Tony Clark hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning after Rivera
blew his second straight save in the ninth, and the New York
Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Monday night.
Rivera converted 23 consecutive saves before giving up three
runs in an 11-10 loss to rival Boston on Saturday. He failed to
hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning against Toronto, but ended
up with the win."My command was better today," Rivera said. "I'm not worried
about it. We won and that's the most important thing."Rivera blew two straight saves for the first time since Aug. 3
and 6 last year. It was during a stretch where he blew four of six
opportunities."These games are going to happen, and I'm not surprised,"
Rivera said. "I'm a human like the others, and that's going to
happen. When it happens, I guess it's such a big thing."New York manager Joe Torre isn't worried about his star closer."It was scary, but Mo threw good," Torre said. "I thought he
was a whole lot better than Saturday when he was wild."Clark hit his two-out double off Jason Frasor (3-3). Toronto
center fielder Vernon Wells nearly made a running catch on the
warning track, but the ball ticked off his glove, allowing Jorge
Posada, who walked, to score the go-ahead run."It's definitely a play I expect to make," Wells said.
"Unfortunately, it didn't happen."Clark felt better about his night after striking out in his
first two at-bats."I sat down and had a talk with myself during the game," Clark
said. "It's nothing I'm going to repeat, but it was a good
conversation."Carlos Delgado led off Toronto's ninth with a single and Gregg
Zaun doubled down the left-field line. Rivera then struck out Eric
Hinske swinging for the first out and got Alex Rios to hit a
grounder to him for the second out.But Chris Gomez followed with a two-run single to center, tying
it at 5. Rivera struck out pinch-hitter Frank Menechino to end the
threat.Rivera (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win."Saturday night was just a fluke. Today he threw a lot better.
They just hit his pitches," Posada said. "It's going to make him
tougher and stronger. We got the win and that's most important."After an intense series in Boston this weekend in which the
Yankees lost the final two of the three-game set, New York scored
four times in the first inning on Posada's seventh career slam.Toronto's Sean Douglass -- making his first start in the majors
since Sept. 24, 2002, allowed first-inning singles to Derek Jeter
and Gary Sheffield, and walked Alex Rodriguez before Posada hit his
first slam of the season with one out.Delgado and Zaun homered for the Blue Jays, who were coming off
a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.Delgado homered in his second straight game, a solo shot in the
fourth.Rios doubled in the fifth, advanced to third on a wild pitch and
scored on Gomez's sacrifice fly.After Zaun cut it to 4-3 with his solo homer, Javier Vazquez
walked Hinske. Paul Quantrill relieved and gave up an infield
single to Rios. Quantrill hurt himself while covering first on the
play, but stayed in the game and got Gomez to hit a grounder for
the second out.Tom Gordon struck out Orlando Hudson swinging to end the threat.
Gordon also pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.Sheffield gave New York a 5-3 lead with a two-out, RBI single
off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth.Vazquez gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
A Yankees fan was ejected from SkyDome after stealing a
foul popup from first baseman Delgado in the second. Delgado and
the fan both reached up for a foul fly down the first-base line at
the same time, with the fan snaring it clean. Delgado then angrily
slapped the ball out of the fan's glove with his own glove,
knocking the ball loose. He glared at the fan before throwing the
ball to the crowd. Spectators in Yankee jerseys high-fived the fan
and applauded him when he was escorted out. ... Attendance was
30,041 -- the largest crowd since June 12 versus Arizona. ... The
Yankees have hit five grand slams this season. Hideki Matsui hit
one on Sunday.