Blue Jays put brakes on skid

Sa­bathia stum­bles in his re­turn from DL

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

CC Sa­bathia was chased dur­ing a four-run third in­ning in his re­turn from the dis­abled list, with Kendrys Mo­rales hit­ting a two-run sin­gle that helped the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yan­kees 4-1 Tues­day and stop a five-game los­ing streak.

Aaron Judge dented a metal case­ment above a door be­hind the left­cen­tre field wall with his ma­jor league-lead­ing 28th home run, a drive that would have trav­elled 456 feet had it landed unim­peded, ac­cord­ing to MLB’s Stat­cast. The liner rose only 59 feet above the field and was the fourth-hard­est-hit homer of the sea­son at 118.4 mph. Judge has the hard­est at 121.1 mph and all of the top four.

That was the only run off J.A. Happ (3-5), who al­lowed four hits in six in­nings. A 20-game win­ner last year, Happ has won three of his last four de­ci­sions af­ter los­ing his first four.

Roberto Osuna pitched a per­fect ninth to con­vert his 19th con­sec­u­tive save chance and 20th over­all this sea­son, com­plet­ing a four-hit­ter and the Blue Jays’ third win in 12 games.

New York has lost 15 of 21 af­ter a 38-23 start, a slide that be­gan the night Sa­bathia got hurt.

The Yan­kees are 0-5-1 in their last six se­ries head­ing into Wed­nes­day’s rub­ber game against the Blue Jays.

Judge, who needs one home run to tie Joe DiMag­gio’s Yan­kees rookie record, set in 1939, struck out in his other three at-bats, strand­ing a pair of

run­ners in the fifth.

New York had been 10-3 in starts by Sa­bathia, who was 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in six out­ings be­fore strain­ing his left ham­string on June 13.

He lacked con­trol in his re­turn, throw­ing just 35 of 63 pitches for strikes, and al­lowed four runs, three hits and three walks in 2 2/3 in­nings.

AP PHOTO

Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Don­ald­son, left, scores as New York Yan­kees catcher Gary Sanchez can’t make the tag dur­ing the third in­ning of a Ma­jor League Base­ball game in New York on Tues­day.

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