Yanks use long ball to take down Jays

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - NEIL DAVIDSON

TORONTO — Todd Fra­zier home­red and drove in three runs and the New York Yan­kees added five late in­sur­ance runs for an 11-5 Amer­i­can League 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 (0-2) 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 (53-60) 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’s two-run sin­gle off Cole, the Jays’ sixth pitcher of the night. The 27year-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 past six and nine of their past 15.


Blue Jays cen­tre-fielder Kevin Pil­lar gets tagged out at home plate by New York Yan­kees start­ing pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, left, in the sec­ond in­ning in Toronto on Wed­nes­day night. The Yan­kees won the con­test, 11-5.

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