TORONTO (AP) -- The New York Yankees failed to get a win from
their starting pitcher -- again.
Carlos Delgado homered off Mike Mussina in Toronto's five-run
seventh inning and the Blue Jays ended a five-game losing skid with
a 6-4 victory over the Yankees on Sunday after a power outage
delayed the start for about an hour.
Mussina (9-8) remained winless in four starts since coming back
from an elbow injury that sidelined him for nearly six weeks. He
gave up five runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.
The Yankees have gotten just one win from their starting
pitchers in the last 15 games.
"I just didn't do it. That's the frustrating part. I pitched
well for six innings, but it looks like I didn't pitch well at all
when it's all said and done," said Mussina, who added that his
health is no longer a concern.
New York manager Joe Torre was "very pleased" with the outing.
"He's getting stronger," Torre said.
Alex Rodriguez went 4-for-4 with a homer and a walk for the
Yankees, whose lead over second-place Boston in the AL East dropped
to 4½ games -- their smallest margin since June 23.
Rodriguez isn't worried about Boston.
"They are playing extremely well, but we're in the driver's
seat," Rodriguez said. "This game is about runs and they are in
the best run of the year."
Miguel Batista (10-10) won for the first time since July 23 -- a
span of seven starts -- and allowed two runs and seven hits in seven
"It was a good one by Batista. Seven strong ones," Blue Jays
interim manager John Gibbons said.
With approximately 11,000 fans in the stands 60 minutes before
the game, SkyDome went black for a few moments before the emergency
lights came on.
A spokesman for Hydro One, an Ontario power company, said a
raccoon might have caused an insulator to blow at a nearby power
station. Thousands of fans were stuck waiting outside the ballpark
while the lights inside were out. Attendance was 44,072, Toronto's
largest home crowd since opening day.
The game was scheduled to start after a ceremony honoring
longtime Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, who called 4,306
consecutive regular-season games for the team. The streak spanned
27 years and was broken in June because of his father's funeral.
The ceremony also began about an hour late.
Mussina didn't like it when the game started 15 minutes later
than when they said it would.
"I don't want to take anything away from the accomplishment,
but tell us 2:30 instead of 2:15," Mussina said.
Reed Johnson hit a leadoff homer against Mussina, helping the
last-place Blue Jays improve to 3-10 against the Yankees.
Down 2-1 in the seventh, the Blue Jays sent nine to the plate.
Delgado led off with a homer off Mussina. After Eric Hinske reached
on a fielder's choice and stole second, Gabe Gross chased Mussina
with a go-ahead single.
Johnson added an RBI single off Paul Quantrill, and Orlando
Hudson hit a run-scoring single to shortstop Derek Jeter, whose
throw to second sailed into right field for an error, allowing
Johnson to score Toronto's sixth run.
Johnson led off the first inning with a homer, the sixth time
Toronto has started the first with a home run this season.
Rodriguez tied it in the third with his 23rd career homer at
SkyDome, the most by an opponent.
John Flaherty doubled in the fifth and scored on Rodriguez's RBI
New York RF Gary Sheffield missed the game with a sprained
left ankle. He's listed as day to day. ... Attendance was 159,731
for the four-game series, Toronto's largest crowd for a four-game
series since Aug. 4-7, 1995, in a series against Boston. ... New
York 1B Tony Clark hit three homers Saturday, but manager Joe Torre
started John Olerud instead.