After fighting their way to within a game of.500 following the 2-9 start to the season, the Jays hoped to hit that mark and pull within 4.5 games of the division leaders. This would prove to be the difference in the ballgame as the Jays went on to win 3-2.
Thanks to a pair of timely homers, the Toronto Blue Jays didn't need a hit with runners in scoring position to beat the New York Yankees. "They (made us) bend, but we didn't break". "I got him to ground out (Saturday) on a good one, located".
BALTIMORE - Seth Smith and Manny Machado each hit solo home runs in the first inning, and starter Alec Asher threw 6 1/3 solid innings as Baltimore defeated Boston.
The Yankees got some help from poor outfield defense for the third straight game. He struck out five without a walk and left to a standing ovation in the seventh. "He's in one of those zones right now where you could say that when he's getting those pitches to hit, he's very rarely missing them".
Smoak added to the lead in the third, scoring Jose Bautista from third on a sac fly.
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DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs on his way to becoming just the 39th player in major league history to amass 1,000 extra-base hits while Mikie Mahtook, J.D. Martinez and John Hicks hit home runs to power Detroit over Chicago. He also hit two homers in the Blue Jays' 7-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday night.
Kendrys Morales singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and Smoak hit his team-leading 14th homer, a drive into the center-field party deck that ended Toronto's 15-inning scoreless streak. And he didn't get that strikeout until the fifth inning, against the 27th and final batter he faced (Maile). The New York Yankees' starter, Luis Severino, was equally as good, as he went seven innings and gave up two runs as well. The star of the game for Toronto was Donaldson. Donaldson took Jonathan Holder deep and it wasn't even a bad pitch.
Joe Smith (2-0) struck out two in a flawless eighth, and Roberto Osuna struck out Aaron Judge, Holliday and Starlin Castro on 11 pitches for his 13th save in 16 chances.
In an obvious fastball count, Biagini then brought out his curveball, a 78-m.p.h. rainbow he dropped right on that low outside corner he'd been aiming at, for a called first strike. The next batter, Tulowitzki, slashed a double to right and then he scored on a sacrifice fly to centre by Travis.
After having pitched a quick top of the first inning, it was nearly immediate that the home bats came to life as Josh Donaldson got the party started with a solo home run to left field off opposing pitcher Michael Pineda to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 advantage, This would not be all as Justin Smoak stepped up just moments following a walk of veteran Kendrys Morales and gave the 1-0 offering to right field, driving in two more for Toronto, putting a three up on the board before Troy Tuolowitzki grounded out to close out the first.
But the Bringer of Rain seemed to rain on his own parade. "I didn't locate it today".
"I thought it just wasn't his night and that's rare", Gibbons said. "Today, I didn't have my best stuff".