Yan­kees pound Blue Jays

New York uses long ball to go up early, then pad lead in 11-5 win over Blue Jays

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY NEIL DAVIDSON

Todd Fra­zier home­red and drove in three runs and the New York Yan­kees added five late in­sur­ance runs for an 11-5 vic­tory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wed­nes­day night.

The Yan­kees (60-52) reeled off two runs in the eighth in­ning and three in the ninth with Jays re­liever Tay­lor Cole, in his ma­jor league de­but, suf­fer­ing the worst of it.

Led by Fra­zier, the bot­tom of the New York bat­ting or­der did most of the dam­age with hit­ters No. 6 through No. 9 driv­ing in nine runs on the night.

Fra­zier, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gre­go­rius all hit early solo home runs off Jays debu­tant Nick Tepesch be­fore 39,554 with the roof open at Rogers Cen­tre. The Yan­kees added three more in the fifth for a 6-2 lead.

But, for a while, Toronto (5360) kept chip­ping away de­spite be­ing out­hit 17-6.

Jose Bautista hit his 18th homer of the sea­son to open the fifth for Toronto. Then Ryan Goins’ RBI dou­ble and Josh Don­ald­son’s RBI sin­gle cut the Yan­kee lead to 6-5 in the sixth.

The Yan­kees padded the lead in the eighth via Ronald Tor­reyes’ two-RBI sin­gle off Cole, the Jays’ sixth pitcher of the night. The 27-year-old, whose fast­ball hit 95 m.p.h., gave up a dou­ble, sin­gle, walk and sin­gle af­ter in­her­it­ing a run­ner.

It could have been more but Tor­reyes was thrown out at home try­ing to score from sec­ond on a sin­gle. Cole ended the in­ning on a high note, strik­ing out gi­ant slug­ger Aaron Judge.

Cole loaded the bases on two sin­gles and a hit bats­men in the ninth and the hits kept com­ing, pro­duc­ing three more runs.

Re­liever Chad Green (2-0) got the win as the Yan­kees, who had lost six of their last nine, evened the three-game se­ries at 1-1.

The Jays came into the game hav­ing won four of their last six and nine of their last 15.

Red Sox 8, Rays 2

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. - Ed­uardo Nunez chased Jake Odorizzi when he lined a sin­gle off the pitcher’s foot, start­ing a five-run fifth in­ning for the Red Sox in an 8-2 vic­tory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wed­nes­day night that ex­tended Bos­ton’s win­ning streak to a sea­son-high eight.

Struck on the right foot, Odorizzi was face down on the mound, his face ex­tend­ing onto the in­field grass, for sev­eral sec­onds. He hob­bled off with one arm wrapped around Rays man­ager Kevin Cash, the other around as­sis­tant ath­letic trainer Paul Harker. Tampa Bay said Odorizzi sus­tained a bruise and X-rays were neg­a­tive.

Rick Por­cello (6-14) won con­sec­u­tive starts for the first time this year, al­low­ing two runs and four hits in six in­nings. Por­cello was 22-4 last year, when he won the AL Cy Young Award. Bos­ton is on its long­est win­ning streak since tak­ing 11 in a row last Septem­ber.

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