NEW YORK – Pinch-hitter Marcus Thames had a game-ending single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the New York Yankees a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays despite having three runners thrown out at home plate Sunday.
Robinson Cano walked and was sacrificed to second before Brett Gardner also walked. Thames, activated off the DL earlier in the day, received a postgame curtain call from what remained of the Independence Day crowd of 46,810.
The Yankees appeared to have a come-from-behind win all gift-wrapped for owner George Steinbrenner’s 80th birthday, but Mariano Rivera blew a save for the second time this season.
DeWayne Wise hit a tying single off Rivera in the ninth and flubbed a catch to let the Yankees tie it on Gardner’s inside-the-park homer. Wise hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth.
David Robertson (1-3) struck out Jose Molina to end the top of the 10th with a runner on third.
David Purcey (0-2) gave up the winning hit.
In Boston, Brian Matusz pitched shutout ball for seven innings and the Baltimore Orioles picked up just their third win in 20 games at Fenway Park with a 6-1 victory over the Red Sox.
Kevin Youkilis homered for the Red Sox, who lost for only the fifth time in 17 games.
Matusz (3-9) held the Red Sox to two hits – in the third and fourth innings – walked three and stuck out seven in earning his first win since April 18. He had lost his last nine decisions.