TORONTO (AP) - The Blue Jays held a closed-door meeting before Friday's game to talk about their troubling habit of making costly mistakes.
Then they went out and committed some more baserunning blunders in a loss to the Yankees.
Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez added a two-run shot and New York maintained its one-game lead atop the AL East by beating the Blue Jays 11-4.
Toronto had five hits, including three doubles, in the first two innings against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, but didn't score after having two runners thrown out on the bases.
Brett Lawrie was unable to get back to the bag after straying too far off second on a grounder to first after his leadoff double in the first. Yunel Escobar was picked off third by catcher Martin in the second.
``We took ourselves out of a couple of those run-scoring situations with some anticipation that didn't work out well,' Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
The gaffes came just hours after a 30-minute meeting in the clubhouse that saw veteran shortstop Omar Vizquel apologize for telling a local newspaper the Blue Jays weren't doing enough to correct repeated mistakes.
The 45-year-old Vizquel, who is retiring at the end of the season, also told the Toronto Sun on Thursday that the team needed better communication between coaches and players.
Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run and Adam Lind added a two-run shot for Toronto, which lost for the ninth time in 12 games.
New York keep its slim lead over second-place Baltimore, which used six first-inning runs to beat Boston 9-1.
Martin, who has six home runs and 16 RBIs this month, said he's feeding off New York's battle with Baltimore.
``This is the type of baseball that I enjoy,' he said. ``It's high intensity. This is why you play the game.'
Martin came into the final month batting just .198, but has heated up since and is hitting .298 over his past 19 games.
``Just trying to make a bad season look better,' he said. ``It's September, it's time to get going.'
Born in suburban Toronto, Martin went 2 for 4 with a walk and put on a show for about a dozen friends and family in the stands by hitting his career-high 20th homer.
``Trying to make them proud out there,' said the veteran catcher, who had 19 home runs with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007, his second big league season.
Nick Swisher had two hits and two RBIs for the Yankees, who have not lost consecutive games since a three-game skid from Sept. 2-4.
Hiroki Kuroda (15-11) won for the third time in five starts despite matching a season-high by allowing 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. He gave up two runs, walked two and struck out four.
``His fastball was missing out over a little bit today,' New York manager Joe Girardi said. ``He wasn't living on the edges like we're used to seeing.'
David Phelps worked 1 2-3 innings and David Robertson pitched the eighth. Cody Eppley got two outs in the ninth and Rafael Soriano finished for the Yankees.
Chavez capped it with a two-run drive to left off Bobby Korecky in the ninth, his 15th.
Swisher opened the scoring with a two-run double to right off right-hander Chad Jenkins in the first.
The top of the first ended when Curtis Granderson drilled a liner back to the mound that ripped the glove off Jenkins' left hand. The ball stayed in the glove as it flew into the air, and the rookie pitcher caught both glove and ball together to record the final out.
Making just his second major league start, Jenkins (0-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
``I didn't throw a lot of strikes,' Jenkins said. ``I was kind of all over the place.'
New York made it 3-0 in the second when Derek Jeter grounded into a bases-loaded double play.
Toronto scored in the fifth when Rasmus led off with a drive to right. The homer was his 23rd, matching his career high.
The Yankees broke it open with a four-run, bat-around sixth. Robinson Cano was hit on the left hand but stayed in the game, and Swisher singled before reliever Brett Cecil struck out Granderson and Raul Ibanez.
Jason Frasor came on and gave up Martin's homer. Chavez walked and Jeter lined a base hit to right before Ichiro Suzuki followed with an RBI single.
Kuroda left in the sixth after giving up a double to Kelly Johnson and a bloop single to Rajai Davis. Anthony Gose greeted David Phelps with an RBI fielder's choice, cutting it to 7-2.
The Yankees made it 8-2 on Ibanez's fielder's choice groundout in the seventh, but Lind cut it to 8-4 by homering off Phelps in the bottom half, his 11th.
Suzuki doubled and stole third in the eighth before scoring on Cano's bloop single off Aaron Loup.
NOTES: Jeter's single in the sixth was his ML-leading 209th hit. ... Cano was scheduled to undergo precautionary X-rays after the game. ... New York 1B Mark Teixeira (strained left calf) had six at_bats in a simulated game, ran the bases and took ground balls Friday. He will play five innings of an instructional league game Saturday and will likely rejoin the Yankees once they return home for the final three games of the season, Girardi said.
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