TORONTO — After getting beat here the last two games, the Blue Jays simply out-bombed the Bombers Sunday. Toronto hammered four homers off the Yankees, rallied from a five-run deficit and pulled off a 10-9 win at the Rogers Centre.
It snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Yankees (49-17) and the first time their pitchers had allowed 10 runs this season. They were the last team in the majors to give up 10 runs in a game. The four home runs they allowed was just one shy of the season-high of five allowed by Gerrit Cole in Minnesota. The Blue Jays (38-28) cut the Yankees’ lead in the American League East to 11 games with the win.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a grand slam off Miguel Castro in the sixth and Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run shot off Wandy Peralta in the seventh to give the Blue Jays their first lead since the first inning of the game.
Anthony Rizzo, pinch hitting in the eighth, hit his third home run in the last four games to cut it to a run. Marwin Gonzalez singled to get the tying run on and Jose Trevino, pinch hitting, drew a walk to force Blue Jays’ manager Charlie Montoyo to go to his closer. Jordan Romano coaxed a fly out from DJ LeMahieu and then struck out Aaron Judge swinging.
The Yankees had the tying run on third when Romano walked Giancalo Stanton and Aaron Hicks singled with two outs in the ninth. Rizzo grounded out to second to end the game.
Kyle Higashioka and Marwin Gonzalez went back-to-back in the sixth off Max Castillo, who was making his major league debut. Not only was it Gonzalez’s first home run as a Yankee, but the first by a Bombers’ shortstop this season. The Yankees were the only major league team without a homer from the shortstop spot.
Gleyber Torres hit his 13th of the season in the second off of Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi. Torres hit it in his 201 at-bat of the season. He had a total of 12 homers in the 2020 and ‘21 seasons combined over 595 at-bats. Torres doubled in two more runs in the fifth.
Josh Donaldson, who angrily slammed his bat down after being hit by a pitch in the first inning, took some extra time to admire his sixth homer of the season in his next at-bat. The two-run shot in the second gave the Yankees their first lead of the day.
Luis Severino had given up a two-run shot to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the bottom of the first.
The right-hander, who had been scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday with flu-like symptoms, went five innings allowing three runs on three hits, he walked two and struck out five. He gave up the two-run shot to Guerrero Jr., and then a solo shot to George Springer in the fifth.
He left in the sixth with two on. Castro got a ground out to third, but Donaldso’s throw couldn’t beat out the runner for the double play. He struck out Santiago Espinal, but walked Matt Chapman before giving up the grand slam to Gurriel Jr. He gave up a double to Raimel Tapia causing Aaron Boone to pull him for Wandy Peralta, who got the Yankees out of the inning.