Grichuk’s glove, bat help Jays beat Yan­kees

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Toronto cen­ter fielder Ran­dal Grichuk made a div­ing catch with the bases loaded and hit a two-run sin­gle as the vis­it­ing Blue Jays held off the New York Yan­kees 2-1 on Satur­day.

The AL East-lead­ing Yan­kees, who have not been shut out in more than a year, scored with two outs in the ninth in­ning on Aaron Judge’s fourth hit of the game, a sin­gle off third base­man Bran­don Drury’s glove. With run­ners at the cor­ners, Luke Voit looked at strike three from Daniel Hud­son to end it.

Voit went 0 for 3 with two walks after be­ing ac­ti­vated from the in­jured list. The 28-yearold first base­man suf­fered an ab­dom­i­nal strain after go­ing 4-for-4 in five in­nings against Bos­ton on June 29 in Lon­don and missed seven games.

The Yan­kees have scored in 172 straight games since June 30, 2018, the fifth-long­est streak in the majors since 1900. The mod­ern record is 308 by the 193133 Yan­kees.

No­table

Na­tion­als: RHP Max Scherzer (mid-back strain) is on the 10-day in­jury list, retroac­tive to July 10. Scherzer (9-5) was 7-0 with an 0.84 ERA in his last nine starts be­fore the All-Star break. C Spencer Kieboom was re­called from Dou­ble-A Har­ris­burg to take his ros­ter spot. Mets: For­mer three-time All-Star OF Matt Kemp was re­leased. Kemp, 34, signed a mi­nor-league con­tract May 24 and hit .235 with one home run and three RBIs in eight games at Triple-A Syra­cuse. He ap­peared in 20 games for Cincin­nati this sea­son, hit­ting .200 with one homer and five RBIs be­fore break­ing a rib April 21 after col­lid­ing into the out­field wall. Kemp was an All-Star last sea­son with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Pi­rates: C Fran­cisco Cervelli de­nied re­ports from web­site DK Pitts­burgh Sports that he was done catch­ing. “Say­ing that I quit from my catcher re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is in­ac­cu­rate,” he wrote on his In­sta­gram ac­count. “My hope is to catch again.” Cervelli, 33, has been side­lined since May 25 with a con­cus­sion, which is be­lieved to be at least the sixth of his 12-year MLB ca­reer. Trade: Bos­ton up­graded its start­ing ro­ta­tion by ob­tain­ing RHP An­drew Cash­ner and cash from Bal­ti­more for 17-year-old prospects Ne­ol­berth Romero and Elio Prado. Cash­ner, 32, went 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the worst team in baseball. He has a 1.41 ERA since the be­gin­ning of June.

High­lights

Ath­let­ics 13, White Sox 2: Franklin Bar­reto hit a three-run home run to cap a seven-run first in­ning, and host Oak­land beat Chicago. Matt Chap­man had three hits and scored twice for the A’s, who have won nine of 11.

Ori­oles 2, Rays 1: Ste­vie Wilk­er­son hit a two-run homer in the sev­enth in­ning to back a sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive per­for­mance by Bal­ti­more’s pitch­ing staff, and the host Ori­oles beat Tampa Bay to open a split dou­ble­header.

Cubs 10, Pi­rates 4: Jon Lester home­red, tied a ca­reer high with three RBIs and pitched ef­fec­tively into the sev­enth in­ning to lead Chicago past Pitts­burgh.

FRANK FRANKLIN II AP

Toronto’s Ca­van Big­gio steals sec­ond base in front of the Yan­kees’ Gley­ber Tor­res dur­ing the sixth in­ning Satur­day in New York. The Blue Jays won 2-1.

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