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Yankees hand Jays a humiliating 8-2 loss

Yankees hand Jays a humiliating 8-2 loss
The Toronto Blue Jays tried to not make too much of Tuesday's impressive win over the New York Yankees, and they'll surely want to similarly downplay the miserable loss that followed last night.

Canadian righty Scott Richmond didn't make it out of the second inning in the worst start of his short career, while the offence failed to make an inconsistent Andy Pettitte pay in an ugly and tedious 8-2 loss to the Bronx Bombers.

The brilliant atmosphere from the amped up crowd that took in Roy Halladay versus A.J. Burnett in the series opener was completely absent from this one. Only 20,164 were on hand and they were given little to cheer about in a game that painfully plodded along, as working fast and throwing strikes appeared to be foreign concepts to the pitchers on both teams.

Compounding matters, the Blue Jays (23-13) gave their fans precious little to cheer about after they took a 1-0 lead in the first when Aaron Hill scored on a Robinson Cano throwing error.

Richmond (4-2), looking to bounce back after giving up five runs in a complete game loss versus Oakland last week, was dreadful. He opened the game with a pair of strikeouts and fooled no one after that.

Melky Cabrera opened the second by skipping two sidesteps forward in the batter's box before ripping a double, and he came around to score when light-hitting Brett Gardner followed with a two-run shot to right.

Ramiro Pena, playing shortstop as Derek Jeter continues to nurse a sore right oblique, tripled and scored an out later on Johnny Damon's three-bagger. Another out later, Mark Teixeira's double brought home Damon for a 4-1 lead and the first baseman came around on Cano's RBI single.

That was all for the North Vancouver, B.C., native, who had never gone less than four innings in any of his previous 11 starts. He's now allowed 10 runs over his last 9 2-3 innings, after giving up only nine over his first 30 1-3 innings covering five starts.

Still, Pettitte (3-1) didn't exactly shut down the Blue Jays given his cushion, although he made key pitches when needed to keep them from turning the game into a slugfest, sealing a third win in five games for the Yankees (16-17).

Pettitte gave up five hits, including Rod Barajas' RBI single in the fourth, and walked four over his six innings but allowed just two runs, one earned. He stranded a pair of leadoff doubles and got Marco Scutaro on a liner to centre with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

The Yankees, meanwhile, continued to peck away at the Blue Jays bullpen, taking a 6-1 lead in the fourth on Teixeira's sacrifice fly off Brian Wolfe, and an 8-2 lead in the fifth on Gardner's run-scoring triple and Francisco Cervelli's RBI single off Bill Murphy.

Brandon League, Jason Frasor and Shawn Camp also pitched for Toronto, which hadn't gone to the bullpen since Sunday's 5-0 win at Oakland.

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Added: May 14, 2009

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