Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees

Posted June 05, 2017

NY went 3-4 on its seven-game trip, failing to win consecutive games.

A Rockies 10, Padres 1: Nolan Arenado hit his 14th homer, Ian Desmond added a grand slam, and Colorado snapped host San Diego's season-high, five-game winning streak. "We're getting it from all spots in the lineup, which is really nice", Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters about his club, which has belted 25 in the last 15 games. He's so strong. He can miss-hit it and hit it out, especially playing in NY.

Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, scored twice and added a sacrifice fly for the Blue Jays (27-28), who bounced back from a 12-2 loss to NY a night earlier.

Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius hit the other two home runs before the Blue Jays finally pulled Grilli, who became the fourth relief pitcher in Major League Baseball history to allow four home runs in an outing of an inning or less. He declined to speak to reporters following the game.

In so many ways the heart and soul of this team, Donaldson connected for his sixth homer, fourth in the last five games, two of them in Friday's 7-5 win. Toronto is also 5-0 in Stroman's last five starts, and 2-5 in Stroman's last seven Sunday starts.

Montgomery (3-4) gave up three singles in six innings, striking out five and walking three for his first win since May 6 against the Cubs.

"We had three pitches today that we could work with and the changeup was really good", Sabathia said.

"I think the first couple of days you want to throw 100 feet, 120 feet, kind of test it out", said Sanchez.

Tyler Clippard pitched a flawless eighth and Dellin Betances pitched around a walk in the ninth for the Yankees.

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In the end Biagini allowed 3 runs (one earned) on 4 hits, all doubles.

"Sometimes they might try to be too careful with him", said Gibbons. But Travis hit into a double play. That set the stage for the torch job by Grilli, who became the first Toronto reliever in franchise history to allow four homers in an inning.

The Blue Jays tacked on two more runs against Pineda with a third inning sacrifice fly and fourth inning wild pitch.

Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin, and Mark Teixeira were the four Yankees who homered in the same inning against the Red Sox in 2012. They first did it in 1977 at Toronto against the expansion Blue Jays, with Cliff Johnson connecting twice and Lou Piniella and Thurman Munson once each. OF Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) is eligible to come off the seven-day concussion list but is not ready to return.

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None of this is to say the Blue Jays are better off with Maile behind the dish. Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4. The young closer boasts a 2.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 29/2 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings this season for the Jays. He's unbeaten since April 18 against Boston.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson connects on a solo home run against the New York Yankees during eighth inning American League baseball action in Toronto, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Biagini did his best to keep the Blue Jays in the game but Toronto's offense was held dormant by the New York Yankees' Jordan Montgomery.

On the other side, the Blue Jays have lost eight of 10 games versus a left-handed starter and Biagini struggled mightily with the Yankees in his last appearance against NY.

Will the Yankees pull off the upset this afternoon in Toronto when they take on the Blue Jays at 1:07PM ET?