''It gives you a lot of confidence,'' he said. ''To come out with an early lead enables you to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters.''

New York broke through against Redmond in the fourth, when Rodriguez hit an RBI single. One out later, Reynolds hit an RBI double, but Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first.

Rodriguez finished 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

NOTES: The Yankees struck out 13 times, one shy of their season high for a nine-inning game. ... Girardi said Hughes remains on track to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Hughes has not won since July 2 at Minnesota. ... Toronto RHP Steve Delabar (shoulder) threw one perfect inning for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays on Wednesday, his first rehab appearance