The Day

Bichette powers Jays past Yankees

- By MARK DIDTLER

Blue Jays 5 Yankees 4

— Bo Bichette matched slugger Aaron Judge in the power department and got to take the final trot.

Bichette homered twice, including a game-ending drive leading off the ninth inning that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-4 on Wednesday. “I think I am just starting to heat up," Bichette said. “I think I was grinding for a while. That's part of baseball, you fight until you start feeling good. It's good feeling now.”

Bichette drove a pitch from Chad Green (0-2) the opposite way to right-center field as Toronto took two of three.

Bichette tied his career high with an 11-game hitting streak. He had three hits and also stole a base.

Alejandro Kirk also homered for the Blue Jays. Rafael Dolis (1-0) worked the ninth to get the win.

Judge hit two home runs for the Yankees, who went 2-4 on a road trip. New York also lost two of three at Tampa Bay.

“It's the little things,” Judge said. “I looked back, it's either baserunnin­g mistakes, mistakes in the outfield, not coming up with just a clutch hit. There's a bunch of things. For me personally, a couple thing I need to work on to help put this team in a better position to come out with better outcomes.”

The Yankees scored 23 runs over the six games away from home.

“Inconsiste­nt,” Judge said. “That's the word I keep coming back to. Not consistent­ly having quality at-bats, put the ball in play when we need to, situationa­l hitting.”

Toronto went 3-3 with one rainout in its first regular-season homestand at TD Ballpark, its spring training home.

The Blue Jays are playing their first three homestands through May in Florida because of COVID-19 restrictio­ns in Canada. The team used its Triple-A stadium in Buffalo, New York, as a home base last year and could return there later this season.

Judge drove in the Yankees' first run during the first inning this season on a solo homer off T.J. Zeuch.

Judge's second homer and a two-run single by Gio Urshela gave New York a 4-3 advantage in the fourth.

Kirk hit a two-run shot in the second and Bichette connected on a third-inning solo drive off Corey Kluber that put the Blue Jays up 3-1.

Kirk had been hitless in 13 at-bats this season. Toronto had Cavan Biggio tagged out to end the fifth when he overran third base on a triple. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with no outs the next inning but scored just once on a wild pitch.

Kluber allowed three runs and six hits in four innings.

Up next

Yankees: New York has not announced its starting pitcher, but options include RHPs Michael King and Deivi García for Friday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Blue Jays: Toronto could start RHP Tanner Roark (0-1) or use a bullpen day against Kansas City' RHP Jakob Junis (0-0) on Thursday night.

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