"We have a chance to play spoilers right now. It's fun to play in an atmosphere like this," Downs said.

Gregg Zaun smacked a liner right back at Wright in the first, knocking the pitcher off his feet. It was the third time this month that he was literally hit hard on the mound. Wright was struck by a liner near the neck Sept. 1 and in the right elbow by a broken bat in his last start.

[Last modified September 25, 2005, 02:15:40]


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