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The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Toronto’s Drew Hutchison in the first with just one hit, taking advantage of two walks and a hit batter. Ellsbury collected his first RBI with a groundout and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs with a double.

“It took the pressure off, kind of let everybody breathe a little bit,” Johnson said of the early outburst.

Gardner hit New York’s first home run of the season, ending a five-game drought, with a two-run shot off Hutchison in the fourth.

“I don’t think anybody bet on that,” Gardner joked. “Good to get the first one out of the way. I’ve got a feeling we’ll hit a couple in New York.”

Hutchison (1-1) pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but couldn’t duplicate that success against the Yankees. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, walked three and struck out six.

“He has been off a little bit,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “Even down in Tampa the other night, he pitched a nice ball game but he wasn’t locating like he normally does.”

Jeter had two hits, moving into sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s career list. Jeter’s single to right in the fourth was the 3,320th hit of his career, breaking a tie with Paul Molitor.

“It’s special,” Jeter said. “I grew up watching Paul, I played against him briefly and I have a lot of respect for him and his career.”

Next on the list is Carl Yastrzemski, with 3,419.

New York’s Alfonso Soriano got his first hit of the season and snapped a 0 for 17 slump with a leadoff single in the fifth.

NOTES: New York starting pitchers did not issue a walk in 19 innings against Toronto. … Yankees C Francisco Cervelli took grounders at first base before the game in case he’s needed to fill in for injured 1B Mark Teixeira (right hamstring). … New York OF Carlos Beltran got the day off. … Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan threw out the first pitch.