The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - RON­ALD BLUM

NEW YORK — Pitcher Dellin Be­tances of the Yan­kees threw a full­count break­ing ball to Rus­sell Martin of Toronto that sailed well high and out­side, forc­ing in the go-ahead run Wed­nes­day for an even­tual Jays win.

The all-star re­liever swiped at the toss back from catcher Austin Romine as man­ager Joe Gi­rardi walked to the mound and fans booed on an­other long af­ter­noon for the Yan­kees in New York City. “The team is fight­ing. You can’t put the blame on those guys. I’ll take the blame,” Be­tances said af­ter Wed­nes­day’s 7-6 Amer­i­can League base­ball loss to Toronto.

Justin Smoak and Kendrys Mo­rales hit back-to-back home runs in the third in­ning off Michael Pineda, who also al­lowed Kevin Pil­lar’s lead­off homer in the fourth that put the Blue Jays ahead 5-0.

Aaron Judge started a come­back with his ma­jor league-lead­ing 29th homer, a two-run homer in the fourth.

The Yan­kees surged ahead 6-5 when Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Didi Gre­go­rius’s two-run dou­ble later in the in­ning chased Marco Estrada, who was pitch­ing on his 33rd birth­day.

Judge’s homer tied Joe DiMag­gio’s Yan­kees rookie record, set in 1936, and Choi’s came in his New York de­but.

The Jays Martin tied the score 6-6 with a sev­enth-in­ning homer against Chad Green, then walked to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

With a run­ner on first, Roberto Osuna struck out Judge for the fi­nal out.

“Our best against their best,” Toronto man­ager John Gib­bons said, “and our best won.”

Miguel Mon­tero, mak­ing his Blue Jays de­but, fouled off a pair of 3-2 pitches lead­ing off their eighth against Be­tances (3-4) be­fore tak­ing an in­side curve. Wor­ried about a bunt, Be­tances walked Kevin Pil­lar on four pitches, then put on No. 9 hit­ter Ryan Goins with four more. He started Jose Bautista with an­other ball — his 10th in a row — be­fore re­cov­er­ing to throw a called third strike past the slug­ger.

Be­tances fell be­hind Martin 2-0, evened the count, and missed with a pair of curves.

“In the short term I’m con­cerned about him. Long term I’m not,” Gi­rardi said.

Be­tances has walked 17 of his past 55 bat­ters, in­clud­ing 11 of his past 22. He’s rush­ing his lower body, caus­ing him to fly open, he says.

“I’m be­tween two dif­fer­ent de­liv­er­ies, and it’s not help­ing me when I’m out there,” he said.


Toronto Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins, right, flips af­ter avoid­ing Dellin Be­tances’s eighth-in­ning pitch.

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