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Yankees score early, hold off Jays

Toronto, ON ( - Brett Gardner walked to ignite a three-run first for New York and capped a three-run fourth with a two-run homer, leading the Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

CC Sabathia (1-1) rebounded from a difficult first start of the season for the Yankees and picked up the win over six innings. He pitched well for a stretch, but still gave up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts, five days after yielding six runs over the first two innings of the season opener against Houston.

Gardner hit New York's first home run of the year. The five-game homerless stretch to start a season was the longest for the Yankees since the 1990 team went the first seven games without a long ball.

Kelly Johnson doubled home two runs and Yangervis Solarte added an RBI double for the Yankees, who went 3-3 on a season-opening six-game road trip. New York will open its home schedule on Monday against Baltimore.

Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 in the victory and surpassed Paul Molitor for eighth place on the all-time hits list with 3,320.

Former Yankee Melky Cabrera led off the home first with a homer, his third of the series, and Erik Kratz knocked in a pair of runs for Toronto. Cabrera had a chance to win it for the Blue Jays with two on and two outs in the ninth, but lined out to right field to give David Robertson his second save of the year.

Drew Hutchison (1-1) took the loss after winning his first start on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. He threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rays, but on Sunday was tagged for six runs on six hits and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings.

04/06 16:14:57 ET