Sabathia stum­bles in re­turn, as Happ hot in Jays’ 4-1 win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - RON­ALD BLUM

NEW YORK — 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, on Tues­day af­ter­noon and stop a five-game los­ing streak in a bat­tle be­tween AL East ri­vals.

Aaron Judge dented a metal case­ment above a door be­hind the left-cen­tre field wall with his ma­jor league-lead­ing 28th home run, a drive that would have trav­elled 456 feet had it landed unim­peded, ac­cord­ing to Ma­jor League Base­ball’s Stat­cast. The liner rose only 59 feet above the field and was the fourth-hard­est-hit homer of the sea­son at 118.4 m.p.h. Judge has the hard­est at 121.1 m.p.h. 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 20game win­ner last year, Happ has won three of his past 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 fourhit­ter and giv­ing the Jays just their third win in a dozen tries. 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.

Sabathia re­tired his first eight bat­ters be­fore walk­ing Dar­win Bar­ney, who took sec­ond on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Bautista’s sin­gle. Rus­sell Martin sin­gled, con­sec­u­tive walks to Josh Don­ald­son and Justin Smoak on full counts forced in a run, and Mo­rales’ sin­gle fin­ished Sabathia. Don­ald­son went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strike­outs, ex­tend­ing his slide to 1 for 26.

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