Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pettitte, Ichiro Spark Bombers' Sweep

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pettitte, Ichiro Spark Bombers' Sweep

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NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte had done his part impeccably Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium, providing five scoreless innings in his first start in 12 weeks and allowing the Yankees to see October a little clearer.

After a 4-2 victory against the Blue Jays in the opener, Ichiro Suzuki's seventh hit of the day-night doubleheader delivered the go- ahead run in a 2-1 nightcap win - assuring that the Yankees would remain atop the AL East over Baltimore.

Also in the nightcap, Derek Jeter's first-inning single was his 200th hit of the season, matching Lou Gehrig's club record for most 200-hit seasons as a Yankee (eight). It also extended the captain's hitting streak to 13 straight games.

Where Alex Rodriguez failed in Wednesday's nightcap, Suzuki delivered.

With two out in the eighth, Suzuki's Fourth hit of the game -- this one off lefty reliever Aaron Loup -- plated Curtis Granderson from third base.

A-Rod (0-for-4, 3 Ks) stranded three runners in scoring position with less than two out, starting with an inning-ending double play grounder in the first.

After serving four games as a designated hitter due to a sore left ankle, Jeter returned to shortstop Wednesday night and delivered the milestone single on lefty Ricky Romero's first pitch.

In six innings, Romero yielded seven hits and five walks but just one run, on Chris Stewart's two-out, game-tying, ground-rule double in the second. Earlier in the inning, Jayson Nix was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on Suzuki's single.

Rookie David Phelps got a standing ovation as he exited in the seventh, having yielded just one run. Boone Logan (7-2) got out of his bases-loaded jam and Rafael Soriano - who had saved the opener - closed out the nightcap, his 42nd save of the season.

Entrusted with a three-run lead in the opener, David Robertson handed back two runs before Soriano rescued him with a four-out save - one made possible by left field Suzuki's tricky catch to end the eighth. …

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