The New York Yankees had no problem against the deflated Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Center on Tuesday. Their 5-2 win secured them first place in the AL East Division.
Imperial on the hill, Jameson Taillon (14-5) led the Bronx Bombers into good port. He allowed just two earned runs with seven hits in seven and a third innings on the mound, in addition to knocking out six batters.
Gleyber Torres led the visitors on offense. He hit three hits and drove as many runs, allowing Aaron Judge in particular to cross the plate in the sixth inning.
The Jays’ gunners also employed an effective, if not necessarily ingenious, technique to prevent Judge from hitting his 61st long ball of the season. The Yankees slugger used four free passes in the duel.
Judge hasn’t homed in his last seven games. Remember he’s trying to match Roger Maris’ American record, set in 1961.
Aaron Hicks with a double and Anthony Rizzo with a single scored the additional points for the winners. Kyle Higashioka and Oswaldo Cabrera also bothered John Schneider’s men with three and two goals respectively.
The evening was particularly difficult for Jose Berrios (11-7), who has been capable of both best and worst this season. In five and a half innings, he gave up nine hits from safe and five earned runs. The Yankees were limited to two hits for the rest of the game after he left the mound.
Assistants David Phelps and Anthony Bass stood out late for Canada’s only major league baseball team, both passing three batters in the mitt in less than two innings.
The match had started well for the Jays, however, buoyed by George Springer’s long solo ball in the first tackle. However, they struggled to demystify Taillon and his successor Lou Trivino afterwards, adding just one point thanks to Vladimir Guerrero’s simple son.
The Blue Jays, who had won their last three games, will look to win that three-game streak on Wednesday.
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