Toronto Blue Jays fall to 4-3 defeat
DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back homers to begin the bottom of the first inning, as New York Yankees held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Tuesday evening.
“I was just trying to do what he did. He’s been our MVP,” Judge said. “DJ stole the show. We’re happy for him. No better person I want breaking that record.”
Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion and Gleyber Torres each poked a solo shot over the short right field porch for the Yankees, who shook off another injury to Giancarlo Stanton and won for the 10th time in 11 games. The AL East leaders are 8-1 on a 10-game homestand that concludes on Wednesday.
Also, Aroldis Chapman allowed a run during the ninth inning, before retiring Freddy Galvis on an easy grounder with two aboard for his 23rd save in 25 attempts.
“It certainly wasn’t perfect tonight, but the long ball obviously played a huge role,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Stanton exited during the fourth with a bruised right knee; he was scheduled for an MRI after the game. He got tangled up with Blue Jays pitcher Clayton Richard during the first inning, while getting thrown out on a headfirst slide into third base.
The 2017 NL MVP only returned last Tuesday from injuries to his biceps, calf and shoulder, which had sidelined him since March 31st.
Regardless, New York wasted no time rewriting the record book on this night.
LeMahieu hit his fourth career leadoff shot into the second deck down the left field line. This broke a mark New York shared for one day with the 2002 Texas Rangers. The latter having homered in 27 consecutive games.
“We’ve got something special,” Judge said.
Meanwhile, the Yankees quickly added another one. When Judge followed LeMahieu with an opposite-field drive into the right-field stands. This was the first home run since April 20 for Judge. He had returned on Friday from an oblique injury that sidelined him for two months.
Furthermore, it was the second time this season and 11th in franchise history that New York had started a game with consecutive home runs.
Bronx Bombers, indeed.
However, rookie left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. struck out five over 4 1/3 solid innings in relief of opener Chad Green. They had combined to retire the first 12 Blue Jays batters. Before Cavan Biggio doubled leading off the fifth inning.
Danny Jansen’s double during the sixth set up Eric Sogard’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. that chased Cortes and cut the deficit to 3-2. Meanwhile, Tommy Kahnle escaped trouble with two strikeouts and Stephen Tarpley, recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, tossed a perfect seventh.
Zack Britton worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Chapman got three outs. Randal Grichuk’s run-scoring single with two down trimmed it to 4-3 for the young Toronto side.
“A lot of progress. We’re playing good baseball,” rookie manager Charlie Montoyo said.
Torres went deep in the second and Encarnacion hit his AL-high 24th homer — third with the Yankees — off reliever Tim Mayza in the eighth.