TORONTO – Teoscar Hernandez punched his chest as he paraded on the Rogers Center base, celebrating his three-run homer that gave the Toronto Blue Jays the lead. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who helped the Jays narrow the gap to one point with his grand slam, celebrated Hernandez’s brilliance from the top step of the bullpen.
Those hard hits helped the Blue Jays come from behind to beat the New York Yankees 10-9 on Sunday.
“It was very emotional, it was a big moment in the game,” Hernandez said of his celebration. “It was at a crucial moment and my team needed me. I had to be at my best at bat. »
The Yankees have a significant 11-game lead over the Blue Jays, who occupy the second tier of the East Division of the American. Aaron Boone’s men also hold the No. 1 spot in Major League Baseball.
The Jays were on a strong streak going into the series and slowing the Yankees down, even if it was for just one game, will help their confidence.
“Against the Yankees, every game will be like that,” Hernandez said. Everybody knows what kind of team they got […] and the sequence they are on. »
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. started the game with a two-run homer while George Springer fired a solo homer to allow the Jays (38-28) to save themselves from a sweep in the three-game series against the Yankees.
Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi (2-3) allowed three runs on three hits and struck out five in four innings of work. He gave up two walks.
Adam Cimber, Max Castillo – who was playing a first game in Major League Baseball -, Yimi Garcia, Tim Mayza and Jordan Romano came in relief.
Former Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson slammed a two-run homer for the Yankees (49-17), who saw their winning streak end at nine.
Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Marwin Gonzalez and ER Anthony Rizzo have all hit solo home runs for the New York roster.
Luis Severino (4-1) struck out nine batters but allowed five runs in five innings. Relief pitchers Miguel Castro and Wandy Peralta allowed the other five runs while Ron Marinaccio completed the job.
“It seemed like an easy win, that’s what I thought,” Severino said. You know, it’s not over until it’s over. They made a great comeback. »
The Blue Jays will return to the road on Monday. José Berrios (5-2) will get the start against the Chicago White Sox. Lance Lynn, who started the season on the injured list, will start for the White Sox.
In other matches:
St. Louis 4 – Boston 6
STL : Juan Yepez hit a three-run homer in the ninth.
BOS : Nick Pivetta got 10K over seven innings and Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer. Trevor Story earned his 10th home run.
Tampa Bay 1 – Baltimore 2
TB : Corey Kluber (3-4) was the losing pitcher.
BAL : Anthony Santander homered. The Orioles win back-to-back series against Tampa for the first time since 2017.
Texas 3 – Detroit 7
TEX : Corey Seager got his 15th homer of the season.
IT: Robbie Grossman homered and drove in four runs.
Kansas City 0 – Oakland 4
KC : The Royals were limited to a meager three hits.
OAK : Sean Murphy had three hits and drove in three of his club’s four runs.
Angels de L.A. 4 – Seattle 0
LAA : Mike Trout hit his 21st homer of the season, at the expense of starter Logan GIlbert.
SEA : The Mariners’ offense was anemic, with two hits.
White Sox de Chicago – Houston