Series: Game 3 of 4

Toronto leads 2-1 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Thursday, July 20
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in 11
Game 2: Friday, July 21
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Game 3: Saturday, July 22
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Game 4: Sunday, July 23
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Yankees 5

(56-39, 25-21 away)

Blue Jays 4

(54-43, 34-21 home)

    4:07 PM ET, July 22, 2006

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    NYY 020001200 5 7 0
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    W: C. Wang (11-4)

    L: S. Downs (4-1)

    S: M. Rivera (24)

    Jeter's RBI walk completes Yankees rally over Jays

    TORONTO (AP) -- The New York Yankees ended their slump despite the ongoing struggles of Alex Rodriguez.

    Elias Says

    Just five days after committing three errors in one game (and after two additional errors, each costly, in subsequent games), Alex Rodriguez found himself the designated hitter in the Yankees' starting lineup at Toronto -- and he struck out in all four of his plate appearances. It was only the second time in his career that A-Rod had struck out four times in a game; the other came 11 years and one month earlier -- on June 22, 1995 -- when the 19-year old Rodriguez, playing for Seattle, was fanned four times in four trips to the plate by Jim Abbott, then with the White Sox. A-Rod's team sent him to the minor leagues after that game. ... Stay tuned.

    Only one other major leaguer has had both a game of three-or-more errors and a game of four-or-more strikeouts this season: Arizona's Chad Tracy had one of the former and two of the latter. But you have to go back to April of 2000 to find the last time that a big-leaguer had one of each type of game within a span of six days: Jose Valentin had a four-error game playing shortstop for the White Sox on April 8 of that year at Oakland; three days later, he fanned four times in a game against the Devil Rays in St. Petersburg.

    But just as the Yankees won both A-Rod's three-error game and his four-strikeout game, so did the White Sox win both of Valentin's nightmare games six years ago.

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    Bernie Williams homered, Derek Jeter drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk, and the Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Rodriguez was the Yankees' designated hitter after committing five errors in five games -- and this time his woes were at the plate. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, including one with the bases loaded in the sixth.

    Rodriguez struck out four times in a game for the first time since June 22, 1995, against the Chicago White Sox.

    "It was just one of those days. It makes your head spin a little bit, but you put it behind you," Rodriguez said.

    Rodriguez was forced to play the field in the ninth and caught a popup for the final out of the game.

    He was at the ballpark at 11 a.m. Saturday, an hour before the team bus even left the hotel. He worked on his throwing. Eleven of his AL-leading 18 errors have been on throws.

    "I thought for me the biggest thing of the day was my work," Rodriguez said. "That's what I take out of the day. I'm glad we did it. I've been feeling great at the plate so I'm not really concerned about what I'm doing in the box. I know I'm going to hit."

    Rodriguez entered the game 12-for-36 (.333) with five home runs and eight RBI in his career against starter Ted Lilly, but he struck out three times against him.

    "He's just struggling right now," manager Joe Torre said. "He's striking out. He's swinging and missing at some pitches that he hits."

    Torre said the Yankees were flat in Friday's loss, so he called a team meeting before the game. Rodriguez said it was the longest meeting they've had in some time.

    Jason Giambi gave Torre credit for helping end the skid.

    "That's the amazing thing about Joe. He doesn't really call for too many meetings. He just wanted to make sure that we weren't getting sloppy," Giambi said. "He said, 'We have a tough four games in Toronto. Don't let them slip away.' Before you know it we lose four here and we're going on the road."

    Chien-Ming Wang (11-4) won his third straight start, allowing four runs and 10 hits in six innings. He struck out one and walked one.

    Mariano Rivera made his 700th career appearance, pitching the ninth for his 23rd save in 24 chances. Rivera suffered the loss to Toronto on Thursday.

    The second-place Yankees moved three games ahead of the third-place Blue Jays in the AL East.

    "It was a big win for us," Jeter said. "You want to control to your losing streaks."

    Eric Hinske homered for the Blue Jays, who traded disgruntled designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand to the San Francisco Giants late Friday night.

    Newly acquired reliever Jeremy Accardo arrived before the game but didn't pitch.

    "He'll fit in nicely, we got him for a reason," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's going to be a big part of this."

    After Williams singled off Brandon League in the sixth, Melky Cabrera singled before pinch-hitter Giambi tied it at four with an RBI single off loser Scott Downs (4-1).

    Downs intentionally walked Johnny Damon to bring up Miguel Cairo with the bases loaded. Justin Speier struck out Cairo but walked Jeter to force in Cabrera, giving New York a 5-4 lead.

    After Lilly nearly hit Jorge Posada with a pitch in the second, Posada yelled at Lilly before hitting a triple into the gap in left-center.

    "If I was going to hit him, I would try to do it with a four-seam fastball instead of a cutter," Lilly said.

    Williams followed with his homer to give New York a 2-0 lead.

    Aaron Hill hit an RBI single in the bottom half and Hinske tied it at two in the fourth with his homer.

    Lyle Overbay's two-run double gave Toronto a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

    Lilly committed a run-scoring balk in the fifth, allowing Damon to score.

    Game notes

    New York RHP Jaret Wright pinch-ran after Giambi walked in the ninth. ... Damon stole his 300th base in the sixth inning. ... Blue Jays general manager J.P. Riccardi said RF Alex Rios is expected to return to the team Aug. 1 at New York. Rios hasn't played in a month because of an infection in his left leg. Riccardi said he'll probably go on a rehab stint in the minors for four or six games starting Tuesday.

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