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MLB: Toronto 4, N.Y. Yankees 1

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Jesse Litsch allowed five hits and a run over eight innings Monday in pacing the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees.

The decision pushed the Yankees to two full games behind the Boston Red Sox, who were off Monday, in the race for the American League East title. Both teams have six games to play.

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Litsch (7-9) was supported by a three-run Toronto second inning that handed the loss to New York starter Andy Pettitte (14-9). Pettitte allowed three earned runs, five hits and a walk over six innings in losing for just the second time in 10 decisions.

Aaron Hill's one-out single in the second started the Blue Jays' rally. After Gregg Zaun walked, Curtis Thigpen doubled in the game's first run. Hector Luna got an RBI on a ground out and John McDonald doubled to center to make the score 3-0.

The Blue Jays pushed their advantage to four runs in the next inning when Alex Rios doubled, went to third on a fly out and scored on a Derek Jeter error.

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New York's run came in the sixth when Jeter doubled, took third on a ground out and scored on Alex Rodriguez's grounder to the right of the mound.

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