Guerrero and Jays streaks abandon Yanks sliding from WC’s top spot
NEW YORK (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 41st homerun and the Toronto Blue Jays knocked out the losing Yankees from first place in the AL wild cards, beating New York 6-3 Wednesday evening.
The Yankees have lost five in a row and nine of 11 since winning 13 in a row. This latest loss saw them lose half a game behind Boston for the first wildcard slot.
Teoscar Hernández hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning and Guerrero clinched Aroldis Chapman to start the ninth as the Blue Jays won their seventh in a row. Toronto has moved within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees.
Guerrero bolstered Toronto’s lead when he hammered a fastball several rows back into the left field seats. He’s three short of the career-high Hall of Fame father Vladimir Sr. set in 2000 for the Montreal Expos.
“He’s a showman,” said Blue Jays rookie starter Alek Manoah. “Just what he does for our team and how he’s been able to fight even during a few downturns throughout the year, he finds ways to stay together and keep the team together and keep some positivity. “
“So it’s not just the bat he brings to the plate. It’s his attitude in the locker room, his positive attitude in the canoe, it just brings a lot of life to our team, “he said.
Guerrero reached three goals per night following the end of his career-high 14-game hitting streak. Toronto won for the 10th time in 11 games. He leads the AL with a 0.320 batting average and has been above 0.300 in all but one game this season.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run single during a three-run fourth. He gave the green light on Hernández’s hit against Clay Holmes (6-3), which came shortly before Boston claimed a 2-1 victory over AL East leaders Tampa Bay.
Jake Lamb added a sacrifice ball in the eighth on a night in which Toronto set a season high with 11 walks, including a 13-pitch free pass by Hernández in the fifth. This is the most marches in Toronto since he also got 11 in Texas on August 26, 2015.
“The whole team is doing a great job, pitchers, defense and our roster has been exceptional,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “Our lineup is hot.
Brett Gardner hit a three-run equalizer in the fifth. It was New York’s first hit since Gary Sánchez’s two-run homer in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 8-7 loss to Baltimore.
“We know we have the capable guys, but we have to do it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s a bit of a record broken this week, I get it, but this is the group that we absolutely believe in and we have to change things and (I) believe we will, but it has certainly been frustrating for several. days for us on the offensive side.
Manoah allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start at Yankee Stadium. His first start in New York came on May 27 in his major league debut when he allowed two hits in six innings in Game 1 of a doubles program.
“These games mean a lot more than my debut, so I’m going to keep going and giving it my all,” Manoah said. “It doesn’t matter the day.
Trevor Richards (6-2), who pitched for Tampa Bay and Milwaukee before joining Toronto, pitched 1 2/3 inning for the win.
Adam Cimber whipped up Anthony Rizzo with two runs to finish the seventh to maintain a 4-3 lead and threw a scoreless eighth. Jordan Romano worked a ninth 1-2-3 for his 16th save on 17 occasions.
Rookie Luis Gil returned to the New York rotation and allowed the first three runs of his career and a hit in 3 1/3 innings. He took out six and walked seven.
The 23-year-old right-hander made his major league debut last month and had not allowed a run in 15 2/3 innings over three starts before facing the expanding Blue Jays.
EYES ON DISCHARGE
The large screen on the center field scorecard showed Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame speech. As the former Yankees captain spoke, the Yankees players relaxed in the outfield stopped to watch the speech.
“I thought it was awesome,” Boone said. “I thought he tackled a bit of everything, shared some really cool little stories, people that obviously had an impact on his career, seeing his family in the crowd was cool and attending another Hall of Fame with which I was able to play. of.”
During the game, the scoreboard played several notable highlights from Jeter’s 20-year career that ended in 2014 and several No.2 jerseys were spotted in the stands.
Blue Jays: Montoyo said that DH George Springer (left knee contusion) is feeling better. He fouled his left knee in the eighth inning on Monday and was on the injured list for August 15-29 with a sprained left knee. … RHP Ross Stripling (stretched sideways to the left) made a rehab debut Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo and could start one of Saturday’s doubles program games in Baltimore.
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (left hamstring tight) was encouraged by his condition according to Boone. Cole ended his start Tuesday with two outs in the fourth inning. Cole is not having an MRI at this time. … RHP Domingo Germán and Luis Severino launched bullpen sessions on Tuesday which Boone said went well. Germán has been on IL since Aug. 1 with inflammation in his right shoulder and could evolve to face live hitters. Severino is recovering from a strained right shoulder suffered during his rehab from Tommy John surgery in March 2020.
RHP José Berríos (7-5, 3.48) start for Toronto against RHP Nestor Cortes (2-2, 2.67) in the series final on Thursday. Berríos is 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in seven starts since acquiring Minnesota on July 30.
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