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Yankees come back in sixth inning, beat Blue Jays 16-5

Yankees come back in sixth inning, beat Blue Jays 16-5
Yankees come back in sixth inning, beat Blue Jays 16-5

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays saw the positive vibes of their short two-game winning streak nullified by the New York Yankees’ powerful hitting on Friday.

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays had the good vibrations of their mini two-game winning streak wiped out by the pounding bats of the New York Yankees on Friday.

The Yankees scored six runs in the sixth inning and added seven more in the ninth inning. This led to a humiliating 16-5 loss for the Blue Jays, in front of 34,791 spectators at the Rogers Centre.

After a seven-game losing streak ended Tuesday, the Blue Jays (37-44) limp to the halfway point. Meanwhile, the slumping Yankees (53-21) ended a four-game season winning streak.

Adding to the insult to the huge defeat was that George Springer left the game with a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.

Blue Jays manager John Schneider was hopeful that the red-hot Springer could return Saturday. Springer has 10 RBIs in his last three games.

Schneider took a little longer than usual for his post-game press conference, but when he came out 19 minutes after the last pitch, he kept a brave face during his version of the proceedings.

“There were probably some spots we could have added runs, played a little cleaner,” Schneider said. “I hate to waste an outing like that.”

Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi (4-8) set up the first 10 Yankees. But the Bronx Bombers got him in the sixth inning with the Blue Jays leading 3-1.

Juan Soto hit a deep, three-run homer to right field, knocking Kikuchi out of the game. He gave up four runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in his five-plus innings.

Nate Pearson was relieved three batters later by a two-run homer from Gleybar Torres. The Yankees left the inning with a four-run lead and never looked back.

Reliever Tim Mayza had a difficult outing. He yielded five runs in a seven-run New York ninth.

In the fourth inning, Toronto second baseman Spencer Horwitz botched a run-down on Aaron Judge and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s throw. to the first base side of home plate failed to undercut Soto with the same play for the Yankees’ first run.

Then Guerrero was nailed home when a pitch went past Yankees catcher Jose Trevino. But he recovered in time to beat the Blue Jays slugger to the plate.

“(Guerrero’s) trying to be aggressive and make something happen,” Schneider said. “We’ve beaten ourselves in some areas where we’re trying to do a little too much.”

Former Toronto starter Marcus Stroman was outstanding in four innings, surrendering a run in the first inning when Springer drove in Bo Bichette.

The Blue Jays then got to Stroman in the fifth inning for two runs to end his night. With the bases loaded, Guerrero hit a slow roller to second base, preventing the Yankees from turning a double play.

Stroman was visibly angry with his infielders.

“It was frustrating,” Stroman said. “I felt like I made a good pitch. That was a big spot. I wanted to turn it around there and we didn’t.”

Stroman lasted 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Guerrero Jr. hit a solo home run in the seventh inning off reliever Luke Weaver for his fifth home run in seven games.

Yankees reliever Michael Tonkin (3-3) recorded the victory.

HIT TIGHT

Kiner-Falefa extended his hit streak to 12 games with his leadoff single up center in the fifth inning. He added his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning. It is the longest hitting streak by a Blue Jay in 2024.

ON DECK

Chris Bassitt (6-6) starts for the Blue Jays in the third game of the four-game series on Saturday. The Yankees counter with left-hander Nestor Cortes (4-6).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 28, 2024.

Tim Wharnsby, The Canadian Press