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Donaldson homers twice as Jays top Yankees

June 26 2017, 12:07 | Rex Rios

Donaldson homers twice as Jays top Yankees

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Brett Gardner led the inning off with his 12th homer of the year, launching it into the right-field pen.

An error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a 7-0 loss opened up the floodgates for the Yankees on Friday and an error allowed NY to jump ahead again on Sunday.

CINCINNATI - Devin Mesoraco snapped an 0-for-15 slump in the best possible way, leading off the 10th inning with a home run off Jose Ramirez to lift Cincinnati to a comeback win over Atlanta.

"It was big, no doubt about it, considering where we're at and the kind of team they've got", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Smoak picked up his third RBI of the night in the third when he hit a Michael Pineda offering to centre to score Bautista from third, putting the Jays up 4-0. Justin Smoak out on a sacrifice fly to left center field to Aaron Hicks.

Devon Travis got hit by Severino to start the seventh inning and was bunted to second by Chris Coghlan.

While the Toronto Blue Jays wait patiently for Aaron Sanchez to fully overcome his lingering blister issues, Joe Biagini has quickly become a force to be reckoned with after transitioning from the bullpen to the starting rotation.

Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (neck) was held out of the lineup for the third straight day but hopes to return Sunday. Either way, he crushed the pitch with all his might, smoking a 116-m.p.h. rocket to centre field that smacked off Kevin Pillar's glove and dropped to the turf for a run-scoring double.

Josh Donaldson gets the honor. His catcher, Luke Maile, pointed out at Biagini after the second, reaffirming that he'd thrown good pitches but that a good hitter had merely laid off of them.

Aaron Judge then smoked an 0-and-2 cutter - MLB Statcast measured the exit velocity at 116.2 miles per hour - to deep centerfield.

Justin Smoak, one of the Blue Jays top offensive producers this season, drove in three runs and Francisco Liriano pitched into the sixth in his return from the DL as Toronto held off a tough NY lineup.

The Yankees have hit 84 home runs this season, tied for second-most in Major League Baseball. Well, maybe not entirely, but the Yankees wasted way too many chances. Matt Holliday also went 3 for 5 batting cleanup behind Judge, who didn't have as big of an impact, though he did single and drive in a run.

Maile rose to the challenge the next inning, nailing Didi Gregorius at second when the Yankees shortstop attempted to steal the base. Chase Headley flies out to deep left field to Ezequiel Carrera.

Corey Kluber came off the disabled list to pitch six scoreless innings, and Cleveland benefited from three errors by Oakland that led to five unearned runs.

Travis's sac fly gave the Jays a 7-5 lead in the seventh. He had one strikeout before Jonathan Holder replaced him in the sixth.

It's just freaky to see that kind of pop going to the opposite field, but Judge is obviously no ordinary ballplayer. But I felt like I just tried to keep attacking and stay in the strike zone and stay in front of them. It was the fourth multi-home run game of his young career. Torres received attention from the Blue Jays training staff and was able to continue. Osuna struck out Judge, Holliday and Starlin Castro en route to his 13th save. He is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts since. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 6.34 ERA) will face Boston LHP Drew Pomeranz (5-3, 4.24).

Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reported that Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez is scheduled for his first throwing session on Monday.



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