TORONTO (AP) -- Joe Torre felt "helpless" and Johnny Damon said
the Yankees got their "brains beat in" by the Blue Jays.
No doubt about it, New York was happy to leave Toronto after
another loss Sunday.
Vernon Wells hit two of Toronto's five homers and the Blue Jays
scored eight times in the third inning of a 13-5 victory over the
Yankees, who lost for the fourth time in five games overall.
"We certainly served it up today," Torre said.
Troy Glaus, Eric Hinske and Reed Johnson homered in the third,
helping Shaun Marcum earn his first major league win. Wells and
Johnson each had four RBI for the Blue Jays, who took three of
four in the series and moved within two games of the second-place
Yankees in the AL East.
"We could have easily taken all four," Wells said. "But
you've got to be happy with three."
Toronto matched a season high with nine extra-base hits and
scored 11 runs on five homers.
Sidney Ponson (0-1) struggled in his second start for New York --
allowing six runs, five hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Ponson hasn't won in nine starts, dating to his stint with St.
Louis this season.
"I really expected something from Sidney today, but it just
looked like he didn't have any command at all," Torre said.
Torre said Ponson deserves another start, but he doesn't know
when it will be because of two off days coming up.
"I know the situation," Ponson said. "I'm not pitching like I
used to. I don't know why."
Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 and is in a 4-for-27 slump. He was
back at third base after a day as New York's designated hitter and
didn't commit an error after making five in his previous five
starts at third.
Rodriguez maintains he is happy with his approach at the plate.
"I still feel good," he said.
Toronto sent 13 batters to the plate and set a club record for
runs in a third inning. The Blue Jays have played well since
cutting disgruntled designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand.
"It was a long, hard week, big controversy, but the guys stayed
focused," manager John Gibbons said.
Damon thinks the Blue Jays played better because of it.
"Dissension breeds winners. It seemed like they pulled together
and came out playing with a lot of confidence," he said.
Glaus hit a two-run shot off Ponson, and Hinske and Johnson each
hit a three-run drive off Kris Wilson. The club record for home
runs in an inning is four.
Wells hit a two-run homer off Ponson in the first and a solo
shot off Shawn Chacon in the fifth for his sixth multihomer game
Marcum (1-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.
He struck out four and walked one.
Marcum replaced Ty Taubenheim in the rotation. Taubenheim is
recovering from an infection in his left foot.
Posada's three-run homer off Marcum gave New York a 3-2 lead in
the third, but Toronto scored eight runs in the bottom half.
Toronto added two in the seventh on Johnson's RBI double and
Wells' sacrifice fly.
Johnson went 3-for-5 and Wells finished 3-for-4.
Wells' only out was a loud one, a shot to the warning track that
left fielder Melky Cabrera had to jump for.
"They just kept going up and swinging the bats at will," Damon
Attendance was 42,337. ... The three homers allowed by the
Yankees in the third were the most they've allowed in an inning
this season. ... Toronto scored nine runs in the fourth inning of a
victory over Texas on July 17. ... Five of Ponson's seven outs were