Blue Jays turn the power on to rally and outlast the Yankees on Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day, indeed.

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On a beautiful day for baseball at the Rogers Center, the dads in the crowd (and their kids, presumably) were treated to a rare gift: A Blue Jays victory against the New York Yankees.

The Jays rallied to beat the Yankees 10-9 before a crowd of 44,395 on Sunday, snapping the visitors’ winning streak at nine games and sending New York to just its 17th loss of 2022.

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Toronto appeared to be on the way to being swept in the three-game series against the best team in baseball, as New York had an 8-3 lead before the Jays got up off the mat.

The Jays have built their own sharp record (38-28) partially because of resilience, however, and it was that trait that led to victory.

In breaking a three-game losing streak, the Jays trimmed one game off the Yankees’ lead in the American League East and are now 11 back.

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A grand slam in the sixth by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the fifth such homer of his career, was followed in the seventh by a three-run shot by Teoscar Hernandez. The Gurriel homer off Miguel Castro brought the Jays to within one run, cutting the Yankees’ lead to 8-7; the comeback was complete when Hernandez’s homer to center off Wandy Peralta (1-1) put the Jays up 10-8.

“A lot of emotions,” Hernandez said. “It was a great moment of the game. That was a time my team needs me, for me to give the best at-bat that I can.

“Everybody knows the team that they have and the run they are on. We know if we play good against them and beat them, we’re in a good spot.”

It was the Jays’ 15th comeback win of the season. Considering the opponent, none have been bigger.

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What did the Jays show themselves and the Yankees?

“A lot,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That we don’t quit and we keep fighting until the end.

“It’s a credit to our whole team. You felt it in the dugout—we still have a chance. It was a total team effort. It’s a big win for us.”

The Yankees got one run back in the eighth when pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo hit a solo shot off Tim Mayza with one out.

Jordan Romano faced two batters in the eighth, retired both, and faced five batters in the ninth before recording his 17th save.

It was the longest outing of the season for Romano, who had not gone pitched more than one inning in any of his 25 previous appearances, and it was his second career five-out save.

“That was a huge win,” Romano said. “After the first two games (of the series), it would have been easy to roll over. But it’s not what we do.

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“In the bullpen, we never think we are out of the game with this offense. I had a feeling I would be used in a big spot, so I stayed ready and it happened.”

Yimi Garcia (1-3) got the win after pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief.

Toronto improved to 4-8 against New York in 2022.

Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi again had trouble with consistency. Kikuchi struck out five and departed down just one run, 3-2, after four innings of work. But Kikuchi gave up a couple of homers, hit two batters, walked two and threw a wild pitch.

Gleyber Torres homered to lead off the second to cut the Jays lead to 2-1, and in the third, ex-Jay Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

New York scored three in the fifth off Adam Cimber.

The Jays had an early 2-0 lead when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. blasted his 17th homer, a two-run blast, with one out in the first. That was the only hit Toronto got off Yankees starter Luis Severino until George Springer hit a solo homer with two out in the fifth inning.

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Max Castillo, meanwhile, won’t soon forget his major-league debut.

Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees slams his bat after getting hit by a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Center on June 19, 2022 in Toronto.

After the Jays selected the righthander to their roster earlier in the day from triple-A Buffalo, Castillo came on to start the sixth with the Jays trailing 6-3.

The first two batters Castillo faced — Kyle Higashioka and Marwin Gonzalez — homered to left field.

Castillo settled down, getting the next three Yankees in order.

game on

Springer’s home run ended an 0-for-18 slide … Not a great first inning for Donaldson. After Kikuchi hit him, Donaldson slammed his bat to the ground in frustration and was booed. After Kikuchi struck out Giancarlo Stanton, and with Torres at the plate, Donaldson was picked off first base by catcher Alejandro Kirk for the third out … Kirk’s acumen brought an end to the Yankees’ half of the second as well. As Gonzalez was striking out, Aaron Hicks bolted for a second, only to be thrown out by Kirk on the steal attempt.


Nate Pearson’s tough luck continued on Sunday. In Buffalo on a rehab assignment, Pearson was pulled from the Bisons game after throwing just two pitches because of discomfort in his right shoulder. He will be evaluated over the next couple of days… Castillo had a 0.66 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings of work with Buffalo… The Jays optioned righthander Casey Lawrence to the Bisons.

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