Aaron Judge hit two of New York’s five home runs and the Yankees extended their AL wild-card lead by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-2 on Thursday night.
Gliver Torres and Anthony Rizzo were linked with Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray and Brett Gardner added a single homer as New York (91-68) reduced his magic number to two post-season spots. The Yankees are two matches ahead of Boston and passive Seattle, both 89-70, after the Red Sox lost 2-1 to Baltimore last year. Toronto has beaten New York in three matches.
New York have won eight of nine but could be in a better position in a season-end series against AL East-champions Tampa Bay. First baseman Luke Voight went on the injured list on Thursday with left knee pain and infielder DJ Lemahiu was replaced at the bottom of the sixth inning due to right hip pain.
Michael King (2-4) played 1 1/3 scoreless innings to win in the comfort of Corey Kluber. Luis Severino did a perfect seventh, Chad Green made three straight outs after dropping a leadoff double in eighth, and Aroldis Chapman finished ninth.
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New York’s first five hits were home runs. The judge first caused a 4555-foot single explosion that landed in an unused lounge area below the center field scoreboard. He hit another 441-footer drive in the batter’s eye as the Yankees returned home to close out a 2-1 deficit three times in the sixth.
For the judge, the home runs were his 37th and 38th. It was his sixth multihomer game of the season and the 16th of his career.
Roy (1-7–7) Giancarlo Stanton walked after the judge’s first inning exploded but Torres escaped further damage when he flew to the warning track on the right.
Gary Sanchez walked to start the second, but Roy retired 13 Yankees in a row.
Rizo finished that streak with a one-out drive on the right in streak, his 21st. The judge followed with his second homer, Stanton walked in and Torres finished the verdict with a two-run shot off his ninth ball.
Ray stumbled on his final chance to sue for the AL Sai Young Award, allowing four hits, all home runs, and matching the height of a season with five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and hit four.
Roy pitched two home runs against Colorado on April 2, 201 set while pitching for Arizona.
Gardner made it-2 ninth with Julian Meriwather’s Homer, his tenth.
Toronto’s Corey Dickerson answered Judge Homer’s first homer in the second with an RBI double from Kluber, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. chased Klouber in fifth with an RBI double that climbed over the center field wall.
4 In 2/3 innings Kluber allowed two runs and seven hits. The king arrives and walks to Bo Beachet before grounding Tiokar Hernandez.
Yankees: Triple commemorates right-hander Albert Abreu from Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. … Manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday night’s test showed no fracture of OF Joey Gallo, who left Wednesday’s game after hitting his left hand on a pitch in seventh place. Gallo was held outside the starting lineup but replaced Stanton in the LF in eighth place.
Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was left out of the lineup after playing the last two games due to pain in his right hand. The guerrilla needed two stitches to close a cut on the back of his hand after teammate Randall Grichuk was injured in a game at the outfield last Thursday.
The next one is coming
Blue Jays LHP Steven Matz (1-7–7, 8.8) starts Friday when the Blue Jays open a three-match home series against Baltimore. Orioles are not a starter name. Matz is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season.
Yankees: LHP Nestor Curtis (2-2, 2.85) starts Friday in the opening match of the three-match home series against Tampa Bay. RHP Shane McClanahan (10-6, 3.44) is expected to start for Ray.