Yanks use long ball to take down Jays
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.