Arencibia homers as Blue Jays beat Yankees 8-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm •  Published: April 21, 2013

TORONTO (AP) — Manager John Gibbons said he had a "here we go again" feeling after back-to-back bases loaded walks erased a Blue Jays lead.

Then, Toronto's dormant offense finally woke up.

J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer, Melky Cabrera had three hits and the Blue Jays rallied for an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday after starter Josh Johnson walked in the tying and go-ahead runs.

"A good, big win for us," Gibbons said. "Maybe today is something that'll get us going."

Arencibia hit his seventh homer, tying him with Baltimore's Chris Davis for the AL lead, as the Blue Jays avoided their first three-game sweep against New York since the opening series of the 2003 season.

"We know what this team is capable of," Arencibia said. "We just have to continue to put at bats together and when you have an opportunity, try to rally behind it."

Toronto scored more than four runs for the first time since April 12 at Kansas City. The Blue Jays have scored more than three runs just seven times in their first 18 games.

"They have guys up and down that lineup that can hurt you," said New York outfielder Vernon Wells, who spent 12 years with Toronto. "They don't have to piece together single after single, they have guys who can leave the ballpark in a hurry."

Brett Cecil (1-0) worked 1 1-3 innings for the win as the Blue Jays capped a seven-game homestand on a winning note.

Esmil Rogers worked 1 1-3 innings and Darren Oliver pitched the ninth for Toronto.

Chris Stewart hit a solo homer for the Yankees, who had won nine of their previous 11.

Toronto opened the scoring in the first. Munenori Kawasaki reached on an infield single, went to third on Cabrera's base hit and scored on a throwing error by Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees failed to turn a double play.

Colby Rasmus hit a leadoff double in the second and later scored on Kawasaki's sacrifice fly, but the Yankees cut the gap in half on Stewart's leadoff homer in the third, his first.

A superb defensive play by Vernon Wells kept Toronto from adding to its lead in the fourth. Jose Bautista singled to open the inning and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a drive to deep left. But the former Blue Jays outfielder made a leaping catch at the top of the wall and Bautista, who had already made the turn at second, was doubled off first on a relay throw from Robinson Cano.

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