Toronto Blue Jays 8, New York Yankees 2
Teoscar Hernandez hit two home runs, while Sean Reid-Foley was solid through five innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 8-2 on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, Danny Jansen and Randal Grichuk also hit home runs for the Blue Jays. The win evened the four-game series at one apiece.
Also, Reid-Foley collected the win after allowing just one run over five hits. He struck out five batters.
New York had their season-high winning streak snapped after nine games.
Former Toronto man J.A. Happ struggled with his control on the mound for the Yankees. Happ allowed six runs over four hits. He also walked three batters and allowed three home runs.
It was Grichuk that opened the scoring during the first inning. He sent a 1-1 fastball from Happ over the left-field wall for a two-run homer. This gave the Jays a 2-0 lead.
Toronto added to their lead during the second inning. Hernandez hit his first homer of the game. This was a full-count solo shot for a 3-0 lead.
During the third, New York outfielder Brett Gardner was ejected from the game after arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. The contentious issue came during Cameron Maybin’s time at-bat. Once he was kicked out, Gardner had to be restrained by New York manager Aaron Boone as he made his way to umpire Chris Segal. However, Mike Tauchman then hit a solo homer to cut the Blue Jays lead to 3-1.
At the bottom half of the third inning, the Blue Jays kept their innings alive when Brandon Drury was nearly out while trying to go to the third base after a wild pitch.
The mistake could have proved crucial and would have ended the threat. However, the Blue Jays challenged the umpire’s ruling that Drury was out. The decision was overturned and the inning continued. It was Jansen that was the major benefactor, as he hit a three-run homer over the centre-field wall to give the Blue Jays a 6-1 lead.
During the fifth innings, New York loaded the bases with two out. Then Didi Gregorius hit a hard liner up the middle. But Bo Bichette made a sprawling catch to end the innings and save what would have been at least two runs for the Yankees.
In the seventh innings, Mike Ford hit a solo homer off Blue Jays Tim Mayza. This cut the Jays lead to 6-2. In the following innings, the Blue Jays extended their lead to 8-2.