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Yankees' five homers in Toronto plenty

Yankees' five homers in Toronto plenty

TORONTO -- The Yankees didn't need extra moments to savor their tours around the bases on Tuesday, as Jose Bautista had done an evening earlier, because their ultimate response came in the amount of men they sent circling freely around.

One night after Bautista single-handedly downed the Yankees with an emotional two-homer showing, the Bronx Bombers bashed back with five players homering, powering a convincing 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

"That was a true team effort tonight," said Mark Teixeira, who homered in the third inning and enjoyed a four-hit performance. "We were aggressive, and we were swinging at good pitches. They came after us, and we just swung the bats really well tonight."

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Tempers had flared on Monday when Bautista homered, was spilled to the dirt by an Ivan Nova pitch and then homered again to defeat the Yankees, but New York made sure the knockdown was delivered early on Tuesday in the form of three third-inning homers off Toronto starter Marc Rzepczynski.

With New York already up, 2-0, Teixeira started the barrage with a long solo shot off the facing above the second deck in left field. Marcus Thames added a two-run shot and Jorge Posada tacked on a solo blast -- the Yankees' sixth back-to-back homers of the season.

"It's not easy to do," Posada said. "We came swinging today and got a lot of good pitches to hit, and we didn't miss them. It was one of those days."

Rzepczynski was knocked out after that frame, and the Yankees sent another two round-trippers over the walls in the fifth inning off Brian Tallet, pulling away and extending their advantage to support starter Dustin Moseley.

Curtis Granderson connected for a three-run homer in the fifth that blew the game wide open, lifting one over the right-field wall against Tallet and continuing a surge that began when hitting coach Kevin Long retooled his swing during the Yankees' Aug. 10-11 series at Texas.

"Everything is taking steps to where we want to get it to be," Granderson said. "We're using what we've been walking on, and I continue to have a chance every time I go up there. There are some timing issues that I'm still working out, but it's a good issue to have, because that means we're short and quick."

Derek Jeter hit New York's fifth and last homer, ripping a line drive over the wall in left-center for his first homer since a July 22 inside-the-parker off the Royals' Bruce Chen, and the first that left the yard since a June 12 drive off the Astros' Jeff Fulchino.

"We have power in our lineup, and we got production from a lot of people tonight," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's good. You want to try to spread the offense out, and we did it tonight."

"Any time they pound out 17 hits against your pitching staff," Tallet said, "it's never a good night."

Unlike Monday, when Bautista soaked in a 28-second jog around the bases following the decisive homer off Dave Robertson, the Yankees kept a reasonable pace. Moseley used it well, limiting the Blue Jays to two runs over six comfortable innings.

"I had a good changeup and a good cutter tonight, and I made pitches when I needed to," Moseley said. "I was behind in a lot of counts, but strike one was beneficial for me against a lineup like that, with the lead that we got."

Continuing to fill in nicely for injured left-hander Andy Pettitte, Moseley was already holding a six-run advantage when Toronto finally struck against the right-hander, with Vernon Wells knocking a fourth-inning RBI single that brought home Yunel Escobar.

"You know you've got to make pitches throughout the game and change speeds, work in and out," Moseley said. "Otherwise, they've got a lot of guys that can beat you. I went into it and stuck with the game plan all night, and it worked out for me."

John Buck knocked in the Jays' second run with a sixth-inning single to center, but Granderson came up firing and cut down Adam Lind at the plate to complete Moseley's serviceable effort, in which he walked four and struck out four to leave in line for his third victory in five starts.

"It's all about pitching, really," Posada said. "When we go out there, we have a pretty good chance every day, and today is a perfect example. You keep the opposition down, and Moseley did the job. It seems like the pitching staff has done real well lately."

The only scare came in the seventh, as Nick Swisher fouled a ball off the top of his left knee and was removed from the game two pitches later, hobbling off after Girardi forced him out of the at-bat. But Swisher said the swelling should go down in time to play on Wednesday.

Chad Gaudin allowed three runs in that seventh inning, including Lind's two-run double, but he finished up with a scoreless eighth before Kerry Wood hurled a blank ninth inning to seal the victory.

"It's tough to come back with a team like that, because I know they're going to run everybody at you that they can from that bullpen to keep that lead," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "When they get you down like that, you're going to be in trouble."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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