TORONTO (AP) - Adam Lind picked a big stage to break out of a bothersome slump.
Lind had three-hits, including a three-run double, and Jose Molina singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 5-4 Friday night.
``Based on the look on his face when he was in the dugout, it was a big night for him,' Toronto manager John Farrell said of Lind, who went 3 for 5 with a single, two doubles and three RBIs. ``You could see that he was having fun, he was executing at some critical points in the game and it's good to see him doing what he's capable of doing.'
Lind came in batting .178 (13 for 73) in his past 18 games but left feeling good about his fifth-inning double off Sabathia that put Toronto ahead 4-3.
``You couldn't do it against a better team or a better pitcher,' Lind said.
Farrell was just as pleased with Lind's clutch hit to the opposite field.
``That's the first time in a while he's come through at a pivotal point in the game,' Farrell said.
Casey Janssen (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games and sent the Yankees to their sixth defeat in nine.
``We didn't miss pitches when they were on the plate,' Farrell said.
Nick Swisher's RBI single tied it in the sixth, but Lind doubled off Boone Logan (5-3) leading off the ninth. Molina, who played for the Yankees from 2007-09, won it with a one-out single off Cory Wade.
``I thought when we got the 3-1 lead we were going to win that game,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ``Jose got a pitch up in the zone and didn't miss it.'
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera remained on hold at 600 saves and Sabathia failed to earn his 20th victory. The left-hander was held winless for the second straight start, just the second time this season that's happened.
``They made him work tonight,' Girardi said. ``I didn't think his command was as good as it has been. He had some really good innings and then he had some innings where he struggled.'
Sabathia won seven straight starts and nine of 10 from June 14 to Aug. 1. He's 3-3 with a 4.56 ERA in eight starts since.
``My arm feels good, my body feels good,' Sabathia said. ``It's just been not executing pitches when I need to.'
New York lost its second straight game on the last at-bat since Rivera got his 600th save Tuesday at Seattle, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman's career record.
Jose Bautista, 0 for 19 against Sabathia coming in, singled in the first to put runners at the corners, and Edwin Encarnacion hit into a run-scoring forceout.
Swisher's RBI double and Eric Chavez's second homer of the season, a two-run drive, put the Yankees ahead 3-1 in the third against Dustin McGowan.
McGowan started in place of Brett Cecil, scratched because of a cut left index finger sustained while cleaning a blender Wednesday. McGowan allowed three runs and three hits in a season-high five innings.
``Tonight was the sharpest of the three outings he's had,' Farrell said.
NOTES: Toronto has won six straight one-run games. ... Cecil is to start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. ... Toronto OF Colby Rasmus returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his right wrist on Aug. 23. ... Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (bruised left elbow) missed his fourth straight game. ... The retractable roof at Rogers Centre was open during batting practice but began to close during the first inning.
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