At times on Sunday, Yankees starter Phil Hughes dominated. He struck out nine, a season-high sum that matched his season high in 2012, too (he never struck out more than six in a game in 2011). He generated 11 whiffs with his fastball, an encouraging 13.25 percent rate.

At times on Sunday, Hughes (0-2, 4.67 ERA) displayed the flaws that have kept him from emerging as a front-line starter. He was inefficient with two outs in his final four innings. Annoyed by an unlucky sequence in the fourth, he kicked himself for mistakes in the sixth.

“I have to tell myself to let it go,” Hughes said after the team’s 3-2 win over Toronto “That was probably the only thing I was unhappy with today, was just letting my emotions get the best of me.”

The Blue Jays marshaled a two-out rally in the fourth. Edwin Encarnacion opened with a swinging bunt that rolled fair along the third-base line. Melky Cabrera flicked a softly-struck single into left. Adam Lind plated Encarnacion with a well-placed grounder toward the area Robinson Cano normally covers at second base. With Cano shifted toward first, the ball rolled into the outfield and the game was tied.