After New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi used six relief pitchers to secure a win in the first game of a doubleheader the Yankees needed their starting pitcher more than ever in the night cap. Rookie David Phelps answered the call as the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Wednesday night.
Stellar in his second straight start for the AL East leading Yankees, Phelps hurled six and two thirds innings of one run ball. After surrendering a two-out RBI single to Toronto's Adieny Hechavarria in the second Phelps retired 13 straight batters before J.P Arencibia reached on a Derek Jeter throwing error with one out in the seventh. Phelps proceeded to walk the bases loaded before giving way to Boone Logan, making his second appearance of the day. Logan enticed pinch hitter Moises Sierra to ground out putting an end to the Blue Jays seventh inning threat.
Ichiro Suzuki continued to supply the offense for the Yankees going 4-4. Stepping up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the eighth Ichiro drove a 1-1 pitch to left field that plated Curtis Granderson and put the Yankees ahead for good. The hit was Ichiro's seventh of the day after going 3-4 in the day game.
Yankee captain Derek Jeter managed to reach yet another milestone in his story book career. His first inning single gave him 200 hits on the season and tied him with Yankee legend Lou Gehrig for most 200 hit seasons in Yankee history with eight.
After pitching one and a third innings in the day game to notch his 41st save Rafael Soriano returned in the night cap for another scoreless ninth to record his 42nd save. Cody Eppley was credited with the win after coming in with two outs in the top of the eighth to strike out Brett Lawrie with nobody on.
The two wins today put the Yankees on a four game winning streak and help extend their AL East lead to one game over the Baltimore Orioles.
Yankees lead the Baltimore Orioles by one game pending the result of Baltimore's late game with Seattle.
The Yankees have won four straight games.
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