Colon returns as starter, pitches Yankees to win

TORONTO Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:48am EDT

New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto April 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto April 20, 2011.

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Bartolo Colon made his first start in nearly two years to help the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Colon, who had not started since July 2009 and missed all of last season, enjoyed a solid outing while surrendering two runs in 6 2/3 innings and striking out seven.

"We've seen him do it since day one of spring training," Yankees Manager Joe Girardi told reporters. "He was a power arm, but he really knew how to locate and that's what he's doing."

A former Cy Young Award winner, Colon has suffered various injuries in the past few seasons. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Yankees in the off-season and had been pitching as a reliever until the recent injury to starter Phil Hughes.

Alex Rodriguez rejoined the lineup after missing two games with a sore left side and drew two walks and recorded a sacrifice-fly RBI, and the Yankees (10-6) scored early to take a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Curtis Granderson hit an RBI triple in the second and added a solo home run in the ninth after the Yankees had added two runs in the fifth.

New York's Mark Teixeira finished 3-for-5.

J.P. Arencibia blasted a home run in the second for the Blue Jays (8-10), who added a run in the seventh.

After blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to lose 6-5 to Toronto on Tuesday, New York rebounded with a strong bullpen performance capped by Rafael Soriano getting the final two outs of the game to pick up the save.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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