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 yesterday.
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 RBIs for the Blue Jays, who took three of four in the series and moved within two games of the Yankees in the AL East. The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 2 1/2 games.
Sidney Ponson (0-1) struggled in his second start for New York -- allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
``I really expected something from Sidney today, but it just looked like he didn't have any command at all," Torre said.
White Sox 5, Rangers 0 -- Jon Garland pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings and host Chicago avoided a sweep by snapping a four-game losing streak.
The ill will between Chicago and Vicente Padilla, who hit A.J. Pierzynski in his first two at-bats June 14, resurfaced after the Rangers' starter hit Alex Cintron in the third inning. Garland (10-3) responded by throwing the first two pitches of the fourth behind Ian Kinsler, prompting warnings to both benches.
``Unfortunately, Garland missed him a couple times," manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``I'm not the guy who's going to sit there and take my hitters being hit."
Braves 5, Phillies 1 -- Edgar Renteria homered and doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth to lift Atlanta over Philadelphia, spoiling a strong effort by Brett Myers, who pitched into the ninth inning in his first home start since being arrested on domestic assault and battery charges.
Jeff Francoeur added a three-run homer in the ninth for the Braves, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Myers received mixed reactions at the start of the game, but left to a wave of cheers.
Padres 6, Giants 5 -- Mike Cameron tripled leading off the 12th inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Eric Young, and host San Diego avoided its first four-game sweep in San Francisco in nearly 13 years.
The Padres regained the NL West lead, moving a half-game ahead of the Giants by ending a four-game skid. Twins 3, Indians 1 -- Rookie Francisco Liriano (12-2) struck out 10 in five innings and visiting Minnesota tied a 40-year-old team record with 17 strikeouts. The total tied the Twins' record set May 6, 1966, at Boston.
The 17 strikeouts set a Cleveland record for a nine-inning game, one more than the Indians had June 4, 2004, at St. Louis.
Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1 -- Jason Marquis became the NL's first 12-game winner, Juan Encarnacion homered twice, and visiting St. Louis swept the season series for the first time in the 115-year rivalry.
The Cardinals set a franchise record by homering in their 19th straight game in finishing 7-0 against the Dodgers this year.
Tigers 8, Athletics 4 -- Carlos Guillen tripled, doubled, and singled, helping Nate Robertson (9-6) end a three-game skid in host Detroit's win over Oakland.
Orioles 4, Devil Rays 2 -- Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings to win his seventh straight start and Melvin Mora hit a tiebreaking RBI single during a two-run eighth inning to lead visiting Baltimore.
Astros 8, Mets 4 -- Pitcher Roy Oswalt touched off a four-run rally with his second hit of the game and visiting Houston beat New York to end a three-game slide.
Nationals 7, Cubs 1 -- Tony Armas (7-5) went seven innings for his first win since June 4, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Church homered, and host Washington completed its first home sweep of the season.
Brewers 4, Reds 1 -- Tomo Ohka allowed three hits in eight innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list and struggling Milwaukee avoided a three-game sweep by beating host Cincinnati.
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 7 -- Garrett Atkins hit a two-run double to cap a four-run rally against closer Jorge Julio, helping visiting Colorado down Arizona.
Marlins 5, Pirates 4 -- Dan Uggla homered in the third inning, then singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth, leading host Florida past Pittsburgh.