Toronto Blue Jays 5, New York Yankees 4
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a go-ahead, two-run triple during the seventh innings as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Yankees, 5-4, on Saturday evening. Thus handing New York their second straight loss following a season-high nine-match winning streak.
“That was a big hit from Vlad today,” said manager Charlie Montoyo, whose Blue Jays have won nine of their past 13 matches. “The last two days have been awesome for this team, for the young kids, playing the best team in baseball and fighting back.”
Guerrero Jr. leads all MLB rookies with 26 RBI’s since the end of the All-Star break.
Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez returned from the treatment table to hit a solo home run for the Yankees, while Gio Urshela added a further two-run drive.
However, the Jays trailed, 4-3, during the seventh when Bo Bichette drew a one-out walk from Adam Ottavino. Cavan Biggio singled and Guerrero Jr. hit an 0-2 grounder down the first baseline and into foul territory. Then, right fielder Aaron Judge initially mishandled the ball against a side wall, and Guerrero slid in safely for the first triple of his career.
“I think it was a good pitch,” Sanchez said through a translator. “A defensive swing by him and he was able to put the ball in play. It stayed inside the line and went down the line. Part of the game. Sometimes those things are going to happen where the ball is not hit solid, but still finds a hole.”
Meanwhile, Teoscar Hernandez also hit a three-run homer for the Toronto. The Jays have now gone deep in 15 consecutive games. It is the Blue Jays longest such streak since a 19-game run in 2010.
Also, Toronto batters have hit 99 home runs since June 16. Only the Yankees with 100 have hit more in that span.
New York have hit multiple home runs in nine straight games. This extended their season-best streak. However, the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 61 games with multiple home runs.
Jason Adam worked one inning for his first major league win, while Derek Law got four outs for his third save in three chanes. Five Blue Jays pitchers combined to hold the Yankees to just five hits.
“Credit to them, they mixed and matched and held us down enough today,” manager Aaron Boone said.
The Blue Jays got their first hit, and its first runs, during the fourth. Hernandez, who had previously homered twice Friday, greeted righty Chance Adam with a three-run drive into the second deck.
Meanwhile, Urshela tied it at 3 apiece with a homer into the centre-field party deck during the sixth inning. This was his 17th.
Urshela had back-to-back, two-homer games against Baltimore and the Jays on Wednesday and Thursday. Of his past 29 hits, 20 have been for extra bases.
The loss for New York also marked the first time in 12 that they have lost when using an opener. Chad Green pitched a scoreless inning. Six New York pitchers combined to walk eight and strike out 14.