Yan­kees rally late, but Jays hang on for win

Times Colonist - - Sports - TORONTO 8 NY YAN­KEES 7

NEW YORK — CC Sa­bathia got clocked early and the New York Yan­kees, de­spite hit­ting four home runs dur­ing a fu­ri­ous rally, kept wob­bling to­ward a play­off spot Satur­day with an 8-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Didi Gre­go­rius hit a solo homer with the Yan­kees down 5-0 in the sixth in­ning. It was 8-1 in the sev­enth be­fore Gre­go­rius and Gian­carlo Stan­ton home­red and Miguel An­du­jar launched a grand slam.

New York be­gan the day with a 11⁄2-game lead over Oak­land for the top AL wild-card slot. The Yan­kees are just 6-7 this month.

Ran­dal Grichuk hit two homers and dou­bled, and Kevin Pil­lar also con­nected as Toronto ended a four-game los­ing streak. The Blue Jays ex­hausted their bullpen, us­ing seven pitch­ers to hold on.

Sean Reid-Fo­ley (2-3) struck out 10, giv­ing up sin­gles in five shutout in­nings. He got even for get­ting hit hard at Yan­kee Sta­dium last month, when Stan­ton home­red off him.

In the fifth, the 23-year-old rookie threw a high-and-tight, tail­ing fast­ball that tied up Stan­ton. The slug­ger started to swing and went around as he spun out of the way, wind­ing up face-first in the bat­ter’s box, fac­ing the back­stop.

A frus­trated Stan­ton slammed his right fist into the dirt — an­other pun­chout for Reid-Fo­ley.

Ken Giles earned his 21st save, nine since be­ing traded from Hous­ton to Toronto. He struck out Gary Sanchez with a run­ner on sec­ond to fin­ish the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. On May 1, with the Astros, Giles al­lowed a tiebreak­ing, three-run homer to Sanchez and punched him­self af­ter he was re­moved from the game.

Stan­ton hit his 34th homer in the sev­enth. A bat­ter later, Gre­go­rius hit his 26th to break his own Yan­kees season record for home runs by a short­stop. An­du­jar’s sec­ond slam of his rookie season came against Tyler Clip­pard and made it a one-run game.

Grichuk hit a lead­off homer in the sec­ond. He hit his 23rd home run in the third and Kevin Pil­lar fol­lowed with a homer that fin­ished Sa­bathia (7-7).

Sa­bathia walked off to boos down 5-0 af­ter 21⁄3 in­nings, match­ing his short­est out­ing since 2015. The 38-year-old lefty has won only one of his last 11 starts.

Toronto man­ager John Gib­bons was ejected for the sec­ond time in a month at Yan­kee Sta­dium. Af­ter catcher Luke Maile — who wasn’t in the game — be­gan hol­ler­ing from the dugout at plate um­pire Roberto Or­tiz and got tossed, Gib­bons came out to take up the ar­gu­ment and also got ejected.

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