Dan Pasqua singled home Willie Randolph from second base with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night at New York to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 victory over Toronto, dropping the Blue Jays into second place in the American League East.
Pasqua's single to center made a winner of Dave Righetti (8-4), who entered in the ninth inning. Tom Henke (0-6), who lost a save opportunity when he gave up a run in the eighth, took the loss, which snapped a three-game Toronto winning streak. The game was delayed 85 minutes by rain in the sixth inning.
Randolph led off the ninth with a single and stole second. Two outs later, Pasqua blooped a single that landed in the wet grass in front of onrushing center fielder Lloyd Moseby to drop Toronto one-half game behind Detroit in the American League East.
The Yankees tied the score, 5-5, in the eighth. With one out, pinch hitter Phil Lombardi struck out but reached first on a passed ball. In the ensuing argument, Toronto Manager Jimy Williams was ejected. David Williams threw a wild pitch to move Lombardi to second, and Roberto Kelly ran for Lombardi.