The Yankees (66-46) traveled to Toronto (53-59) to start a three game weekend series with the Blue Jays on Friday night and came out on top 10-4. Freddy Garcia pitched well in his six innings, but was pulled after only throwing 78 pitches for some reason. Garcia gave up two runs on five hits and struck out four. Blue Jays starter Rickey Romero went seven innings gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out two.

The Yankees got on the board first scoring two runs in the top of the second inning. After Robinson Cano and Andruw Jones reached safely, Jayson Nix reached safely on a throwing error from Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis scoring Cano. Jones would later come around to score on an Ichiro ground out.

The Blue Jays put one on the board in the bottom of the second thanks to a Kelly Johnson solo home run, his 13th of the season.  Johnson also doubled in the fourth inning driving in the Blue Jays second run.

In the eighth inning Mark Teixeira lifted a leadoff solo home run off of Toronto reliever Steve Delabar, it was Teixeira’s 22nd of the season. The Yankees would score two more in the eighth when Ichiro laced a two run single up the middle putting the Yankees on top 6-2.

In the ninth inning the Yankees batted around. The inning was highlighted by a Nick Swisher RBI double, and a Raul Ibanez RBI single both off of reliever David Carpenter. After Carpenter was pulled for Brad Lincoln, the first batter, Ichiro doubled scoring two more runs. Ichiro finished the game going 2-5 with 5 RBI.

The Yankees will play the Blue Jays again on Saturday afternoon. Ivan Nova (10-6 4.81) goes for the Yankees while Aaron Laffey (3-2 4.39) goes for the Blue Jays. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30, first pitch at 1:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.