Bartolo Colon stepped out on a Major League mound in the 1st inning tonight for the first time since July 24, 2009 and though he looks like he's more suited for Sumo, the guy still knows how to pitch. He gave the Yankees a solid six innings and the Yankees gave him the run support he needed in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The win gave the Yankees a split of the two game series and got some revenge against the guy with the ugly glasses.
That would be left-hander Brett Cecil, who last season topped the Yankees four times in five starts. But the sixth time is apparently the charm. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the 1st inning on a pair of walks and a Mark Teixeira double. Robinson Cano's RBI ground out put the Bombers up 1-0. An inning later, Curtis Granderson tripled home Russell Martin and came home himself on a Derek Jeter ground out. Granderson would later add an insurance run with a solo home run.
Colon meanwhile got out of a 2-on, 2-out jam in the 1st, but gave up a solo home run to rookie J.P. Arencibia to start the 2nd to cut the Yankees lead to 3-1. The veteran right-hander then faced the minimum amount of batters over the next four innings, allowing just a single which was erased in a double play. He ran out of gas in the 7th though, which led to an RBI single by Jayson Nix off of David Robertson; John McDonald struck out to keep the lead at 5-2.
The Blue Jays threatened again in the 9th, putting two aboard, but Rafael Soriano came on for his first Yankees' save. After walking Nix, Soriano retired McDonald and Yunel Escobar to preserve the win, the first for Colon since May 26, 2009.
Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup tonight after sitting out with a strained oblique. He was 0-2 with an RBI, two walks, and a caught stealing.