NEW YORK -- Yankees starter David Phelps escaped a first-inning jam in Thursday night's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays after manager Joe Girardi's successful replay challenge.
With runners on first and second, Phelps' pick-off throw to second caught Melky Cabrera leaning, but second-base umpire Jordan Baker called Cabrera safe as Brian Roberts applied the tag. Girardi immediately came out to challenge the call and it was overturned after a 38-second review.
Phelps struck out Edwin Encarnacion looking to end the Blue Jays' threat without yielding a run.
"That's probably the biggest play of the game when you look back on it," Girardi said. "They had some momentum and you're in a tough spot, 3-2 on Encarnacion, and all of a sudden, you get a big pickoff and it helps you relax a little bit."
The Blue Jays were unsuccessful on a challenge in the eighth inning.
With one out and the bases empty, Dioner Navarro hit a ground ball to second baseman Roberts and was called out at first by umpire Chris Conroy.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged the ruling on the field -- because he thought Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira pulled his foot off the bag -- down by two runs and with a chance to bring the potential tying run to the plate. But the call was ruled to stand.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.