Tom Murphy, making his first start since 1973, held New York to one run and six hits in six innings, enabling the Toronto Blue Jays to split a doublheader with the Yankees with a 6-4 second-game victory.
The Yankees won the opener 4-3 as Reggie Jackson socked a two-run homer and Mickey Rivers drove in the decisive run with a fourth-inning single. Dick Tidrow (10-4) was the winner while Sparky Lyle notched his 12d save. The split cut the Yankees' American League East Division lead over Boston the 1 1/2 games.
In the nightcap, Murphy who last started with St. Louis in 1973, allowed only a first-inning run on a triple by Graig Nettles and a single by Jackson.
Toronot scored twice in the fourth against New York starter Don Gullet (11-4) on a double by Otto Velez, a single by Gary Woods and three walks.
In the opener, the Yankees scored their decisive run in the fourth when loser Jeff Byrd issued two walks shortstop Tim Nordbrook booted a potential double-play ground ball and Rivers slashed a single to left. Jackson stroked his 25th homer after Nettles led off the third inning with a walk from Toronto starter Jeff Byrd, now 2-10.