In a game that saw one inside-the-park-home run, two blown leads, and three runners thrown out at the plate, the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 7-6 on a pinch-hit single from Marcus Thames to win it in the 10th inning.

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Initial Reaction:

A game on the Fourth of July couldn’t have seen more fireworks. Mariano Rivera gave up Dewayne Wise’s tying single in the ninth. Earlier, Wise lost a ball in the sun, allowing the Yankees to tie it in the sixth on Brett Gardner’s two-run inside-the-park homer.

The Jays had a chance in 10th, too. Edwin Encarnacion popped a bunt up in the air that looked to be going foul, but Alex Rodriguez picked it up and threw to second for a force out. Encarnacion wasn’t hustling on the play and was out at first by about a step. After the double play, David Robertson struck out Jose Molina to end the top of the inning with a runner on third.

Activated off the DL earlier in the day, Thames hit a bloop single over the infield, driving in Robinson Cano from second.

Positives From The Game:

Brett Gardner should be an All-Star. He went 2-for-4, scored two runs, hit a two-run inside-the-park home run (second HR in as many days), and drew one walk. He’s having a very similar year to Ichiro, and he’s a starter.

The Yanks trailed twice and faced a tie-game three times this afternoon – and fought back every time to take the lead.

Negatives From The Game:

Being skipped in the rotation after winning his fifth-straight start hasn’t produced the kind of results the Yanks were hoping to get out of Phil Hughes. After giving up six earned on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings in his previous start, Hughes allowed five runs on six hits in six innings of work this afternoon. Maybe being named to the All-Star team will turn things around for Phil.

Nick Swisher was thrown out at home on Mark Teixeira’s deep double to center, and Texieira was also out at the plate when he tried to come home on Alex Rodriguez’s popup to shallow center. Swisher was thrown out at home again on Francisco Cervelli’s foul pop to right.

Interesting Facts:

Brett Gardner leads all American League outfielders in on-base percentage, at a .401 clip.

Happy 80th birthday George Steinbrenner.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees travel to Oakland for a three-game set against the Athletics.

Monday, 10:05 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (6-7, 5.11 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets (3-7, 4.98 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Loss, six innings, three runs, eight strikeouts (vs. Mariners)
Sheets: ND, six innings, four runs (three earned), four strikeouts (at Orioles)

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada left after spraining a finger on a foul tip. Manager Joe Girardi said he would not catch at Oakland on Monday.